Country, Pop Songwriters Blend Talents During Nashville Retreat

Fontanel Winter RetreatTop song crafters from Nashville and Los Angeles melded their creative talents during a recent inaugural, three-day pop/country winter songwriters retreat. The event at Nashville’s Fontanel was created by BMI and Warner/Chappell, and presented by City National Bank.

Writers taking part included Danielle Bradbery, Ross Copperman, Dan+Shay, Michael Dulaney, Jesse Frasure, Nicolle Galyon, Haley Georgia, Marv Green, Ross Golan, Hunter Hayes, David Hodges, Breyan Isaac, Nolan Lambroza, Ammar Malik, Bonnie McKee, Wendell Mobley, Maren Morris, Cam Ochs, Eric Paslay, The Band Perry, Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Dave Thomson, Laura Veltz, Tony Martin, Maggie Chapman, and Jordan Reynolds.

“Last June I had breakfast with Ross Golan, who is a BMI writer,” says BMI’s Jody Williams. “He lives in L.A. but spends a lot of time in Nashville. It was his idea, so we all put together this writers retreat.” The initial idea was to pair six pop writers with six country writers on any given day, while also pairing artists in different creative combinations.

Marv Green at the BMI and Warner/Chappell Winter Songwriters Retreat

Marv Green at the BMI and Warner/Chappell Fontanel Winter Retreat

Los Angeles writers stayed at the Inn at Fontanel, and met with the Nashville writers at the Fontanel mansion to work. “We needed a place that would create a community for the writers,” said Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill. “It also had to be suitable to have five co-writing sessions going on at one time, without there being any interference.”

“I always love being introduced to new co-writers that I hadn’t had access to before, and I always learn something,” says BMI and Warner/Chappell writer Marv Green. “When it comes to the structure of a song, and composing, we think a little differently so I always learn a new little bag of tricks.”

Danielle Bradbery takes part in the BMI and Warner/Chappell Songwriters Retreat

Danielle Bradbery takes part in the BMI and Warner/Chappell Fontanel Winter Retreat

“Nashville and L.A. are two very different cultures and different communities, so I feel when you bring writers together with a different background, a different skill set, and a different approach to how they write music, it creates a whole new sound,” says Jessa Gelt, of BMI’s Los Angeles office.

Get an inside look at the retreat below.

Former BMLG Finance VP Opens 7th Wave Entertainment Group

Brad Kash

Brad Kash

Former VP of Finance for Big Machine Label Group, Brad Kash, has formed 7th Wave Entertainment Group, providing business management, royalty processing, audit support and consulting services for artists, producers, songwriters, publishers and independent record labels.

In his previous position, Kash lead a team that supported the company’s artist roster encompassing Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry to name a few. Through 7th Wave, Kash will continue to provide external consulting and support services for Big Machine.

“Serving as a member of the Big Machine executive team reporting to Scott Borchetta and COO, Andrew Kautz was an incredible education and experience and I look forward to delivering the same high level of passion, creativity and success to our clients,” said Kash.

Prior to his tenure with BMLG, Kash brings over 15 years of music industry experience including time as Director of Operations Finance & Administration at EMI CMG, CFO and Managing Partner of Big Fish Entertainment, and Senior Manager of Accounting & Finance for Hard Rock Café’s corporate operations where amongst other responsibilities he managed the finance-side acquisition and valuation process for Hard Rock’s extensive music memorabilia collection.

7th Wave Entertainment Group also offers independent record label consulting and support providing guidance and strategies in the areas of operations, accounting, finance and royalties.

Brad Kash and 7th Wave Entertainment Group can be reached at (615) 599-4154 or at [email protected].

Medical Aid Fund Set For Video Director Steven Goldmann

Steven Goldmann

Steven Goldmann

Canadian film and music video director Steven Goldmann, who has been battling cancer, is set to be moved from the hospital to his home, where he will be supported by a hospice team.

A fund has been set up to help Goldmann’s family with medical and other expenses. The fund aims to raise $50,000.

