Jennifer Blakeman

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Jennifer Blakeman
Born August 6
Genres Rock, Pop, Hard Rock
Occupation(s) Music executive, Artist, Songwriter
Instruments Keyboard, Guitar, Flute, Background Vocals
Years active 1985–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records, Universal Music, BMG
Associated acts Billy Idol, Savage Garden

Jennifer Blakeman is a musician and music industry executive. Blakeman was a keyboardist for multiple bands predominantly in the 80s and 90s, before starting a career in the Music Publishing industry.

Artist career[edit]

Blakeman started her musical career as a founding member of the band Private Life,[1] a hard rock formation produced by both Ted Templeman, and Eddie Van Halen[2] and released two records with this band on Warner Bros. Records entitled Shadows (1988) and Private Life (1990),.[3] Later Blakeman worked as a touring keyboardist for British rock artist Billy Idol, the Australian pop rock formation Savage Garden (most notably on the Affirmation album), British pop act Billie Myers, 70s heartthrob David Cassidy along with many other artists.

Business career[edit]

She later became an executive at Cherry Entertainment Group,[4] Atlantic Records, Universal Pictures, Universal Music Group, and later Zomba Publishing.[5] After the purchase of Zomba by Universal Music Publishing Blakeman continued working with the company as the Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs. In this function she was responsible for the publishing of artists including Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Skylar Grey, T-Pain, Anthony Hamilton and Linkin Park.[6] Currently Chief Creative Officer at Atlas Music Publishing Group,[7] she oversees a roster of top writers whose songs have been recorded by John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Miley, Sam Hunt, and hundreds of others.[8]

She is an Adjunct Professor of Music Publishing at New York University. After serving as President of The Recording Academy's New York chapter board, she was elected to serve as Trustee on the national board of the The Recording Academy, a position which she currently holds.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Private Life". Rock Detector. Retrieved 14 June 2011. Last Known Lineup Jennifer Blakeman - Keyboards 
  2. ^ Chilvers, C. J. (2001), The Van Halen Encyclopedia, CJ Chilvers, p. 169, Private Life's Jennifer Blakeman helped Edward set up all the keyboard MIDI equipment... 
  3. ^ "Jennifer Blakeman". Band to Band. Retrieved 11 July 2011. Jennifer Blakeman is a member on the following 2 albums 
  4. ^ Bell, Sam, ed. (30 August 1997). "Billboard" 109 (35). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 34. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 13 June 2011. Cherry Entertainment Group appoints Jennifer Blakeman VP of operations and special projects. 
  5. ^ Hay, Carla, ed. (11 September 2004). "Billboard" 116 (37). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 34. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 13 June 2011. Zomba Music Publishing in New York names Jennifer Blakeman VP of creative. 
  6. ^ "Profile Jennifer Blakeman". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 13 June 2011. Her roster includes: Skylar Grey, Ne-Yo, Linkin Park, T-Pain, Justin Timberlake, Flyleaf, Anthony Hamilton among others. 
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  9. ^ "New York Chapter". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 14 June 2011. President - Jennifer Blakeman 

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