John Grady Exits Sony Music Nashville

Sony Music Nashville president John Grady is leaving Sony BMG after RCA Label Group chairman Joe Galante was named to head all of the company’s country record labels. In an internal memo distributed Wednesday (April 19) to employees, Sony BMG CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz announced that Sony Music Nashville and RLG were being combined under Galante’s leadership. Sony Music and BMG (which already owned RLG) merged in 2004, but Grady had operated Sony’s Columbia and Epic imprints, with Galante running RLG’s RCA, BNA and Arista labels. Grady, whose artist signings include Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert and Van Zant, previously worked as an executive at Mercury Nashville, where he executed the marketing campaign for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album, an all-acoustic project that eventually sold more than 7 million copies. Sony BMG officials have not indicated whether its workforce or country artist roster will be downsized as a result of the corporate restructuring.