Republic Nashville Signing

(L-R) Front Row: BMLG Vice President, A&R Allison Jones; Greg Bates; BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta; Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen and BMLG General Manger Andrew Kautz; Back Row: BMLG A&R Coordinator Shea Fowler; Effusion Entertainment’s Martha Earls and Mike Molinar. Photo: Mike Moore

Republic Nashville has signed singer-songwriter Greg Bates. The Nashville native developed his musical talent at Belmont University and after graduation inked a co-publishing/artist development deal with Effusion Entertainment and Super 98 Music, the publishing arm of the Big Machine Label Group.

Bates, 24, is in the studio with producer Jimmy Ritchey. He is also busy co-writing and has opened for Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Willie Nelson, Kellie Pickler and Randy Travis.

“We could not be more proud to add Greg Bates to our roster of top country acts. The music Greg has been creating in the studio is spectacular and everyone at Republic Nashville is excited to share it with the industry next spring,” said Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen. The label is also home to Martina McBride, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.

“I am so excited to now be a part of the Republic Nashville family and thankful for Scott, Jimmy, Allison and everybody at the Big Machine Label Group. I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on!” said Bates.


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