Watsky Music Signs Hardy

Pictured (L-R): Dennis Matkosky, Michael Hardy

Pictured (L-R): Dennis Matkosky, Michael Hardy

Watsky Music, LLC has signed singer/songwriter Michael Hardy to his first worldwide publishing agreement.

Hardy, a Mississippi native, released his first EP, Redneck Recipe, independently in 2013. As an artist, he’s opened for acts such as Rodney Atkins, Colt Ford and Matt Stillwell. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Hardy has also had multiple song placements on CMT, CBS, and A&E.

“Michael is a young gifted writer. His poetic, yet honest style will serve him well as a writer and as a recording artist. We’re very excited to be working with him,” said Watsky Music co-owner and Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Dennis Matkosky.

“I’m excited about working with Watsky and Kobalt. I feel right at home with these guys and can’t wait to see what the next few years will have in store,” said Hardy. “It’s been a long, sought after dream to sign a publishing deal and I’m looking forward to making my own mark in the industry.”

Watsky Music, LLC was created in 2005 by hit songwriter Matkosky and Jonathan Watkins, with administrative services provided by Kobalt Music Publishing. Other songwriters on the roster include Chris Nathan, Ty Lacy, and Becki DeVries.


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