A&R specialist and hit songwriter Tab Nkhereanye has been promoted to SVP of A&R for Def Jam Recordings. Nkhereanye joined Def Jam in 2014 and made an immediate impact with the signing and creative direction of breakthrough artist Alessia Cara. He’s also responsible for JAHKOY, another major new priority signing for the label that is set to launch later this year. In making the announcement, Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam def jam_logoRecordings remarked, “In a very short period of time, Tab has shown incredible ability in both finding bright, new, exciting talent, and shepherding relationships with some of our most iconic artists. In addition, as a successful songwriter, Tab has the unique experience to relate to artists and help them bring their creative visions to life. We are fortunate to have Tab as part of the Def Jam family and this well-deserved promotion is reflective of our belief in him.”

Nkhereanye is a five-time ASCAP Award-winning songwriter who began his music industry career in Atlanta in 2006 as an A&R consultant for Bug Music/BMG. He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 as VP of A&R for Sony ATV Music Publishing. He has written hits for Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and others. “It’s an honor to be part of the great Def Jam tradition,” said Nkhereanye. “I’m excited to be working alongside such respected executives as Steve Bartels and Faisel Durrani and the entire family here at Def Jam. Making records for this legendary company is nothing short of special.”