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Music News (7/24/19)

[ 0 ] July 24, 2019 | |

BMG Nashville, WME Ink Deals With Singer/Songwriter Sean Stemaly

Top Row(Pictured L to R): Alex Luebbert (WME), Scott Safford (Safford & Motley), MaryAnn Keen (BMI), Austin Neal (WME), Kevin ‘Chief’ Zaruk (Big Loud) Bottom Row(Pictured L to R): Kos Weaver (BMG), Rakiyah Marshall (BMG), Sean Stemaly, Lex Lipsitz (Big Loud/Maverick)

Singer-songwriter Sean Stemaly has signed a new global publishing agreement with BMG Nashville. Additionally, Stemaly has signed with WME for exclusive worldwide representation in all areas including music, film, television, books, branding and endorsements.

Stemaly is managed by Lex Lipsitz and Chief Zaruk at Big Loud/Maverick management.

Born in Western Kentucky and raised in the river bottoms on the Southern Indiana line, Stemaly found his singing ability at the age of nineteen and began writing songs at 22. Since relocating to Nashville, he has written more than 100 songs and shared the stage with artists like LANCO, HARDY, RaeLynn, Cody Johnson and more. Sean released his new single, “Georgia,” in February. He co-wrote his recent release with Ryan Robinette, Davis Branch, and Sam Grayson and he co-produced it with Lex Lipsitz.

LOCASH Ink Co-Pub Deal With BMG

Pictured (L-R): Chris Oglesby, VP Creative, BMG Nashville; Kos Weaver, EVP, BMG Nashville; LOCASH’s Chris Lucas, Preston Brust; Jake Gear, Sr. Creative Director, BMG Nashville; Ross Schilling, Vector Management

BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records artists LOCASH have signed a new co-publishing agreement with BMG Nashville.

The duo’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have penned hits for other artists, including Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” and Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah,” as well as their own chart-topping singles “I Know Somebody” and “I Love This Life.”

Kos Weaver, EVP, BMG Nashville, said “We’ve been wanting to work with these guys for years and that day is finally here!”

Jake Gear, Sr. Creative Director, BMG Nashville, “We’ve long admired Preston and Chris—both creatively as songwriters and artists. We’re excited to have these guys as part of the BMG publishing team and ready to plug in creatively to maximize their writing for both LOCASH records and to continue their success of cuts on other artist projects. Their drive and hustle are absolutely infectious…this is going to be fun.”

Songwriter Jason Sever Joins Amped Entertainment

Pictured (back row, L-R): Lewis Thomason’s Christian Barker, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Keller Turner Andrews & Ghanem’s Jason Turner. (front row, L-R): Amped Entertainment’s Breanna Sill and Eric Gallimore, and Jason Sever

ASCAP songwriter Jason Sever has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Missi Gallimore’s Amped Entertainment. Sever, who penned Dustin Lynch’s “Seein’ Red,” joins a roster that includes Chris Lindsey, KK Johnson, and Bryan Simpson.

“We’re thrilled to have Jason on board to join the Amped roster. We feel his work is very viable in today’s market and we are so excited to help to him reach the next level,” commented Amped Entertainment’s Eric Gallimore.

BMI Hosts Second Publisher Takeover With Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Jody Williams and David Preston, BMI songwriters Luke Dick, Casey Beathard, Jeff Hyde, Little Louder Music’s Arturo Buenahora, and BMI’s Mason Hunter. Photo: Steve Lowry

BMI and PNC Bank hosted the second installment of four Publisher Takeovers slated for the summer on July 18 with hit songwriters Casey Beathard, Luke Dick and Jeff Hyde of Little Louder Music.

Before the round began, BMI’s Jody Williams, Mason Hunter and David Preston presented the three songwriters with their coveted “Million-Air” awards, which are reserved for songs that have reached one million plays. In order to reach this milestone and receive an award, the song would have to be played back-to-back for an average of six years. Between the three songwriters, the number of spins they received certificates for totaled the equivalent of 125 years of continuous play.

The next Publisher Takeover will take place on BMI Nashville’s Creative Patio on August 15.

Emily Weisband Steps Into Her Own With New Single, Major Label Album [Interview]

Emily Weisband. Photo: Claire Marie Vogel

Emily Weisband has been a mainstay in writers circles in the country, pop, and Contemporary Christian Music fields, even earning a Grammy for her role in co-writing Hillary Scott and the Scott Family’s hit CCM track “Thy Will.” The THiS Music writer also penned Camila Cabello’s “Consequences,” as well as songs for Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, BTS, Dan + Shay, Danny Gokey and more.

With her upcoming debut album, Identity Crisis, out later this year on Warner Records, she steps into her own as an artist, with elegant, stripped down pop productions woven around lyrics that chronicle her creative evolution, struggles to command her own multi-faceted identity and to identify her own voice as an artist.

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