Mandisa Celebrates First No. 1
On Monday (8/1) ASCAP celebrated the writers and publishers of “Stronger,” Mandisa’s No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, with a reception in Franklin, Tenn. Written by Ben Glover, David Garcia and Chris Stevens, the song marks Glover’s eleventh trip to the top of the charts and Garcia’s first. Publishers Brentwood-Benson Publishing and EMI CMG Publishing were also honored. “Stronger” is Mandisa’s first trip to No. 1 and is the lead single from her third studio album on Sparrow/EMI CMG, What If We Were Real.
UMPG Inks Striking Matches
Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville recently signed Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis of Striking Matches (formerly Common Thread) to an Exclusive Songwriter & Publishing Agreement. The duo is managed by John Grady of Crush Management. Philadelphia native Zimmerman met Atlanta native Davis when a professor at Belmont University paired them to perform for a classroom full of guitar majors. Their wide-ranging influences include Jerry Reed, The Beatles, John Mayer and Patsy Cline.
Brett Eldredge Visits CMA
Atlantic Records’ Brett Eldredge stopped by the CMA offices this week to perform several songs from his upcoming debut album including the Top 25 single “Raymond” as well as his recently released “It Aint’ Gotta Be Love.”
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