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Music News (3/31/21)

[ 0 ] March 31, 2021 | |

Scotty McCreery Signs With Universal Music Publishing Nashville

Pictured (L-R:) Scott Stem (Triple 8 Management), George Couri (Triple 8 Management), Terry Wakefield (UMPG), Scotty McCreery, Troy Tomlinson (UMPG). Photo: Danielle Del Valle

Scotty McCreery has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Nashville.

McCreery won the American Idol competition 10 years ago, and since then has become an award-winning country artist with many accolades under his belt. He’s a three-time BMI Award winner as the writer of one of the top 50 country songs of the year in 2015 for “See You Tonight,” in 2018 for “Five More Minutes,” and in 2019 for “This is It,” as well as winner of the NSAI Songwriter Award for One of the Top Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written for “Five More Minutes” in 2018. The multi-Platinum selling singer-songwriter co-wrote all 11 songs on his most recent album, the RIAA Gold-certified Seasons Change, including his three consecutive No. 1 hits: “Five More Minutes,” “See You Tonight,” and “In Between.” McCreery is also a co-writer of his current single “You Time.”

McCreery is currently writing and recording the anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed Seasons Change, with “You Time” as the lead single. Written by McCreery, Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis, and produced by Rogers, Eshuis and Derek Wells, the track has garnered nearly 11 million streams since its release and is steadily climbing up the country charts.

McCreery is represented by Triple 8 Management’s George Couri and Scott Stem for management, as well as WME’s Nate Towne for booking.

FGL’s Brian Kelley Partners With Warner Music Nashville For Solo Music

Brian Kelley. Photo: Ben Christensen

Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley has announced a new partnership with Warner Music Nashville. The label will represent Kelley’s solo music venture, Nashville South Records, Inc.

The news comes months after the ACM nominated duo announced on social media that they will be releasing their own music as individuals.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here. I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level,” says Kelley. “This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind—get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

“We are honored that Brian Kelley chose WMN as home to his solo endeavors,” says Warner Music Nashville EVP A&R Cris Lacy. “I’ve been an FGL believer from day one, and BK’s clear vision for himself and his upcoming project is a testament to his heart, soul, and talent. His new music is the perfect antidote to 2020, and what an incredible way to start 2021!”

Kelley is represented by Full Stop Management (Irving Azoff, Jeffrey Azoff) in partnership with WHY&HOW (Bruce Kalmick, Eddie Kloesel).

Roger Springer, Hailey Steele Sign With Lady Luck Songs

Pictured (L-R): Lady Luck Songs’ founder and songwriter Kim Penz, Bobby McLamb (Mixtape Music Group), Davis Corley, Ashley Mascroft (Mixtape Music Group), Nicole Wyatt, and Hailey Steele

Roger Springer and Hailey Steele have signed exclusive publishing agreements with Lady Luck Songs.

Springer has co-written singles including Mark Chesnutt’s  “I Might Even Quit Lovin’ You,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Let It Rain,” and “Thank God for Believers;” Sammy Kershaw’s  “Matches;” Love and Theft’s “Dancing in Circles;” Randy Travis’ “T.I.M.E.;” and George Strait’s “I Ain’t Never Seen No One Like You,” among many others. He received an ASCAP Country Award as the co-writer of “Let It Rain” in 1998.

Steele began performing at an early age, sharing stages with country legends including Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn. She moved to Nashville at 19. Steele’s co-writing credits include Raelynn’s “Boyfriend,” Gwen Sebastian’s “Small Town Soul,” and Kalie Shorr’s “Fight Like a Girl,” among others. The singer-songwriter just released a new single, “American Spirit,” co-written with Caitlyn Smith.

Springer and Steele join the company’s songwriter roster which includes Davis Corley, Maks Gabriel, and company founder, Kim Penz.

In other company news, Nicole Wyatt has been retained as an independent song plugger for Lady Luck Songs, and the company will provide administration and song-pitching services for Mixtape Music Group. After collaborating for the past two years, Lady Luck Songs and Mixtape Music Group have formalized a partnership. Lady Luck is now handling all pitching and administration services for Mixtape’s songwriter roster, which includes Bobby McLambDarrel Rae, Landon Magee, Chloe Lawson, and John Pate

Sony Music Publishing Nashville Renews Deal With Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas. Photo: Courtesy Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing Nashville has renewed its worldwide deal with legendary, award-winning country songwriter Tom Douglas.

The lauded songwriter, known for crafting No. 1 songs for artists including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and more, has been a mainstay on country radio for the past three decades. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he has been honored with an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, Grammy nominations, and more.

Douglas launched his songwriting career in his late thirties with his first cut in 1994 entitled “Little Rock” performed by Collin Raye, which reached No. 1 in country charts. Since then, Douglas has written classic modern country hits including “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” “Southern Voice,” “My Little Girl” and “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” by Tim McGraw; “God’s Will” by Martina McBride; “I Run To You” and “Hello World” by Lady A; ACM Song of the Decade “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert; “Raise ‘Em Up” by Keith Urban and Eric Church, and many more.

Douglas has been a career songwriter at Sony Music Publishing, never having signed anywhere else. He was signed by the late Donna Hilley in 1993.

Styles Haury Signs With Warner Chappell Music Nashville

Pictures (L-R): Will Overton (WCM), Styles Haury, Ben Vaughn (WCM). Photo: Taken on a SPYPOINT Camera

Singer-songwriter Styles Haury has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music Nashville.

The Ohio native has opened for artists including Dwight Yoakam, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Chris Janson, Uncle Kracker, and Tyler Farr, and brings an intimate yet infectious energy to the stage. Haury’s music embodies his love of the outdoors, and reflects his personal experiences of hunting and fishing, marrying his hometown girlfriend, and the up and downs of adulthood. The hunting enthusiast has already secured brand partnerships with Stlhd Gear, SPYPOINT Cameras, Tenpoint Crossbows, Rhino Metals, and Laka Coolers, among others.

Haury is represented by Creative Artists Agency and managed by Samantha Borenstein of Sam I Am Entertainment.

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