Lee Dannay is a 30-year veteran of the music industry, including 15 years at Sony Music as a senior A&R executive for both Epic and Columbia Records, and five years at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. At Sony, Dannay signed, developed, and worked with a variety of artists including John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Five for Fighting, Train, and Anna Nalick, among others. She contributed to soundtracks, created compilations for Legacy and Sony Wonder, and was instrumental in the creation and release of several significant charitable album projects. At Warner/Chappell, her roster included Brandi Carlile, Iron and Wine, the Jayhawks, and Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of the Swell Season, along with numerous pop and rock songwriters and producers. Dannay then returned to Sony Music to work for both Syco Entertainment and Sony Masterworks as a senior music producer for America’s Got Talent, involved in casting and artist development for the music talent segments, and as an executive producer for the artists subsequently signed.
For her own creative consulting company, GoodWorks Music, Inc., Dannay is creative director and founding member of a music therapy initiative called Knock Out Noise, which researches and creates music and musical templates for sensory processing disorders. Currently, she's head of A&R for Nashville-based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, where she's responsible for signing artists, providing A&R services for the roster, and assisting with the development of the Thirty Tigers' publishing venture with its administrator, Wixen Music. She works with a broad range of artists including Bruce Hornsby, Joy Williams, G-Love, artist and songwriter Priscilla Renea, and Frances Cone, among others.
Dannay is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and Hofstra University as well as a voting member of the Recording Academy, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the Americana Music Association, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She's on the board of directors for Project Muszed.