>• Magic Mustang (part of BBR Music Group) and Warner/Chappell Music have co-ventured a signing deal with singer-songwriter, Florida native, Brooke Eden. Eden’s current single “American Dreamin” which she co-penned with Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeaux is currently in rotation on SiriusXM’s The Highway. “Eden’s writing is topical, fresh and speaks to her generation in a very unique way,” says Warner/Chappell EVP Ben Vaughn.
>• BMG Chrysalis Nashville singer songwriter Hannah Dasher has been awarded the ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award. Dasher is currently being produced by Jeff Stevens and garnering interest from several labels…
>• Warner/Chappell Music has extended its publishing agreement with two-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Brett James and his publishing company Cornman Music. Ben Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Warner/Chappell Music Nashville, said, “Whether it’s the writing room, the office, the studio, or the board room, James operates at the highest level as a songwriter, producer, talent developer, & publisher. It’s a real pleasure to represent Brett and work with his team of Nate Lowery & Shea Fowler at Cornman Music. ” Earlier this year James spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the NEKST Country Songwriter Chart.
>• Jeffrey Steele’s 3 Ring Circus Music has signed Singer/Songwriter Alyssa Bonagura to a publishing deal. Daughter of RCA country music stars Michael Bonagura and Kathie Baillie of “Baillie And The Boys.”
>• The recent three-day ASCAP Music City Retreat was held at Blackbird Studios and combined some of the hottest writers from Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. It was a focused event design to provide a setting for the creation of hit songs, new relationships and future collaborations. Participants included Dan+Shay, Tom and Mike Gossin of Gloriana, Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three, Love and Theft, Mickey G, Priscilla, David Nail, Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brett James, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins, plus songwriter-producers Chris DeStefano and Jimmy Robbins. Pop songwriters and producers who participated in the retreat included AC, DJ Whiteshadow, Robopop and Kyle Shearer.
>• Zavitson Music Group recently purchased the historic Jack Clement Recording Studio in Nashville. President/CEO Russ Zavitson is currently in the process of having the building designated as a Neighborhood Landmark, which will preserve its status as a music business and recording studio.
>• David Epstein has been named Director of Licensing for Warner/Chappell Production Music’s premier trailer music division, Non-Stop Trailers. David will be responsible for developing Non-Stop Trailers’ Film Trailer business in North America. Most recently, David was a Sales & Marketing Executive for Sony/ATV’s production music arm Extreme Music, focusing on the Trailers & Film/TV departments. Randy Wachtler, CEO, said, “We are very excited to have David on board in our prestigious Non-Stop Trailers division. He brings with him a wealth of experience and an invaluable understanding of the business of film trailer music.”
>• CTM Writers Ink, the publishing division of Catch This music has signed Grammy Awarded Marcus Hummons and Autumn McEntire Sizemore to its writer roster. Hummons is best known for writing the hit songs, “Bless The Broken Road,” (Rascal Flatts) “Ready To Run” (Dixie chicks) and “Born To Fly” (Sara Evans).
>• Jordan Brooker, produced by Luke Wooten, has been signed to a co-venture with Sea Gayle Music and Station West…Nettwerk One Music has inked a publishing agreement with Tammi Kidd Hutton…LA-based Pulse and Nashville-based Creative Nation have inked a worldwide publishing co-venture with Natalie Hemby…Matt Lindsey and Scott Paschall have signed an agreement to represent songs from the catalog of epic songwriter Eric Kaz.
>• Razor & Tie Music and Little Extra Music have signed Australian Kylie Sackley to a publishing co-venture. “When two of Nashville’s strongest, smartest, most fabulous firecrackers ask you to sign a publishing deal, you say —hell yes!!” said Sackley of Lisa Ramsey-Perkins (Little Extra) and Lisa Johnson (RTMP).