James Stroud Leaves UMG Nashville

James Stroud has exited his position as co-chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville to return to producing, according to The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper. Four other UMG employees reportedly left the company with Stroud, who previously headed DreamWorks’ Nashville division prior to its purchase by UMG in 2004. Stroud has already been tapped to produce Billy Currington’s next album. His past production credits include Clint Black, Toby Keith and Clay Walker. After Stroud’s departure, Luke Lewis was named UMG Nashville’s chairman and CEO, and Brian Wright was promoted to vice president of A&R. UMG’s imprints include MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville and Lost Highway Records. The company’s artist roster includes George Strait, Shania Twain, Josh Turner, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Gary Allan, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams.