Joe Galante began his career in the music business with RCA Records in New York in 1971 as manager of financial analysis. He arrived in Nashville three years later as manager of administration. During the next several years he held jobs as VP of promotion and VP of marketing and operations. Galante’s rise saw him become the youngest man to lead a major Nashville label when he took over as head of RCA Nashville in 1981. In 1990, he was named president of RCA Records in New York, returning to Nashville four years later as chairman of RCA Label Group/Nashville, encompassing the RCA and BNA labels and adding the Arista Nashville imprint in 2000. In 2002 he also added Provident label group, the leader in Christian music. Four years later, welcoming Columbia Nashville as its fourth imprint, the label group became Sony BMG Nashville, adopting the Sony Music Nashville name in 2009.
In April of 2010, after 40 years within the same label family, Galante announced his decision to step down from his post as chairman of Sony Music Nashville. Across a remarkable tenure, Galante helped launch the careers of Alabama, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Dave Matthews, Wu Tang clan, SWV, The Judds, Lonestar, Martina McBride, K.T. Oslin, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Whitley, Chris Young and many more, while his leadership bolstered the careers of such superstars as Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.
Currently he is a board member of Avenue Bank, Entrepreneur center, Artist Growth LLC , Fishbowl Spirits, the Country Music Association and Country Music Association Foundation, Abes Garden, and DART Music. He is also an advisor to FLO, Empirical, and mentor in residence at the Entrepreneur center.