Industry Ink (12/4/13)

 

Pictured-Top Row (L-R): Trevor Rosen, Laura Veltz, Matt Ramsey, Jonathan Singleton, and ASCAP's Alison Toczylowski.Bottom Row (L-R): WMBA's Chelsea Kempchinsky, Becky McIntosh, Trina Lloyd-Weidner, U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnson, and WMBA's Raeanna Mowl and Becky Lynn Street

Pictured-Top Row (L-R): Trevor Rosen, Laura Veltz, Matt Ramsey, Jonathan Singleton, and ASCAP’s Alison Toczylowski. Bottom Row (L-R): WMBA’s Chelsea Kempchinsky, Becky McIntosh, Trina Lloyd-Weidner, U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnson, and WMBA’s Raeanna Mowl and Becky Lynn Street

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA), in conjunction with ASCAP, hosted its annual Tunes for Tots toy drive and benefit show on Monday, Dec. 2 at Dan McGuinness in Nashville with hit songwriters Jonathan Singleton, Trevor Rosen, Matt Ramsey, and Laura Veltz. More than 50 toys and over $500 in donations were collected for the Toys for Tots Foundation.

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ejgaines1Franklin, Tenn. law firm Waterford Law Group has added EJ Gaines as a transactional attorney, with a specialization in entertainment law. Gaines began his legal career on Wall Street as a corporate and intellectual property attorney at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, LLP. He has also worked in artist management with several artists, including duo Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Isaac Carree, and a cappella group Committed.

Gaines holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from New York University and a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York. He is admitted to practice law in both New York and Tennessee.

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brad paisleyOn Tuesday (Dec. 3), a Nashville judge chose not to dismiss a songwriter’s claim in federal court that her song was stolen to create Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood‘s chart-topping ballad, “Remind Me,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Amy Bowen (known professionally as Lizza Connor) claims she composed a tune titled “Remind Me” in 2008, and then took part in a 14-week “Country Music Songwriting Workshop,” which included advisors John Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois. The suit claims that her song was critiqued and she was told the song would be suitable as a duet. Approximately three years ago, Paisley, Lovelace and DuBois wrote another song, also titled “Remind Me,” which was ultimately recorded by Paisley and Underwood.

According to Judge Aleta Trauger, “Bowen has plausibly shown that, taken in combination, the lyrics and associated melodies, intonations, and usage could be sufficiently original to constitute protectable material.”

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