For once the artist really has come out on top, as singer songwriter Amanda Ghost has been named the new president of Epic Records, part of Sony's Columbia/Epic Label Group. She replaces Charlie Walk, who left Epic after his contract expired late last year.
Ghost has written songs that sold more than 25 million records in the last three years including James Blunt’s "You are Beautiful"; Beyoncé & Shakira’s “Beautiful Liar” and Jordin Sparks “‘Tattoo.
”I'm not a conventional choice as an executive in the music business, but it is testament to the new mood at Sony where content is now king and the music business is being put back in the hands of creative talent such as myself," says Ghost. "I’m here to draw on my experiences as an artist, songwriter and producer to make the new and existing artists signed to Epic as brilliant and successful as possible”.
Amanda Ghost released her own major label debut "Ghost Stories" (Warner Bros.) in 2000 and later went on to release records in the UK on her own record label, Plan A distributed through Universal Records. During that time she also started a publishing label and music production company where she signed new and developing artists, most recently, Hugo Chakra, who is licensed through Jay Z’s record label Roc Nation.
“I am delighted that Amanda has chosen to bring her creative vision and flair to the Epic label. In the changing environment of the music business record labels undoubtedly need to be complete partners with the artistic community and Amanda will be the perfect executive to meet that challenge,” Rob Stringer, Chairman Columbia/Epic Label Group said in a statement.