Gary Overton to Leave Sony Music Nashville

Label Imprints Include RCA, Columbia, Arista Nashville

Gary Overton will step down from his role of chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville at the end of the month. It is a mutual agreement between Overton and Sony, the label confirmed to CMT.com.

Overton has headed the label for five years. Sony Music Nashville’s label imprints are RCA, Columbia and Arista Nashville. Their collective roster includes Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young.

Newer artists associated with the label are Tyler Farr, Casey James, Chase Rice and the Swon Brothers.

In 2014, Garth Brooks released his long-awaited album, Man Against Machine, through an agreement with RCA and his own label, Pearl.

“Working at Sony Music has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Overton said in a statement. “I will deeply miss the talented team at SMN, but I am also excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the amazing staff for their tireless commitment to supporting our incredible artists.”

In February, Overton drew criticism after being quoted by The Tennessean saying, “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.”

Overton came from a background in publishing at EMI and management for Alan Jackson. He will leave the label on March 31.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.