Goldmann has directed videos for numerous artists, including Faith Hill, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Mavericks, Pam Tillis, Clint Black, Shania Twain, Shawn Camp, Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan, Wade Hayes, and numerous others.

He also directed the films Trailer Park of Terror (2007/Summit Entertainment), Our Country (2003/Gaylord Entertainment), Broken Bridges (2006/CMT/Paramount).

Among the awards Goldmann has garnered are a 2007 Canadian Country Music Awards’ CMT Video of the Year for Emerson Drive‘s “Moments,” the 2003 Academy of Country Music Video of the Year award for Jackson’s “Drive,” 1996’s Canadian Country Music Awards’ CMT Video of the Year and the 1996 Silver Clio Award, both for Twain’s “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here.” He also directed Hill’s 1998 video “This Kiss,” which garnered him the TNN Music City News Best Video of the Year, Nashville Music Awards and CMT’s Video of the Year.

In 1996, he earned the ACM’s Video of the Year for Collin Raye‘s “I Think About You.”

To donate to the fund, visit

Spotify, CAA, Kalatech Reps Gather For ‘Who Knew’ Event in Nashville

Nashville music industry members gathered for an evening of education and networking as part of the second “Who Knew” event on Thursday, April 2. The sold-out event took place at Nashville’s The Listening Room Cafe.

Speakers included Steve Savoca (Spotify), Randy Wachtler (Warner Chappell Production Music), Hunter Williams (CAA), Charles Alexander (Outside The Box), Doyle Davis (Grimey’s), Brittany Wagusen (Kalatech), Notelle (EDM artist), and Project Music.

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Spotify’s Steve Savoca

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Attendees network prior to the second Who Knew event.

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The Listening Room Cafe welcomes a sold-out crowd.

‘Billboard’ Seeks To Fill Chart Manager Position

logoPrometheus Global Media, owner of Billboard Magazine, has posted a job wanted solicitation for a country, Christian and gospel chart manager. The full-time position will serve the needs of the chart community from its Nashville-base, while also responsible for providing print and online editorial to Billboard and Billboard Country Update, and on

Official listing below.

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The applicant would be responsible for maintaining the relevancy and accuracy of Billboard’s current chart menu, but also for seeking out new means of charting music consumption dictated by market shifts. This Chart Manager would be the Billboard representative to the music industry community for his or her specific genre charts and act as a liaison for those formats with our data providers, which include Nielsen Music and various social and streaming providers. The chart manager also contributes editorial content/chart analysis for print and online, and assists in daily/weekly chart maintenance functions.

• Decide on and maintain relevancy and accuracy of current chart menu while seeking out new means of charting music consumption.
• Oversee and update monitored radio panels for respective charts.
• Mark albums, digital tracks and streaming titles for placement on the proper genre charts.
• Proof pages and assure accuracy of respective charts and accompanying data in print and online
• Author daily and weekly chart-related editorial content for Billboard and in addition to trend/observation-based columns.
• Presents ideas for larger features covering country, Christian and gospel music with editorial staff.
• Act as the Billboard representative for country, Christian and gospel with record labels, retail outlets, radio stations, digital and social music sites, media and our readers. Initiate and accept all call/inquiries from these sectors as well as attend industry functions germane to those formats.
• Maintain open dialogue with data providers, including Nielsen Music and various social and streaming providers, alerting them of any potential chart issues. Respond to any inquiries/issues that our data providers may have.
• Assist chart department with daily and weekly maintenance of chart databases.

• Proficient in data analysis, with excellent writing and verbal skills and social-media savvy.
• Knowledge of country music, with a familiarity of Christian and gospel music preferable.
• An understanding of the machinations of the music industry with a contact base of influential people in various sectors of the industry.
• Proficient in industry databases, such as Nielsen Music, MediaBase, Next Big Sound, etc.

Candidate should have a minimum three years employment history in related music field (publishing, radio, retail, digital, social or record label). Prior published writing experience a plus.

