Marvell Re-ups With Bug; Songwriters In Chicago; BMI Buzz

Hit songwriter Kendall Marvel renewed his publishing deal with Bug Music recently. He is the writer behind hits including “Right Where I Need to Be” (Gary Allan), “Tougher Than Nails” (Joe Diffie), and “Yee Haw,” “Startin With Me,” and “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” (Jake Owen). His songs have been recorded by Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Travis Tritt, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, and more.

(L-R) front row: BMI’s Jody Williams; Marvel; Bug Music’s John Allen. Back row: Bug Music’s Ed Williams, Roger Murrah and Sara Johnson; and BMI’s Perry Howard

CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominee The Band Perry, singer/songwriter/radio personality Kix Brooks, respected songwriter Bob DiPiero, and singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy brought the CMA Songwriters Series to Chicago's Joe's Bar on Oct. 8. (l-r) Reid Perry, DiPiero, Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry, Murphy, and Brooks.

The October installment of BMI Buzz at the Basement featured another round of hand-picked up-and-comers: Neal Carpenter, Shannon LaBrie and Adam James. Staged quarterly at the Basement, BMI Buzz offers three-song sets from young new voices ready for the mainstream. Pictured are (l-r): BMI’s Beth Mason, Neal Carpenter, Shannon LaBrie, Adam James, and BMI’s Bradley Collins.


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