Columbia Records chief dies

Columbia Records chief dies


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2014

Sony Music have announced the sad, early death from lung cancer of Steve Ferrera,  senior VP of A&R at Columbia Records. A granduate of NEC and Juilliard, Steve looked after the likes of Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Heather Headley, Ne-Yo, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. But when it came to merging the RCA’s classical Red Label into the Sony machine, he was notably sensitive to the anxieties and needs of artists and classical personnel and is warmly remembered by them.



  • federico says:

    ricorderemo sempre Steve come lo abbiamo conosciuto, un ragazzo semplice,allegro ed affettuoso amante del mare , degli spaghetti con le vongole e delle serate passate insieme, in famiglia. Si dice che per conoscere le persone dobbiamo guardarle fisse negli occhi e gli occhi di Steve erano puliti, tranquilli e trasparenti. un bacio da tutti noi, ciao Steve.

  • Neil van der Linden says:

    The artists he managed in the pop sector are quite trivial if not vulgar, maybe with the exception of Ne-Yo, but Ne-Yo actually records of Universal, and, rather because of his early recordings, Rod Stewart, who however mostly recorded and had his most successful records for Warner and for Universal. Most probably Mr Ferrara had other feats on his name, otherwise he would not have become A&R manager for Sony. But the given CV for his pop achievements is a strange mishmash.