Getty Music today announced music industry veteran John Butler as Head of Artist and Song Development. Butler joins from Spotify where he was Global Head of Christian Music, where he oversaw the development and editorial play listing of Christian and Gospel music for the streaming service.
Speaking on Butler’s appointment, Keith Getty OBE says, “We are thrilled that John has agreed to join the Getty Music team. With his wealth of experience, not just in the music industry but in developing streaming provision, we are confident he will bring a new level of understanding as we look to develop the Getty Music offering. Streaming is a strategic component of our mission and will help Getty Music continue to developing deep theology, vibrant artistry and congregational singing for the whole family of God.”
Prior to this role, “JB” has navigated the industry with over 25 years of label marketing, promotion and strategic streaming experience. In this newly created position, Butler will oversee Getty Music’s global music streaming strategy as well as artist services and song development to Getty’s growing music and non-music offerings.
Butler says, “I have always had a huge amount of respect for the Gettys and the music that they have produced over the past decade. Their catalogue is so rich in musicality and theology. We are committed to helping that catalogue reach a new generation and make it as simple as possible for the hymns to resource the church around the world.”
JB spent sixteen years with Curb Records in Nashville, as VP of Promotion where he worked in across the music genres and played a pivotal role in launching the careers of Natalie Grant, Selah, and Plumb and also worked with Tim McGraw, MercyMe, LeAnn Rimes and more.
Prior he directed radio promotion at Squint Entertainment where he was instrumental in the crossover success of Sixpence None The Richer, and was part of the original team that guided the Americana heavy Arista/Austin roster when he moved to Nashville from New York in 1997.