Jeff Blue Explodes Onto the Music Scene

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In 1995, Jeff Blue was a music journalist for Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and HITS magazine. He had recently started Crossroads Magazine, where he wrote about unsigned artists in both the Los Angeles area and around the country. His talents and abilities to spot potential music sensations caught the eye of Zomba Music Publishing, which offered him a job in the Artists and Repertoire division of the company.

Jeff BlueOne of the first acts Jeff Blue signed as the newest A&R executive at Zomba Publishing helped to cement his reputation as an A&R superstar. In 1997, Jeff heard the local band Xero’s first performance, and soon thereafter signed them to a development deal. Jeff spent the next three years developing the band, changing their name first to Hybrid Theory before settling on the name Linkin Park. Jeff showcased the band more than 44 times before he was able to secure them a deal. As the newest Sr. VP of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, Jeff signed Linkin Park and executive produced their record breaking album, “Hybrid Theory.” The album was an instant success, selling more than 4.8 million copies during its first year, which earned it the status of best selling album in 2001.

The success of Linkin Park was only the beginning for Jeff Blue. During this time he was also developing the Grammy Award-winning artist Macy Gray, and signed Limp Bizkit and Korn to publishing deals. Jeff’s early success as an A&R executive has provided him with an abundance of opportunities throughout his amazing career as a multi-platinum music producer and award-winning songwriter.

Jeff Blue Award Winning Music Producer

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Jeff Blue has a talent for turning previously unsigned artists into award-winning, multi-platinum sensations. After more than 25 years in the music industry as an A&R executive, Jeff has received recognition for the hard work and dedication he delivers to his clients. His exceptional talent and commitment to the music industry hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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Throughout his career, Jeff Blue has received numerous accolades and awards, those honoring him for his contributions to the music industry. In 2000 and 2001, Jeff was recognized as the number one A&R executive in the world by HitQuarters Worldwide. With his vast experience and unparalleled talent in discovering and developing unsigned artists into multi-platinum, award-winning acts, Jeff has become a legend in the music industry. He has developed some of the biggest names in the industry, including Linkin Park, Korn, Macy Gray, and Limp Bizkit. He has won several awards as a result. Jeff Blue has also received many Platinum Album Sales Awards, accolades he is very proud of.

Several of the artists Jeff Blue has signed have gone on to win Grammy Awards. In 2002, Linkin Park won a Grammy for the “Best Hard Rock Performance” Grammy for their song “Crawling.” Macy Gray, another artist Jeff developed, won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hit single, “I try” in 2001. Jeff is not only an award-winning music producer, but he was also honored with a BMI Songwriting Award for “Pictures of You,” a song he co-wrote with band members from The Last Goodnight.

Jeff Blue’s Early Success

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Jeff Blue is a multi-platinum music producer with more than 25-years in the music industry. After finding success as a music journalist writing about unsigned artists, Jeff found his calling as an A&R executive in charge of finding and developing new artists. The first artist Jeff discovered in 1997, would end up being a game changer and would set Jeff on a path of success.

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In 1997, as the A&R man for Zomba Music Publishing, Jeff signed small local band Xero on the night of their first performance. With years of experience writing about unsigned artists, Jeff knew he could turn this band into a worldwide success. He worked with the band for three years, helping build their sound and identity and never giving up, even after endless rejections from indie and major record labels alike. He showcased the band 44 times before signing them to Warner Bros. Records as the new Sr. VP of A&R, and introduced the world to the newest rock band, Linkin Park. Jeff spent the next year as the executive producer of their debut album “Hybrid Theory,” which was released in 2001, becoming a worldwide record breaking success.

Jeff Blue continued working with Linkin Park, creating more opportunities and helping them grow into the worldwide sensation they are today. The band has gone on to win more than 63 awards including two Grammys. Jeff has received Platinum Sales Awards in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 for his contribution to the band’s success. Even more important, this early success cemented Jeff as an A&R executive to watch and put Jeff on the path to success.

Jeff Blue – Dedicated and Diversified

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Jeff Blue is a multi-platinum music producer, A&R Executive and songwriter who is currently signed to BMG Chrysalis Music Publishing. He is also the CEO of Jeff Blue Music. He has discovered, developed and produced some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Jeff BlueHe has been in the entertainment industry for more than twenty-five years. His first break came in 1988 when he starred in several TV commercials, and interned for future TMZ host Harvey Levin, who at the time was the legal reporter at KCBS TV in Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA a year later with a degree in communications. From there, the ambitious young man entered Loyola Law School, and received his law degree in 1992. He passed the California Bar the same year. In between, he starred in a commercial for Pepsi-Cola with supermodel and actress Cindy Crawford.

 Also in 1992, Jeff Blue began working as a music journalist. A year later he launched Crossroads Magazine, and eventually wrote for Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications, producing work about unsigned artists. He had a knack for recognizing unsigned talent, and soon began working as an A&R Exec, finding and developing new artists. Through 1997 to 2000, he signed and developed multi-platinum rock bands Linkin Park, Macy Gray, Korn and Limp Bizkit, among other major acts.

In 2000, after four years of development and over 44 showcases, Jeff Blue brought Linkin Park to Warner Bros, signing and executive producing their worldwide record breaking album, “Hybrid Theory”, which garnered countless awards and accolades. Through his three year tenure at Warner Bros, he also signed famed Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, Daniel Powter, who penned the #1 worldwide hit “Had A Bad Day”, and executive produced the multiplatinum soundtrack to the Aaliyah movie, “Queen of the Damned.”

 Jeff Blue has climbed steadily higher in the industry as Sr. VP, A&R and Staff Producer for Interscope Records and RCA Records with current Apple Executive Jimmy Iovine, as well as legendary music mogul Clive Davis. Blue then moved to Virgin Records, where he signed, A&R’d, co-wrote, produced and performed on his worldwide award-winning smash hit, “Pictures of You” by The Last Goodnight. In 2009 “Pictures of You” earned Blue a BMI Award for most played song of the year. He wrote and produced hit records for such artists as Better Than Ezra and Hoobastank, to name a few. He began doing A&R for labels such as Jive and Atlantic Records, where he developed artists through his own imprint, signing and developing the Nebraska band Emphatic to Atlantic, Dallas band Shoreline’s End to Island Def Jam, W.E.R.M to Universal Republic, and writing with multi-platinum artists such as Neon Trees and country band Parmalee. More recently, he signed the all-girl Swedish band Riot Child to his joint venture with BMG Chrysalis Publishing. Now he is branching out into the visual arts, teaming with famed interior designer Rick Laborico to form Rock Shop Art, using mixed media to create modern visions.