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Midnite Jamboree Association Aims To Revive Radio Show

Midnite JamboreeErnest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree, which was established by the late Country Music Hall of Fame member in 1947 and is the second longest-running radio program, has been put on hiatus due to financial constraints.

The newly-formed Midnite Jamboree Association aims to help the Midnite Jamboree resume its shows by May 2015 and continue into the future, by raising funds to cover the show’s production costs.

The show, which is free to attendees, typically costs between $2,200 and $2,500 to produce each week, and has been supported financially by the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. However, the rising popularity of streaming services and digital downloads has resulted in dwindling profits for the store, resulting in the show going on hiatus.

The Jamboree has aired on 650 AM WSM since its inception, and broadcasts from the Texas Troubadour Theatre at Nashville’s Music Valley Drive.

The Midnite Jamboree stage was the proving grounds for many legendary artists, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Marty Stuart, Mel Tillis, Jim Ed Brown, Steve Wariner and Garth Brooks.

“The Midnite Jamboree is a piece of country music history and I believe it should be preserved, just like any other national treasure,” Ernest Tubb’s nephew and songwriter, Glenn Douglas Tubb, said. “Some friends and I have started a Midnite Jamboree Association which we hope will help pay the weekly costs for keeping this show on the air.”

The Midnite Jamboree Association is offering memberships for a donation of $75. The membership will include an official membership card, a personally signed welcome letter from Glenn Douglas Tubb, and a copy of the Glenn Tubb song “The Midnite Jamboree.” Members also will receive a copy of a Christmas CD recorded by Glenn and his wife, Dottie.

Affiliate memberships also are available for $10. Affiliates will receive a link to their website or social media site, or a banner ad with their name on it on the official website,

To become a member or an affiliate of the Midnite Jamboree Association, checks or money orders can be sent to The Midnite Jamboree Association, P.O. Box 159326, Nashville, TN 37215.

MusicRowPics: Artist-Producer David Fanning Previews Debut Red Bow Project

David Fanning performs for MusicRow staff.

David Fanning performs for MusicRow staff.

David Fanning‘s name and voice might be new to country radio listeners, but his musical work surely isn’t. Fanning has produced three No. 1 hits, including Parmalee‘s “Carolina” and the Thompson Square hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You.”

The Tennessee native taught himself to use ProTools at the age of 14. Eight years ago, he moved to Nashville, where he met members of Jason Aldean’s band, including Rich Redmond. “They started working on a project with me at that time, and realized we worked really well together, so we started New Voice Entertainment,” said Fanning. “The first act we signed was Thompson Square.” New Voice Entertainment’s team includes Fanning, Redmond, Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy.

Now, as one of the newest artists signed to Red Bow Records, Fanning is eager to bring his own musical style and voice to the masses. Red Bow Records is also recording home to Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant, and Craig Campbell.

Fanning stopped by the MusicRow office to preview tracks from his own upcoming solo project. The set included “Slow It On Down,” a pop/country confection peppered with spoken word verses, followed by “Crash,” which highlighted Fanning’s smooth vocals.

“Homegrown,” not to be confused with the Zac Brown Band song of the same title, was penned by Fanning four years ago. “It really celebrates being from a small town, small town girls, and the good things that come from living in a town like that,” he says.

He finished with his current single, “Doin’ Country Right,” penned by Jimmy Robbins, Josh Osborne, and Heather Morgan.

“Since we are a production team–four of us total–we filter ideas off each other. It’s not just me in the studio obsessing over the music–though I do,” Fanning says of the recording process with his New Voice Entertainment teammates thus far. “I’ve learned that great songs almost record themselves, you just have to give them a little more flair and it works itself out.”

Fanning already has approximately 15 songs cut, with plans to record four or five additional tracks before he and his team begin winnowing down songs to their final selections. He has managed to balance time in the recording studio and touring with production work on albums for Lindsay Ell and Parmalee’s upcoming album.

