Peermusic Adds Hit Songwriter To Roster

(L-R): Kevin Lamb (VP, Nashville), Kathy Spanberger (President and COO), Michael Knox (Sr. Creative Director), Neil Thrasher, Kim Wiggins (Creative Manager) and Chip Petree (Copyright Exchange / Petree Law)

peermusic is beefing up its roster with the signing of award-winning songwriter Neil Thrasher as a staff writer. With numerous hits to his credit, Thrasher’s latest success is Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos On This Town,” and the upcoming Rascal Flatts single, “Banjo.”

Thrasher’s 20-year career includes writing or co-writing hits including “There Goes My Life” and “I Lost It” for Kenny Chesney, “Fast Cars and Freedom” and “Take Me There” for Rascal Flatts, and “What Do You Say” for Reba McEntire. He was honored as the 2004 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and as writer of the 2010 Gospel Music Association Country Song of the Year “Somebody Like Me” (Jason Crabb). “I am very excited about my new partnership with peermusic,” explains Thraher. “Everyone has made me feel at home and I’m looking forward to our future together.”

“When Michael Knox joined the company he and I developed a game plan as to how we would move forward,” says Kevin Lamb, Vice President, peermusic Nashville. As was the case with Vicky McGehee, Neil was at the top of our list of writers we wanted to work with. Neil rounds out that core, and comes to us with not only talent and respect, but a lot of energy. It’s a great way to start the year.”

“I am very excited to finally be working with Neil,” adds Knox, Producer/Creative Dir. “We’ve known each other for over 10 years and I’ve always been a huge fan. There’s nothing better than working with someone you respect so much and on top of that, be able to call them a friend.”

A Birmingham native, Thrasher grew up surrounded by music. His father was a member of the gospel group the Thrasher Brothers, who were later inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He soon followed in his father’s footsteps, moving to Nashville and pursuing his own music career. In 1996 he signed to Atlantic Records as part of the duo Thrasher Shiver and began landing cuts for other artists like Diamond Rio and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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