Kenny MacPherson

His Scottish burr as disarmingly apparent as the day he arrived in the States more than two decades ago, Kenny MacPherson is one of the most visible figures in the music biz. He assumed the presidency of Chrysalis Music's American division in August 2002, after spending the previous 13 years as a creative executive at Warner/Chappell Music.

Born and raised in the picturesque seaside locale of Largs, MacPherson, like so many young Scots of his generation, gravitated to Glasgow and its vibrant music scene, landing a gig at the Apollo Theatre and eventually becoming the venue's concert manager. Among the artists who played the hall was former Humblebums member Billy Connolly, who gave the youngster the first of his several subsequent stints as tour manager. That experience brought him to London and a job with Harvey Goldsmith Entertainment, which in turn brought him into contact with numerous American acts.

One of them, the Manhattan Transfer, hired MacPherson to work for them out of Los Angeles. Before long, he made a move into management, or, more specifically, into Mismanagement, which represented Supertramp, then one of the biggest bands in the business, eventually forming a publishing wing with company head Dave Margereson. When Supertramp broke up and Margereson decided to return to London, Kenny chose to stay in America. He proceeded to tour-manage various artists, eventually taking a posh gig with Kenny G.

After overseeing numerous tours by the sax-playing money machine, MacPherson accepted an offer to head east in order to run the New York office of L.A.-based Warner/Chappell. In 1994, after five years in New York, Kenny returned to Los Angeles, where he was promoted to Senior VP A&R, where he signed and/or developed such acts as Radiohead, Staind, Underworld, Savage Garden, Paul Westerberg, Disturbed, BRMC and the Blue Nile.

Promoted last year to the position of President and Senior Executive of Chrysalis Music North America, MacPherson oversees an artist management company (Flatiron Management), an independent record label (Echo) and music publishing offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Nashville. Presently, MacPherson is working with Dan Wilson, Thom Yorke, BRMC, Daniel Lanois, Joe Henry, Secret Machines, Velvet Revolver, Ray LaMontagne, The Black Keys and My Morning Jacket, to name a few. Chrysalis is also home to a legendary catalogue encompassing the hits of Outkast, Blondie, David Bowie, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, Paul Anka and Cy Coleman.

Kenny MacPherson

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