Sammie Taylor has been hired as executive vp of A&R at Republic Records, founder and president Avery Lipman and president, West Coast creative Wendy Goldstein announced today (Oct. 2). Taylor is based in Los Angeles.
In his new role, Taylor will lead and oversee A&R for artists on the Republic roster while also scouting, signing, developing and cultivating new talent. He joins the label from Kobalt, where he served as executive vp, creative beginning in 2016. During his tenure there, he signed superstar artists including Roddy Ricch and Gunna and played a hand in signing many more, including Raphael Saadiq and Jay Rock.
Also at Kobalt, Taylor brought several A-list producers and songwriters into the fold including Yung Exclusive (Drake, Travis Scott), BlaqNmilD (Drake), Jay White (Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion), Teddy Walton (Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar), Jahaan Sweet (Drake, Russ, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) and Al Shux (Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars”). He additionally served as the liaison between Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar for the song “Alright,” which the former co-wrote and co-produced.
Taylor launched his career in the A&R department at Elektra Records in 2002. He has also served in roles at Atlantic Records, Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing.
“Sammie brings a ton of energy, an incredible track record, and noticeable passion to our team,” said Lipman in a statement. “He has an unbelievable ability to develop talent. It’s an honor to welcome him aboard.”
Goldstein added, “Sammie and I have teamed up on multiple projects in the past, and his passion, vision, and work ethic always impressed me. He can certainly recognize talent, but he also has an incredible ability to develop and cultivate talent. He will be key to our continued growth and evolution as a company and a cornerstone of our A&R strategy going forward.”
“I’ve always respected Republic Records and what Monte and Avery Lipman have built from the outside,” Taylor added. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Wendy Goldstein for years on different projects. I want to be a part of bringing artists with a lot of substance, who are saying something, staying current, and going forward to Republic. The label is giving me a platform to do just that, and it’s very exciting.”