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A&R Worldwide Interview: Wendy Goldstein (Vol. 835)



Wendy Goldstein, President & Chief Creative Officer, Republic Records, stands as a towering figure in the realm of music A&R, and her illustrious career spanning three decades, is marked by an unparalleled knack for spotting talent and fostering the careers of some of the music industry’s most iconic artists.

Recently honored as the inaugural recipient of the esteemed Seymour Stein“Global A&R Award” at MUSEXPO, organized by A&R Worldwide, Goldstein’s creative and executive abilities are a testament to her instincts and capabilities. With her milestone anniversary in A&R garnering three decades this year, Goldstein’s journey reads like a roadmap of success, marked by astute decision-making, unwavering dedication, and an undeniable passion for the craft.

THE SEYMOUR STEIN – GLOBAL A&R AWARD: Pictured (L-R) are Jim Roppo (President & Chief Operating Officer, Republic Records), Wendy Goldstein (President & Chief Creative Officer, Republic Records), and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO).

From her humble beginnings as an assistant in the A&R department of Epic Records, Goldstein’s trajectory was unprecedented, propelling her through pivotal roles at Geffen Records and Priority Records/Capitol. Among her achievements is her tenure at Geffen Records, where Goldstein personally shepherded the careers of groundbreaking artists such as The Roots, Common, GZA, Mos Def, and The Bloodhound Gang, cementing her reputation as a tastemaker with an ear for the zeitgeist.

However, Goldstein’s influence only continued to grow with time, as evidenced by her transformative stint at Priority Records/Capitol. Here, she orchestrated a label deal with Disturbing tha Peace and spearheaded projects for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Chingy, and LaToya Luckett, further solidifying her status as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Yet, Goldstein’s most remarkable talent lies in her ability to navigate the ever-shifting currents of the music landscape, adapting seamlessly to new trends and technologies, while remaining steadfast in her commitment to nurturing authentic talent.

RECEIVING OFFICIAL PROCLAMATIONS from Nick Schultz, Mayor of Burbank (far right), along with Los Angeles County, and California State Assembly, and Senate officials are Wendy Goldstein (second from far right) for her 30 years of contributions to global A&R.

Among her myriad accomplishments, Goldstein’s role in shaping the careers of chart-topping artists such as The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, and John Legend stands as a testament to her unparalleled vision and unwavering dedication. As she embarks on the next chapter of her storied career, Wendy Goldstein’s legacy serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring A&R executives worldwide, a testament to the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and an unyielding belief in the transcendent power of music.

Click HERE to read the inspiring interview with Wendy Goldstein which was published a few weeks ago, and presented at this year’s MUSEXPO as part of her honorarium tribute and awards event.


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