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Music News (1/11/23)

[ 0 ] January 11, 2023 | |

Ernest Launches New Publishing Company, Ern’s Cadillac Music, In Partnership With Big Loud

Pictured (L-R): Chandler Walters, ERNEST, Cody Lohden and Rafe Tenpenny. Photo: Delaney Royer

Big Loud singer-songwriter Ernest has launched his own publishing venture, Ern’s Cadillac Music, in partnership with his record label.

Named with his prized 1975 Coupe DeVille in mind, Ernest’s inaugural signings include steel guitar player and songwriter Chandler Walters and Kentucky born, artist-writer Cody Lohden. Additionally, the company is partnering with Big Loud Mountain Music and Mitchell Tenpenny‘s High Dime to sign Nashville native Rafe Tenpenny.

“Ern and I met on TikTok,” Walters shares. “He hit me up asking where I lived and if I could join his band. Over the past year we’ve traveled all over the country together and I have gotten to know him as a brother. Ern picking me to be in Cadillac Music is super humbling. He is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Nashville and him seeing something in me means more than anything.”

Along with his new publishing venture, the new year looks to be Ernest’s biggest year yet with the release of Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses on Feb. 10–the deluxe edition of his 2022 album Flower Shops (The Album).

2023 AIMP Nashville Country Awards Set For March 21

The AIMP Nashville Chapter will hold its 2023 AIMP Nashville Country Awards on Tuesday, March 21 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

The annual awards salute the top independent publishers, songwriters and songs that gained prominence during the eligibility window of Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.

This event is exclusive to AIMP Nashville members only. To join AIMP Nashville and attend the awards, click here or email for additional information.

More details surrounding the 2023 AIMP Nashville Country Awards is expected in the coming weeks.

UMPG Nashville Signs Allison Veltz-Cruz

Pictured (L-R): Roxy King (UMPG Nashville), Allison Veltz-Cruz, Shannan Hatch (SESAC) and Troy Tomlinson (UMPG Nashville), Photo: Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Nashville

Universal Music Publishing Nashville has signed hit songwriter Allison Veltz-Cruz to an exclusive, global publishing agreement.

Veltz-Cruz, a talented writer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, co-wrote the No. 1 songs “Prayed For You” by Matt Stell and “Somebody Like That” by Tenille Arts. Other artists who have recorded her songs include Carly Pearce, Maddie & Tae, Michael Ray, High Valley, Drake White, Chris Bandi, The Reklaws, SACHA, and more.

“Allison brings a special energy into every room she enters. That energy, coupled with her songwriting ability and her undeniable work ethic, make her an unstoppable force. We are thrilled to welcome her to the UMPG family,” shares UMPG Nashville Director of A&R, Roxy King.

Veltz-Cruz adds, “UMPG is the dream team. I feel so blessed and beyond teed up. Let’s go!”

Top Songwriter Chart: MusicRow’s Top 100 Songwriters Of 2022

Ashley Gorley

Every week, MusicRow Magazine releases its Top Songwriter Chart. Using algorithms based on song activity according to airplay, digital download track sales and streams, the chart ranks the week’s top 60 songwriters.

Using proprietary software, the points earned by each song are evenly split among each song’s co-writers, echoing how the publishing business works in Nashville with respect to revenues and ownership, while reflecting the overall success of active songs for each songwriter.

With this format, at any moment in time, the current MusicRow Songwriter Chart lists the most active and successful songwriters in Music City.

As we settle into 2023 and look back at the past year, Ashley Gorley earned the most points on the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart throughout 2022 for a second consecutive year, putting him at the top of our year-end list.

Click here to see the list.

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