Industry Ink: Green Hills Music Group Signing

(L-R): Grin Like A Dog Songs’ Leslie Mitchell, Steve Mitchell and Green Hills Music Group’s Woody Bomar

Green Hills Music Welcomes Steve Mitchell
Green Hills Music Group is partnering with Grin Like A Dog Songs to promote the catalog of songwriter Steve Mitchell. The Canadian hitmaker recently relocated to Nashville from Vancouver, BC where he was a member of the Juno Award winning band The Paperboys. He is an international touring act whose music has been included in documentaries, film and TV.

Green Hills president Woody Bomar shares, “I am so impressed with Steve’s unique writing as well as his musicianship and his passion for developing new artist talent. He is a joy to work with.”

Green Hills Music Group started in 2007 and markets the music of Bob Regan, Bonnie Baker, Rick Giles, Georgia Middleman, Steve Williams, Paul Duncan, Patricia Summers and Dave Rivers. The company’s current releases include cuts by Hunter Hayes, The Dirt Drifters, Jaclyn North, Matt Stillwell and Six West.

Publisher Mickey Goldsen Passes
Publisher Mickey Goldsen died Oct. 19 at home in Encino, Calif. He was 99. His career included heading Capitol Records’ publishing division in the 1940s, where he worked alongside such legends as Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. In 1950 Goldsen founded Criterion Music Corp., where he served as CEO until his death. The publisher is home to classics including “These Boots are Made for Walkin’,” “Tiny Bubbles,” “Doctor My Eyes,” “Dream,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” “Papa Oom Mow Mow,” “Seven Year Ache,” and dozens of Charlie Parker compositions. Services were held Mon., Oct. 24 in Mission Hills, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to MusiCares, The Child and Family Guidance Center of Northidge, or the Society of Singers. More here.

Avery Earls Arrives
Sr. VP of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville, Kent Earls, and Martha Earls, Partner and co-GM of Effusion Entertainment are happy to announce the birth of their baby girl. Avery Caroline Earls was born Oct. 19, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 15 1/2 inches long.

Strong Ratings For Canadian Country Awards
Last month’s broadcast of The Canadian Country Music Awards was another smash-hit for the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, with the show attracting an average audience of nearly 750,000 viewers. At its peak, the two-hour broadcast pulled in almost one million viewers and more than 3.1 million Canadians watched some part of the show. Among the performers at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario were Johnny Reid, Ronnie Dunn, Luke Bryan, and Dean Brody. Country Music Week 2012 is happening in Saskatoon, SK from Sept. 6-9.

UMPG Promotes Brian Lambert
Universal Music Publishing Group, North America has promoted Brian Lambert to Executive Vice President/Head of Film & Television Music. From the company’s Santa Monica, Calif. headquarters, Lambert will report directly to President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America Evan Lamberg.

Matt Mahaffey Moves To Nashville
Pop/rock artist/writer/producer Matt Mahaffey has relocated to Franklin, Tenn. following a decade in Los Angeles working on projects including DreamWorks’ Shrek, and his own releases under the Self moniker. The Murfreesboro native has built a new studio and recently finished work on an album by Atlantic Records artists I Fight Dragons. He is also working on a new Self project. Reach Mahaffey via David Surnow at Solid Music Company, [email protected] or (213) 610-1065.

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