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Music News (11/08/23)

[ 0 ] November 8, 2023 | |

HarbourView Acquires Select Publishing Assets From Kane Brown

Kane Brown. Photo: Diwang Valdez

HarbourView Equity Partners (HarbourView) has purchased certain publishing assets from multi-Platinum and award-winning country star Kane Brown.

Some of Brown’s country chart-topping hits include “What Ifs,” which received eight-time Platinum RIAA certification, “Homesick,” “Used to Love You Sober,” “Like I Love Country Music” and “Lose It.” Additionally, Brown has had top 40 hits including “One Thing Right” and “Be Like That,” which both remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 23 and 22 weeks respectively. Brown has also collaborated with noteworthy artists such as Khalid, H.E.R., Marshmello, Becky G, John Legend and Nelly.

“Partnering with someone like Kane who adds such a beautiful texture to the country genre is consistent with who we are as a firm. Kane is a special talent, and we are excited to be on the journey,” says Sherrese Clarke Soares, HarbourView Equity Partners CEO & Founder

“I’m grateful to Sherrese and HarbourView for their belief in my songwriting catalog. These songs that I’ve written are very meaningful to my fans and my career,” shares Brown.

With the acquisition of some of Brown’s publishing assets, HarbourView adds to a diversified catalog of more than 24,000 songs across both master recordings and publishing income streams.

Fox Rothschild LLP served as legal counsel to HarbourView in this transaction. Brown was represented by Jess L. Rosen at Greenberg Traurig LLP. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Aaron Eshuis Signs With Concord Music Publishing

Pictured (L-R, back row): Concord’s Shawn Thompson, Melissa Spillman, Matt Turner, Brad Kennard and Ritholz, Levy, Fields LLP ‘s Chip Petree; (L-R, front row): Aaron Eshuis and Jessica Turri Eshuis. Photo: Audrey Spillman

Songwriter and producer Aaron Eshuis has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing. The deal, effective immediately, includes a selection of his existing catalog and all future works.

The Kalamazoo, Michigan native has had cuts by Rascal Flatts, A Thousand Horses, Kameron Marlowe, Corey Kent, Cole Swindell, Kylie Morgan, Meghan PatrickMason Ramsey and more. He scored his first No.1 in late 2018 with Scotty McCreery’s “This Is It.”

In addition to songwriting, Eshuis produced Ryan Hurd’s debut album Pelago, which included No. 1 song “Chasing After You,” as well as McCreery’s Seasons Change, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and his “Damn Strait,” “You Time” and “It Matters To Her.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the Concord roster,” says Melissa Spillman, VP of A&R at Concord Music Publishing Nashville. “He has already proven himself a multi-faceted songwriter, and Aaron’s success as a producer in Nashville only adds to the excitement. We look forward to the future!”

“I’m thrilled to be joining up with the team at Concord,” says Eshuis. “These are some of the best people I’ve met in Nashville, and I knew from our first meeting that we could do some great work together.”


The Neal Agency Expands Into Publishing With First Signing Palmer Anthony

Pictured (L-R, top row): Lewis Brisbois’ Austin Wells, Lewis Brisbois’ Matt Cottingham, TNA’s Haley Teske; What’s Good Projects’ Ryan Kroon; (L-R, bottom row): Warner Chappell’s Bethany Mako; Warner Chappell’s Ben Vaughn; Palmer Anthony; TNA’s Ryan Beuschel; TNA’s Austin Neal. Photo: Kelly Littlefield

The Neal Agency has expanded into publishing, signing Palmer Anthony to a co-publishing venture with Warner Chappell Music.

Austin Neal launched the agency nearly two years ago and has developed the company into one of Nashville’s leading boutique talent agencies, with a rapidly growing team of 17 employees and 21 clients.

“I view the ultimate goal for the company truly as a place to develop artists. If we really believe in somebody from the beginning, being able to help them grow in-house, and having every opportunity to help create and build their careers from the ground up is an important aspect of that,” shares Neal.

Spearheaded by TNA’s Head of Business Development, Ryan Beuschel, the idea to expand the company into publishing was spurred by Anthony himself, after signing with TNA for booking. “Palmer was a great example of being the first person that we did this with because he was signing to the agency, shopping around, and looking into publishing deals, and he was the one that mentioned it’d be really amazing if we could have worked together,” reflects Beuschel.

With a background in publishing spanning 20 years, Beuschel’s prior experience at Warner Chappell Music as Vice President of A&R / Strategy made the co-publishing venture a natural fit after introducing Anthony to Warner Chappell Music Nashville President & CEO, Ben Vaughn.

“I met Palmer because of Austin and Ryan, so it’s been really cool to watch this partnership come together and to see Palmer build his network throughout town,” shares Vaughn. “Palmer writes some really great songs by himself, but he also was very interested in what he could learn from those that are ahead of him, and we’re excited to open the door for new opportunities to get him in front of experienced writers and watch his career grow.”

Anthony shares in that excitement, stating, “I started in music about five or six years ago, and I was playing shows and was writing stuff just by myself. And I kind of hit a point where I really wanted to grow and learn and I’ve always entered this country music scene as a fan first. I’m a fan of the writers, a fan of these organizations, and so it’s really easy to transition for me to want to co-write more and want to be a part of the scene. I’m still a student, and I’ll probably always be a student. But for me it’s just fun to learn.”

A Texas native, Anthony grew up in the small Northern California town of Willits and played baseball at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before realizing his passion for songwriting surpassed even his love of the game. After graduation, he moved back to Fort Worth where he became immersed in the Texas music scene. While honing his entertainment skills, Anthony opened for Riley Green, Randall King, Chase Rice and more.

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