Warner Chappell Music UK appoints Amber Davis as head of A&R

Amber Davis (pictured) has been named head of A&R at Warner Chappell Music UK, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group.

Since joining the publisher in 2014 as creative director she has signed songwriters including Dave, J Hus, Skepta and Stormzy to its roster.

Amber also supports songwriters including B Young, Celeste, DJ Spinall, Dyo, Katy B, Odunsi (The Engine), Ssega, Steel Banglez, Swifta and Tom Zanetti.

In 2017 she was added to the Music Week Women in Music Roll of Honour and won the MBW A&R Hip Hop & Grime Award 2016.

Amber started her career at EMI Music Publishing as an A&R assistant before becoming VP, A&R, producer management.

During her time at EMI Amber signed acts like Girls Aloud, James Arthur, Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Two Inch Punch and a publishing deal for DJ Paleface’s song Do You Mind?, which was sampled in Drake’s number one hit One Dance.

Amber Davis says: ‘It’s a real honour to be asked to take on this role working with our amazing A&R team and I’d like to thank Carianne, Guy and Mike for this incredible opportunity.  I’ve been working in publishing for more than 15 years and I’m genuinely excited for what the future holds for Warner Chappell Music.  The songwriters we have are what make our business thrive and to work with some of the most talented writers and managers in the business and represent their songs is a real privilege.

Mike Smith comments: ‘Amber’s one of the standout A&Rs of her generation and yet one of the most modest people you’ll ever meet.  Her role in the UK urban scene cannot be underestimated, but she’s also proved adept at working with writers from Girls Aloud to Celeste.  It’s been fantastic to work with her over the years and I can’t wait to see what she achieves in this new role.’

Guy Moot, co-chair and chief executive, Warner Chappell Music, adds: ‘I first worked with Amber when we hired her as an A&R assistant at EMI Music Publishing more than 10 years ago.  I knew then that she had the drive, determination and diligence to go far, as well as a real feel for how to help songwriters fulfil their potential.  I’m so pleased to be working with her again and supporting her as she grows and leads her talented team.’