Shani Gonzales has joined Warner Chappell Music (WCM) as head of international, executive vice president of A&R, US.
Gonzales will work out of the publisher’s New York office, reporting to WCM co-chair & CEO Guy Moot. Gonzales arrives from serving as co-head of A&R at BMG US and UK, following stints at Epic Records and Def Jam. She was previously a member of Warner Chappell’s A&R team from 2004 to 2008.
The newly created role will see Gonzales develop collaboration between WCM’s international A&R teams to increase global impact for its acts. She will also work closely with Ryan Press, WCM president, A&R, US, and his team to bring new songwriters into the fold. Gonzales will alos serve in an A&R capacity at Atlantic Records.
Guy Moot said: “As music increasingly crosses international borders, the appointment of Shani to this newly minted role will further our long-term strategy of expanding global opportunities for our songwriters. Shani has signed and developed some of the most important and successful songwriters of our generation, and her extraordinary ability to connect creatives around the world will make her an invaluable asset as we continue to strengthen our global team.”
Shani's extraordinary ability to connect creatives around the world will make her an invaluable asset
Guy Moot, WCM
Ryan Press added: “Shani’s one of the most talented and well-respected A&R people in the business. She’s fiercely devoted to seeing her songwriters’ careers thrive, and I’m looking forward to working closely with her to create unique and impactful opportunities for our U.S. roster abroad.”
Gonzales said: “I couldn’t be more excited to return home to Warner Chappell Music. With Guy and Carianne [Marhsall] leading the charge, the vibe is fantastic, and it feels great to be working with such amazing people who share my passion for songwriters and the art of the song. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the WCM family across the globe, as well as with Ryan and his crew in the US. I’m also very happy to be joining the Atlantic A&R squad, and to have the opportunity to work with Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald, and their brilliant team.”
Gonzales has signed and developed a raft of hit songwriters and producers, including Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna) and Labrinth.