Abe Stoklasa Accepts MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coin For “Fix”

Pictured (L-R): Carla Wallace, Abe Stoklasa and MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson. Photo: Molly Hannula

Pictured (L-R): Big Yellow Dog CEO/Partner Carla Wallace, Abe Stoklasa and MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson. Photo: Molly Hannula

Big Yellow Dog songwriter Abe Stoklasa earned his first MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coin for “Fix,” a chart-topping single for Big Loud Records recording artist Chris Lane. The title reached the top of the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart on July 21, 2016 after a 30-week climb.

“Fix” was written with Sarah Buxton and Jesse Frasure, who each earned a coin as a writer on the song. Publishers include Round Hill Works, Big Loud Proud Crowd, Bux Tone Music, Rio Bravo Music, Telemitry Productions, and Year Of The Dog Music. As the performer, Lane accepted his coin in July, just days after the song topped the chart.

“If it wasn’t for Carla, I don’t know where I’d be,” Stoklasa told MusicRow of his Big Yellow Dog publisher Carla Wallace. “Any opportunity she got, she would introduce me. She had faith early on and was unabashed about it.”

Referencing his “Fix” co-writers, he added, “Sarah and I have had a lot of success together and it’s hard to get in Jesse’s room lately because he’s been so in-demand.”

He continued, “I definitely spent a lot of time trying to write Dallas Davidson songs or Craig Wiseman songs and there’s a reason I failed at that—I’m not them. I needed to find what I’m good at and more importantly what nobody else was doing. I’ve found my skill-set and how it can be new to the marketplace.”

Big Yellow Dog CEO/Partner Carla Wallace (L) with "Fix" songwriter Abe Stoklasa (R). Photo: Molly Hannula

Carla Wallace (L) with “Fix” songwriter Abe Stoklasa (R). Photo: Molly Hannula

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