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Music News (9/25/19)

[ 0 ] September 25, 2019 | |

Jon Randall Extends Publishing Deal

Pictured (L-R): Jake Gear (Senior Creative Director, BMG), Emily Olson (Creative Director, SWM), Sara Beal (Publishing Director, SWM), Alex Orbison (Co-President, SWM), Jon Randall, Kos Weaver (Executive Vice President, BMG Nashville), Chuck Fleckenstein (General Manager & COO, SWM)

Hit songwriter Jon Randall has extended his worldwide publishing deal with Still Working and BMG. His recent cuts include “Pretty Bitchin” and “Tequila Does” on Miranda Lambert’s upcoming album, Wildcard, “RSVP” on Maren Morris’ album, GIRL, and last year’s ACM Song of the Year “Tin Man,” co-written with Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram.

In addition to writing, Randall will continue to serve as the Head of A&R at Orbison’s Green Iris Records and is currently working with Green Iris artist Rachel Reinert on her forthcoming record.

Spirit Music Group Signs David Garcia

Pictured (L-R): Derek Crownover, Attorney (Dickinson Wright PLLC); David Garcia; Megan Keelan, Legal Intern (Dickinson Wright PLLC); Michelle Davey, Director of Administration/Office Manager (Spirit Music Nashville); Cam Caldwell, Attorney (Dickinson Wright PLLC); Derek Wells, Sr. Director of A&R/Production (Spirit Music Nashville); Brian Bradford, VP of Administration and Operations (Spirit Music Nashville); David Crow, Attorney (Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC); Matthew Beckett, Attorney (Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC); Frank Rogers, CEO (Spirit Music Nashville); Freeman Wizer, Sr. Director of Creative (Spirit Music Nashville)

Spirit Music Group has signed a multi-faceted deal with songwriter and producer David Garcia, which includes the purchase of his catalog as well as a publishing deal for future works.

Four-time Grammy recipient Garcia co-wrote and co-produced the smash hit “Meant To Be,” recorded by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line. The song spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In 2017, he earned a No. 1 hit for co-writing and co-producing “More Girls Like You,” recorded by Kip Moore.

Garcia has penned more than 20 No. 1 Contemporary Christian songs. He was named ASCAP’s 2019 Christian Songwriter of the Year last Monday, Sept. 16 (he previously earned the honor in 2015), and has earned nine Dove Awards.

He worked with Carrie Underwood on her sixth studio project, including the lead single “Cry Pretty,” and “Southbound.” His latest single, “Hell Right,” recorded by Blake Shelton (ft. Trace Adkins) is currently at radio.
 

Play It Again Music Signs Walker Montgomery To Publishing, Artist Development Deal

Pictured (L-R): Dallas Davidson and Walker Montgomery

Play It Again Music has signed Walker Montgomery to a multi-faceted music publishing and artist development deal. Play It Again founder and CEO Dallas Davidson, who has earned 25 No. 1 singles, will produce a new project for Montgomery, the son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Eddie Montgomery, which will be released on the company’s independent label.

Before signing his deal, Walker Montgomery earned more than 3 million streams with his self-penned first single “Simple Town,” which earned the attention of Play It Again’s President, Juli Newton-Griffith. Griffith looks forward to spearheading the development of Montgomery’s career and establishing him as a major songwriter and recording artist.
 

Martina McBride Premiering New Podcast With Garth As First Guest

Martina McBride is hosting a new podcast, “Vocal Point with Martina McBride” which is set to premiere on Friday, Sept. 27. The country star and lifestyle influencer is sitting down with A-List friends from across all genres including musicians, celebrity chefs, actors and anyone with a story to tell, and her first guest is none other than Garth Brooks. She and Garth chat about life in the limelight and how he has navigated fame and his impactful career. Other guests throughout the season include Lauren Alaina, Pam Tillis, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, Sara Evans, Don Was, Brenda Lee, Runaway June, Howie Mandel and Loretta Lynn.
 

MusicRow Introduces New N.B.T. Music Industry Directory, Submissions Now Open

In our effort to recognize the industry’s up-and-coming talent, MusicRow‘s inaugural N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) Music Industry Directory will be featured in MusicRow‘s print issue that comes out the first week of December.

The N.B.T. Music Industry Directory is the first and only list of its kind, showcasing Nashville music business professionals who are rising through the ranks. This class of industry members occupy mid-level roles at their respective companies, and are on a trajectory of excellence to lead the Nashville music industry into the future. Applicants should ideally have a minimum of 5 or more years experience in the music industry.

Click here for more information.

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