Industry Ink: ShopKeeper Management, Columbia Nashville, Kobalt Music, Collin Raye, Rachel Holder, Disney Music Group

Ashley Monroe Joins ShopKeeper Management

Warner Music Nashville artist Ashley Monroe has signed with ShopKeeper Management, MusicRow has confirmed. Spearheaded by Marion Kraft, ShopKeeper Management counts Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies as clients. Crystal Dishmon also manages Courtney Cole under the ShopKeeper management umbrella.

Monroe was previously with Crush Management.

Monroe is nominated for two Grammy awards at the upcoming 58th annual Grammy Awards, including a nod for Best Country Album (The Blade, produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank), and a nod for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her chart-topping duet with Blake Shelton, “Lonely Tonight.”

Ashley Monroe Blade


Columbia Nashville Appoints Janese To Manager, Regional Promotion

Mark Janese

Mark Janese

Mark Janese has been appointed as Manager, Regional Promotion for Columbia Nashville. Based in Dallas, Texas, Janese is now responsible for Southwest regional radio promotion for the record label home of Kenny Chesney, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, and newcomer Maren Morris.

Most recently Manager, Southwest Promotion, for Curb Records, Janese celebrates a homecoming into the Sony Music Nashville family of labels, where his career has spanned prior tenures of 20 years across multiple imprints, including Columbia.

In making the announcement, Vice President, Promotion Norbert Nix remarked, “The work we do is as competitive as it has ever been, so we have to entrust every role to the very best – which is why I am beyond thrilled to welcome Mark Janese back home to Columbia.”

He can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (214) 763-7816.


Cyndi Lauper Plans Album, Sings At Skyville Live Performance

Kobalt Music Publishing songwriter Cyndi Lauper will release her first country album, Detour, on May 6. The project was executive produced by Seymour Stein and produced by Tony Brown. Lauper performed on Skyville Live in Nashville last week. She joined newcomer Kelsea Ballerini and indie artist Ingrid Michaelson for the performance.

(L-R): Whitney Daane, SVP of Creative, Kobalt Music Publishing Nashville; Cyndi Lauper, singer-songwriter, member of Kobalt Music Publishing; Al "Butter" McLean, SVP of Creative at Kobalt Music Publishing (Atlanta).

(L-R): Whitney Daane, SVP of Creative, Kobalt Music Publishing Nashville; Cyndi Lauper, singer-songwriter, member of Kobalt Music Publishing; Al “Butter” McLean, SVP of Creative at Kobalt Music Publishing (Atlanta).


Collin Raye Returns To Webster PR

Collin Raye has returned to Webster PR after a previous partnership for PR representation. The Arkansas native has had 21 Top 10 hits, including “Love, Me,” ‘In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl,” and more. “It’s an amazing blessing to be celebrating 25 years in country music,” said Raye. “Kirt Webster is a dear friend, and with a number of exciting projects ahead in 2016, we’re honored to have his talented team on board for this special year.”

Collin Raye

Collin Raye


Curb Records’ Rachel Holder Signs New Management

Curb Records Recording Artist Rachel Holder has signed with Monte Willis and Barry Williams for exclusive management.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Rachel Holder and the Curb Group, she is an amazing person and artist,” said Williams, who also co-manages Broken Bow recording artist Jordan Rager.

Rachel Holder

Rachel Holder



Disney Music Group Promotes Shortridge To A&R Representative

The Disney Music Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Ciara Shortridge to the new position of A&R Representative. Ciara began her career with Disney in September 2009 and is a graduate of Belmont University.

In her new role, Shortridge will be responsible for creative affairs for the writer’s roster as well as new acquisitions in the recording and publishing endeavors of the company.

Ciara Shortridge

Ciara Shortridge


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