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Music News (4/26/23)

[ 0 ] April 26, 2023 | |

Bobby Karl Works The Room: ‘World’s Largest No. 1 Party’ Also Honors Political Allies

Pictured (L-R): Bart Herbison (NSAI Executive Director), Butch Spyridon (CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC)), Erika Wollam Nichols (Bluebird Cafe COO and GM)

Each year, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) tosses a bash to honor all of the tunesmiths who enjoyed a No. 1 success during the previous year.

The event saluting the 2022 chart-topping songwriters took place Tuesday (April 25) at Fat Bottom Brewery. It was a gorgeous spring day, so the venue fully opened its garage doors onto its spacious deck, which came equipped with picnic tables and umbrellas.

The NSAI’s Bart Herbison welcomed us. “Thanks, everybody, for being with us today,” he said. “We’re here to honor songwriters…all the songwriters who had No. 1 songs in 2022,” regardless of genre.

To kick things off, Bart introduced a new honor, the NSAI Advocacy Award. He presented it to former Tennessee congressman Jim Cooper. He reminded the attendees that Cooper has always been supportive of legislation that aided songwriters financially. “I just don’t know of a better individual,” Bart said. “He also plays the banjo.”

Click here to read MusicRow‘s full recap of the event.


Ben Simonetti Signs With 50 Egg Music

Pictured (L-R): Jonathan Singleton (50 Egg Music), Tali Canterbury (50 Egg Music), Joey Harris (50 Egg Music), Luke Combs (50 Egg Music), Ben Simonetti

Ben Simonetti has signed a worldwide publishing deal with 50 Egg Music.

A California native, Simonetti began his career working in both pop and country music. As producer and frequent collaborator of the Zac Brown Band, Simonetti has been a part of multiple No. 1 hits, amassed millions of streams worldwide, and garnered a Grammy nomination for “My Old Man.” Outside of his work with ZBB, Simonetti’s songwriting credits include Luke CombsPitbullFlorida Georgia LineIngrid AndressKing CalawayGriffen PalmerIan Munsick and more.

“From one of the first times we had the opportunity to work with Ben we knew there was an undeniable connection. Ben’s superior production and songwriting ability, coupled with being incredibly good looking with an award-winning mullet sealed the deal “ says 50 Egg’s Joey Harris.

“I’m super excited to begin this new creative adventure with my 50 Egg Family. I’d been searching for a place to land and I knew this was the place for me right away,” shares Simonetti. “Grateful to be surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people!”


Country Trio Voth Signs With Warner Chappell Music

Pictured (L-R): Cody Voth, Hannah Voth, Caleb Voth

Nashville-based country trio Voth has signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.

Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, siblings Caleb, Hannah and Cody, released their first wave of singles in 2018 including the track, “I Choose Us,” which captured the attention of country fans nationwide. Voth released their self-titled EP in 2020 and have opened for artists Walker Hayes, Priscilla Block and Tenille Townes.

“Caleb, Hannah, and Cody, are an undeniably unique group with a distinct style that sets them apart,” says WCM Sr. Director, A&R/Digital, Jessi Stevenson. “We’re excited to welcome them to the Warner Chappell family and help them blaze new paths in their career.”

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