Angelica Cob-Baehler, Veteran Music Executive Who Helped Develop Katy Perry, Dies at 47


Veteran music govt and tv producer Angelica Cob-Baehler died Wednesday (Nov. 21) after a year-long battle with most cancers, Billboard has confirmed. She turned 47 lower than two weeks in the past.

Cob-Baehler, who was instrumental in discovering and creating acts -- most notably Katy Perry -- was a fierce advocate for the artists she labored with throughout her 25-year profession, together with Stone Temple Pilots, John Mayer, Death Grips, System of a Down and 30 Seconds to Mars. 

Most lately, Cob-Baehler, often called “Geli” to her pals, was chief advertising officer for Big Three, the skilled Three-on-Three basketball league, based by Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube.

Cob-Baehler met Perry whereas she was a vp at Columbia Records. Perry was signed to the label and recorded a still-unreleased album. When Cob moved to Virgin Records in 2005 -- employed as svp of publicity by then-CEO Jason Flom, with whom she'd labored at Atlantic Records -- she started an finally profitable marketing campaign to deliver Perry to Capitol Records (following Virgin’s merger into the EMI Music Group) and performed a big function within the A&R and artistic route of Perry’s 2008 breakthrough album, One of the Boys, in addition to the follow-up, Teenage Dream. They remained shut till Cob-Baehler’s dying.

"Angelica was a consummate skilled," says Flom, now head of Lava Records. "She had an uncanny potential to acknowledge expertise and a present for serving to artists attain their biggest potential. I do know Angelica as the one that believed in Kid Rock when few others did and she or he labored tirelessly to assist rework him right into a famous person. Angelica was the one that was answerable for bringing a then unknown performer named Katy Perry to Virgin Records. But what I'll all the time bear in mind about Angelica was her variety and delicate spirit. For although she was robust and hard, she by no means misplaced her cool and she or he had an incredible constructive influence on my life and on the lives of numerous others.  Rest in peace, Angelica. You are gone too quickly, however you'll by no means be forgotten." 

Cob-Baehler was a lot beloved within the music business and, following her analysis in October 2017, her business pals rallied round her. Former and current colleagues from Atlantic Records despatched tons of of mylar helium balloons to her home, delighting her and her two younger daughters. Another pal organized for her teenage crush, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, to pay her a particular go to. She bravely chronicled her therapy on Facebook in generally brutally sincere element, but additionally usually regaling her pals with humorous tales and the '80s playlists she listened to throughout her radiation classes. 

She started her profession as an intern at Elektra Records and after her commencement from UCLA was employed as an assistant at Atlantic in 1993. She moved to Columbia Records in 2001. She left EMI in 2011 and took an evp advertising job at Epic. In addition to heading advertising at Epic, Cob-Baehler served in an A&R capability, signing hip-hop band Death Grips, who had been named Spin journal’s artist of the yr in 2012.

After lower than a yr, she left the Sony Music label to affix Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park, which morphed into The Firm in August 2015. She was promoted to go the Firm’s music operations in June 2016. She then headed to Big Three with Kwatinetz, working carefully with Ice Cube and his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr

Kwatinetz despatched an emotional e-mail to his firm this afternoon and others near Cob-Baehler, disclosing her passing. "I don't know if I've ever met anybody fairly like her. She was actually so particular, so loving, so caring...she was so pleased with the work she did, but additionally of the household she assembled...She was enthusiastic about artwork, politics, making the world a greater place, and being an actual pal to folks like me, who wanted her in my life and I'll by no means go a day with out pondering of her." Kwatinetz spoke for a lot of of Cob-Baehler's pals when he praised Perry for her loyalty to Cob-Baehler lengthy after they stopped working collectively. "As somebody who has labored with expertise and am used to not being appreciated for perception and dedication, I do wish to say that the artist she dropped at the world, Katy Perry, was magnificent to her when she turned sick. Katy did outstanding issues and stepped up for her pal Angelica. I don't know Katy however I really like her so dearly for being that uncommon person who didn't neglect somebody who believed in her and fought for her. That too impressed me."

Cob-Baehler additionally co-produced the 2017 20-episode season of Hip Hop Squares and served on the board of administrators for Generosity Water, the Thirst Project and MusiCares.

In addition to her daughters, Cob-Baehler is survived by her husband, photographer Chapman Baehler, and a number of other members of the family.