Mumbai: Stephen Ferrera has been appointed Executive Vice President, A&R, Island and Mercury Records, it was announced by Mercury Records president David Massey.
In his new post, Ferrera will actively seek out, acquire and develop new talent, oversee recording projects from the creative standpoint, and solicit producers and repertoire on behalf of Island and Mercury artists. Ferrera, who is based in New York, will report directly to Massey.
"David Massey and I are kindred spirits and our musical paths have crossed many times over the years. I intend to invest all of my heart into the pursuit of realizing our artists’ musical potential and dreams. I’m grateful to David and to LA Reid for allowing me to bring my passion, ideas and experience into this new position," stated Ferrera.
"Stephen is blessed with an impeccable reputation in the creative community," said Massey. "He is a song man par excellence and a respected and accomplished musician and producer in his own right. That strength has served him well as one of the most talented A&R executives in the industry. His abilities complement our growing team at Island and Mercury, and we are extremely pleased to have him aboard."
Ferrera comes to IDJ from RCA Music Group, where he has served as Senior Vice President, A&R/Staff Producer, since 2000. Prior to joining RCA, Ferrera was head of A&R/staff producer at Jazz & Classics Capitol Records.