Nashville, TN -- Dynamic and visionary record executive Scott Borchetta will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, January 21, for a rare interview. The Big Machine president and CEO will sit down with museum writer and editor Michael McCall to discuss his career, including his role in developing artists such as the Band Perry and superstar Taylor Swift, and his work with veteran stars including Garth Brooks, Martina McBride and Reba; and his thoughts on where the industry is headed. The program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and is free to museum members.
The program is presented in conjunction with the February 1 release of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Music, which will be published by Oxford University Press in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
Perhaps best known for signing Taylor Swift and nurturing her superstar career, Scott Borchetta is a music industry veteran who has made significant contributions to country music history over the last two decades. For that reason, he is among 92 new entries in the Encyclopedia of Country Music. As the Encyclopedia notes, Borchetta followed his father, veteran promotion executive Mike Borchetta, into the music business. Working at MCA Nashville in the 1980s and '90s, the younger Borchetta promoted the careers of Vince Gill, Reba, George Strait and others. When California entertainment company DreamWorks opened a Nashville record label, Borchetta took the head promotion job, rising to label general manager. When DreamWorks Nashville merged with the Universal Music Group, Borchetta was named senior vice president of promotion and artist development for the company's country music division, including DreamWorks, MCA and Mercury Records.
In 2005, Borchetta resigned from Universal to launch Big Machine, initially in partnership with singer Toby Keith's new label, Show Dog Records. Within a year, Big Machine and Show Dog split, and Big Machine began finding success with Jack Ingram, Swift and veteran Trisha Yearwood. Borchetta expanded his empire to include the labels Valory Music Group in 2007 and Republic Records Nashville in 2009, the latter in partnership with New York's Universal Republic Records. His companies' rosters continued to expand, signing Reba in 2009 and Rascal Flatts and McBride in 2010. Under his guidance, the Big Machine Label Group continues to thrive and is one of the industry's most successful record labels.
Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.