May 24, 2022

Brandon Day Inks Publishing Deal With EMPIRE, Warner Chappell Music Nashville

EMPIRE’s Publishing division, in partnership with Warner Chappell Music Nashville, has signed Nashville-based producer and songwriter Brandon Day.

Day has production credits with artists including Brantley Gilbert, Plain White T’s, Austin Burke, and Steven Lee Olsen, as well as writing credits with artists such as Gilbert, Jimmie Allen, Granger Smith, and Eli Young Band. He also lent his skills to Brett Kissel’s recent hit, “Make A Life, Not A Living,” which was nominated for Single of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards.

“I’ve been a fan of Brandon Day for a long time and am very excited to add him to our EMPIRE Publishing roster,” notes Eric Hurt, VP of A&R Publishing, EMPIRE. “His growing success in the country market along with his songwriting and production versatility will be a great fit for EMPIRE Publishing as we continue to grow our Nashville division and work across multiple genres. When Ben Vaughn called about exploring this deal between Warner Chappell and EMPIRE, it felt like a no-brainer. We are thrilled to have Warner Chappell as partners.”

“Brandon Day is a rising star-a songwriter we really wanted at EMPIRE,” adds Al McLean, SVP, A&R Publishing, EMPIRE. “Together with Warner Chappell, we feel Brandon will navigate the broad creative frontier of songwriting by being able to cross several genres. Needless to say, we feel Brandon will utilize his broad writing ability so we can maximize various co-writing, placement and synchronization opportunities.”

“Brandon is extremely gifted in all aspects of music, from producing and playing guitar, to writing lyrics and crafting melodies, he’s a true master of his craft,” says Christina Wiltshire, Senior Director, A&R, WCM. “He knows how to see a song through, from the initial writing session, to the final mix, and we can’t wait to get started with him alongside EMPIRE.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to have such an amazing team behind my songs,” Day shares. “There’s such a wide variety of opportunities when working with companies as diverse and experienced as EMPIRE and Warner Chappell. I’m grateful for them putting their talents to work for me.”

April 28, 2022

Third Annual ‘Hometown To Hometown’ Event Honors Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne

The Save The Music Foundation and SongFarm.org hosted their third annual “Hometown To Hometown” event in Nashville on Tuesday (April 26). The event honored Grammy award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

Hosted by Cody Alan, the show featured performances and special appearances by Brandy Clark, Walker Hayes, Kylie Morgan, and Carly Pearce. Attendees also had the chance to hear from teachers and students impacted by Save The Music and SongFarm.org’s programs.

The benefit was sponsored by CMT, Gibson Gives, MAXISIQ, and Wrensong. Funds raised will support music programs at under-resourced high schools in the honorees’ hometowns of Mineral Wells, Texas (McAnally) and Pike County, Kentucky (Osborne), as well as in Nashville.

McAnally has established himself as one of the top songwriters in Nashville with over 40 No. 1 songs, three Grammy awards and two Songwriter of the Year Awards from the Academy of Country Music. Osborne is a multi-Platinum, Grammy award-winning songwriter who has notched 26 No. 1 songs on the country charts.

January 26, 2021

Shane McAnally’s SMACKSongs Continues Its Reign On The Country Charts

For the past eight years, SMACKSongs has ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Publishing Corporations year-end chart. Led by GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the country-focused independent publishing house has collectively amassed over 50 No. 1 songs since its formation in 2012.

Reigning Publisher of the Year, SMACK has received recognition from the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Nashville Awards the past three years while SESAC named SMACK Publisher of the Year in 2018 and 2020. SMACK ended 2020 with six No. 1 songs including Sam Hunt’s “Kinfolks” and “Hard To Forget,” Kane Brown’s “Homesick” and Blake Shelton’s “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere,” both featuring Gwen Stefani. McAnally credits the company’s success to hiring the right people and trusting each person to do their job.

“When these year-end lists come out, it really puts what we’re building into perspective and makes me feel so proud to see our independent company right in between all the huge publishing companies’ names,” McAnally tells me.