“It’s cool to go from doing production stuff to getting to do what I really have always dreamed about doing,” says Fanning. “Red Bow is awesome and it’s been an awesome journey. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m ready to keep playing and keep going.”

David Fanning with MusicRow staff.

David Fanning with MusicRow staff.

Sony Pictures Classics Gains Worldwide Rights To Hank Williams Biopic

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The biopic I Saw The Light is based on Escott’s ‘Hank Williams: The Biography.’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired global rights to the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light, according to Variety.

No release date has been slated for the project.

Tom Hiddleston stars as Williams in writer/director Marc Abraham‘s project, which began filming in Shreveport, La., in 2014. The biopic is based on Colin Escott‘s biography of the late singer-songwriter and country legend.

Also taking part in I Saw The Light are Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, and Cherry Jones.

Executive producers include RatPac’s James Packer and Creative Wealth Media Finance’s Jason Cloth. Producers include RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert, as well as G. Marq Roswell and Abraham.

“All of us at RatPac Entertainment are thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics is distributing I Saw the Light, as Michael and Tom are unparalleled in their marketing and distribution expertise,” Ratner said. “This film is a perfect fit, especially given their passion for country music, and we could not be in better hands.”

Track Listing and Cover Art Revealed for Kelsea Ballerini Debut

Kelsea-Ballerini-The-First-Time-Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini has unveiled the official album art and track listing for her 12-song debut album, The First Time. Set for a May 19 release, the lead single “Love Me Like You Mean It” lands at No. 10 on this week’s MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart.

Closing in on 150k sales, the single has seen 15k+ downloads this week. The official music video is currently out.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native co-wrote every track on the Forest Glen Whitehead– and Jason Massey-produced project. Ballerini’s currently released five-track digital EP contains five tracks that also appear on the forthcoming full-length project.

Ballerini, who was named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” late last year, moved to Nashville at 15. At age 19, she signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in 2013 and later that year signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment.

Tour schedule and track listing below.

Official Track Listing for The First Time
1. “XO” (Ballerini, Gravitt, O’Brien)
2. “Peter Pan” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Lee)
3. “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Kerr, Carpenter)
4. “Square Pegs” (Ballerini, Osborne, Stepakoff)
5. “The First Time” (Ballerini)
6. “Lookin’ At Stars” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Stepakoff)
7. “Sirens” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Denmark)
8. “Secondhand Smoke” (Ballerini, Kerr, Shellhart)
9. “Dibs” (Ballerini, Kerr, Griffin, Duke)
10. “Stilettos” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Savigar)
11. “Yeah Boy” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Timmer)
12. “Underage” (Ballerini, Kerr, Stepakoff)

Upcoming Tour Dates Include:
4/3 – Augusta, GA – The Country Club
4/10 – Norfolk, NE – w/ Scotty McCreery
4/12 – Green Bay, WI
4/17-19 – Dallas, TX – ACM Awards
4/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Radio Disney Music Awards
5/2 – Indianapolis, IN
6/6 – Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
6/17 – Wichita, KS
6/19 – Pueblo, CO – Bands in the Backyard w/ Toby Keith; Eli Young Band
6/26 – Cadott, WI – Chippewa Valley Music Fest w/ Tim McGraw

Ray Scott Unleashes Adult Beverage Apparel and Accessories Line

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Ray Scott at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show.

Ray Scott has partnered with Team Cocktail to launch a line of adult beverage apparel and accessories, dubbed The Ray Scott Collection.

The line includes t-shirts, glassware, and koozies featuring Scott’s one-liners. Scott and Team Cocktail introduced the collection at the 30th annual Nightclub and Bar Convention and Trade Show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Merchandise will be available at retail locations, online, and at Scott’s concerts, beginning in May.

Scott recently augmented his professional team, adding Brian Crews of Crewser Entertainment to oversee day-to-day management and booking, and producer Dave Brainard to lead creative, music supervision and production.