Wardell Malloy
Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, NY
Wardell Malloy is Executive Director, Writer/Publisher
Relations, New York, for BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.).
Malloy was previously Senior Director in that
department, and is based in BMI’s New York office.
In his position at the performing right organization,
Malloy plays an integral role in signing and fostering the
growth of some of the top songwriters and producers in
the r&b, hip-hop and gospel genres, including A$AP
Rocky, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Benny Blanco, Alex Da
Kid, Claude Kelly, Donald Lawrence, Kierra Sheard and
Makeba Riddick. He also oversees creative programs
aimed at educating and supporting songwriter activities,
including showcases, workshops, panels and seminars
in New York and throughout the U.S. Malloy continues to
expand his credits serving as co-producer of BMI’s
annual Trailblazers of Gospel ceremony, which has
aired on the Gospel Music Channel and executive
producer of the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music
Live cd, a first by any performing rights organization.

Malloy joined BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations
department in 2002 from Universal, where he was an
A&R Manager responsible for scouting writers and
producers for album projects, as well as for assisting
with the administration and creative aspects of album
production. Prior to Universal, he was Fashion Assistant
at Source magazine. Malloy is an active Director on the
Board of COCM/Harvest of Hope and was previously a
member of The Recording Academy Board of
Governors. Most recently, he obtained his DJ
Certification from the Scratch DJ Academy. Malloy
attended the Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in
Advertising and Marketing.

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Valerie Simpson
Board Member
Valerie Simpson is one half of the Dynamic Duo Ashford
& Simpson. She is an accomplished songwriter and
producer as well as recording artist whose chart busting
hits stretch over four decades and include "Ain't No
Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need To Get By,"
"Let's Go Get Stoned," "I'm Every Woman," "Reach Out
And Touch Somebody's Hand," "Ain't Nothing Like The
Real Thing," "Your Precious Love" and "Solid."

She and her husband Nickolas are known for their
exciting concert appearances and continue to wow
audiences in the United States and internationally in
London, Liverpool, Amsterdam and Japan. She is proud
of the 12 Gold and Platinum Records and over 50
ASCAP Awards she has collected. Simpson and her
husband also received ASCAP's highest honor, The
Founders Award and the Pioneer Award from the
Rhythm & Blues Foundation. They were also inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Valerie and
Nick are currently working on a musical based on their
life story. They also own a popular club/restaurant in
Manhattan, Sugar Bar, which promotes talented
songwriter/singers and has assisted in launching many
successful careers.

Simpson's music remains continuously in play; Seal's
cover of "I Am Your Man" returns a Motown classic to the
present and Amy Winehouse's "Tears Dry On Their
Own," is built on the music from "Ain't No Mountain High
Enough." Lil Wayne samples another of their classic
Motown tunes "Benji" in his current album.
James Leach
VP, Writers/Publisher Relation, West Coast
James Leach is Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relation,
West Coast Operations.

Leach began his music career at Famous Music Publishing
before landing with ATV Music Group where he was
eventually named Director of Creative Affairs. Upon
leaving ATV, Leach formed Leach Entertainment
Enterprises where he consulted for several indie labels
and placed music recording projects in various
film/television projects.  

Leach rejoined Famous Music Publishing and was
responsible for signing current million-selling
artist/producer AKON and also served as Music
Consultant/Coordinator for the groundbreaking TV show,
“New York Undercover” as well as working for Fox
Television before joining SESAC in 2001.