January 11, 2021

Kkr Buys Majority Stake In Ryan Tedder Catalog, Marking Investment Giant’s Return To Music Rights Ownership

KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) is a true global investment giant, with over $230 billion (yes, billion) in assets under management.

Once upon a time, it had a material stake in the music business, until it sold its 51% holding in BMG to Bertelsmann in 2013 for approximately $1bn.

Last summer, KKR dipped its toe back into music rights by joining a $48m round in royalty-free music and content platform – and Epidemic Sound rival – Artlist.

Today, however, KKR has jumped back in the music biz in a much bigger way – announcing that it has bought a majority stake in a music catalog created by three-time Grammy winner Ryan Tedder.

How big a deal are we talking? Transaction details weren’t disclosed… but KKR is keen to remind us that, to date, songs written by Tedder have sold over 420 million copies, or the equivalent of 63 billion streams.

KKR says the Tedder catalog spans nearly 500 songs, covering both “music publishing and recorded music rights”.

July 26, 2020

Meet Scott Hendricks: The Most Successful Country Producer Of The Last Quarter Century

For the past five decades, Scott Hendricks has been a mainstay on the country charts. Since his first chart topper with Restless Heart’s “I’ll Still Be Loving You” in 1987, the revered country producer has amassed a total of 77 No. 1 songs and has produced 120 Top 10 singles, making him the country genre’s most successful producer of the last quarter century.

Long before the Oklahoma native was the man behind successful projects by Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, and Blake Shelton, he was in the high school band and stage band. In between football practice and school, Hendricks would spend his weekends playing in a country band. While attending Oklahoma State University, he played lead guitar in a band called Marin. When his bandmate introduced the group to Greg Jennings, Hendricks immediately recognized the future Restless Heart member’s talent and offered to give up his guitar playing go out front and mix the band instead.

July 16, 2020

Benny Brown, Paul Brown, Jason Sellers Form Quartz Hill Records

Former BBR Music Group leaders Benny Brown and Paul Brown, along with hit songwriter Jason Sellers, have teamed with music distributor The Orchard to form the Nashville-based country label Quartz Hill Records.

Previously, Benny and Paul Brown headed Nashville’s indie music company, BBR Music Group, home of Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records and Wheelhouse Records. Founded in 1999, under Brown’s leadership, Broken Bow Records had more than 30 No. 1 songs, including Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “She’s Country,” by Jason Aldean and Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”

Sellers has penned several hit singles, including Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” ft. Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go,” and Joe Nichols’ “Sunny and 75.”

More information regarding the new venture will be released in coming weeks.

February 19, 2020

Endurance Music Group Acquires Wide Open Music

Endurance Music Group has acquired Wide Open Music, adding a roster of artist-writers including Jimmie Allen and Matt Stell, Wide Open co-founder Ash Bowers, and songwriters Seth Alley and Paul Sikes to the Endurance fold.

January 22, 2020

Jaron Boyer Renews Deal With peermusic

Jaron Boyer has renewed his exclusive songwriter agreement with peermusic, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 22) by peermusic President and COO Kathy Spanberger, as well as peermusic Nashville Sr. VP Michael Knox.

peermusic’s exclusive deal with Boyer includes all future works, and the company will now be collaborating with Hipgnosis Song Fund and Merck Mercuriadis, who purchased Jaron’s back catalog. Boyer was represented in the deal by Jason L. Turner, Esquire, Keller Turner Andrews & Ghanem.

November 25, 2019

Joe Fox Inks Pub Deal with Liz Rose/Warner Chappell Music

SESAC songwriter Joe Fox has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music.

The New Jersey native relocated to Nashville after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Fox has won The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, played guitar on various records including Maren Morris’ Grammy-nominated album Hero, and toured with country stars like RECORDS/Arista Nashville’s Matt Stell.

November 22, 2019

Ross Copperman wins BMI Songwriter of the Year for 3rd Year in a Row:

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