Jay “Hennessy” Washington Lands New Position

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Jay “Hennessy” Washington has worked as an A&R, developing the careers for the likes of countless notables who frequent the charts. Needless to say, it’s no surprise when Varick Street of Def Jam Records brought him into the fold as their new A&R Consultant. After being the first one in the studio and the last one to leave, all of his hard didn’t go unnoticed. The Executive Vice President and Head of Promotions, Noah Sheer states, “Jay Washington is one of the most diligent A&Rs I have ever come across. He lives this shit. He’s all up in the culture and he never leaves the studio. We are lucky to have him here at Varick Street.” 

This Bronx native began his career as an intern for labels like Uptown Records and Bad Boy Entertainment that was headed by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. His resume also includes that he worked under the tutelage of Benny Medina, who was a record executive, talent manager and television producer. Medina was respected among his peers and he was a true mover and shaker in the entertainment industry. Hennessy has been grinding it out within the past four decades with his finger on anything moving upward in the music industry. He is more than equipped to handle the demanding world of being an A&R at Varick Street/Def Jam Records. Coined as the “Ghetto Berry Gordy” he has made his mark and will continue to do so. Hennessy acknowledges, “There is a crucial need for Artist Development. Most Artists are looking for instant success and checks. It’s a different game out here but the fundamentals are the same. Artists still need to learn about media skills, choreography, vocal coaching and managing their career as a business. A lot of blood sweat and tears goes into the development of an Artist.” Hennessy is here for it all and that’s what makes him stand out from all the rest. Publicist Lynn Hobson adds, “I am proud of Hennessy’s new position. As a long time colleague and friend, I am delighted to say that I am also happy for my client. His hustle, drive and creativity, are unmatched.” 

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