Guy Oseary

Partner/Head of A & R;

Maverick Records

At the ripe age of 25, Guy Oseary is one of the busiest executives in the music industry.

"I've got so many things offered to me right now, I can't really begin to talk about it," said Oseary, waving off a request for an interview.

Four years ago, Oseary signed then-unknown Alanis Morissette to Madonna's Maverick Records and hit the jackpot. Morissette's debut album for Maverick, "Jagged Little Pill," sold over 28 million copies worldwide and raked in four Grammy awards.

Oseary's coup may have been dismissed as a stroke of luck until last year, when he outmaneuvered Interscope and Geffen Records in signing the English band Prodigy for Maverick. The band's latest album, "The Fat of the Land," sold an estimated 7 million copies.

Born in Jerusalem, Oseary moved to L.A. at age 6. While a student at Beverly Hills High School, he sought out fellow students whose parents worked in the entertainment industry. Those contacts paid off; after high school, he began managing rap artists and caught the attention of Freddy DeMann, Madonna's manager. DeMann gave him a job in artists and repertoire for the Maverick Records label founded by DeMann and Madonna.

Oseary's first major signing for Maverick was Seattle grunge-rock group Candlebox, whose debut album sold 3.5 million copies.

"Guy is incredibly talented at seeing the talent and potential in other people and encouraging that potential," said Maverick A & R; Director Jason Bentley. "Whenever I have a meeting with him, it leaves me feeling energized and inspired."

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