Randy Goodman Named Head of Sony Music Nashville

Will Oversee Music From Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Other Superstars

Former Lyric Street and RCA Records executive Randy Goodman has been appointed chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville.

The corporate division, which had been rudderless since the departure of former chief Gary Overton in March, is the home to such artists as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans, Jake Owen and Chris Young.

In all, Sony Nashville is umbrella to 10 affiliated labels.

From 1997 through 2010, Goodman presided over Lyric Street Records, the country music division of the Walt Disney Company. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the recording careers of Rascal Flatts, SHeDAISY, Josh Gracin and Aaron Tippin (with whom he had worked at RCA), among others.

During his 16 years at RCA — principally in Nashville but for a time with the label’s pop division in New York — Goodman helped guide the careers of Alabama, Waylon Jennings, the Judds, Clint Black, Martina McBride, the Dave Matthews Band and Earl Thomas Conley.

In addition to steering the Sony country labels, Goodman will also oversee Provident Music Group, a Christian music enterprise.

Goodman will report to Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.