Industry Ink: King Pen Music, ACM, Sun Diner, Big Tent Nashville

ASCAP Songwriter Signs With King Pen Music

Pictured (L-R): (Front row) King Pen Music's Kelly King, Brandon Ratcliff, Mark Music & Media Law's Elizabeth Gregory. (Back row): ASCAP's Robert Filhart and Dickinson Wright's Derek Crownover.

Pictured (L-R): (Front row) King Pen Music’s Kelly King, Brandon Ratcliff, Mark Music & Media Law’s Elizabeth Gregory. (Back row): ASCAP’s Robert Filhart and Dickinson Wright’s Derek Crownover.

King Pen Music’s Kelly King has announced the addition of ASCAP member and songwriter-artist Brandon Ratcliff to the King Pen Music roster.

Ratcliff, a native of Cotton Valley, Louisiana, moved to Nashville in 2014. He attended the ASCAP Foundation Country Songwriters Workshop in 2014. He met King in the the ASCAP Guidance From Publishers from Songwriters (GPS) class of 2016.

“When I met with Brandon, it was love at first listen. His voice is so captivating and his music is so honest and unique, I couldn’t let him get away. Since then, he has already grown so much as an artist and a writer. I feel so proud to be a part of his journey and his team, and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.”

King Pen Music also represents Brothers Osborne (with Warner/Chappell).


ACM Reveals Ballot Timeline For 52nd ACM Awards

acm-awards-logo111featuredThe Academy of Country Music has revealed the ballot timeline for professional membership voting for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas, set for April 2017. New membership applications and existing membership renewals must be completed by 3 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 28 for members to be eligible to vote during the 2017 Awards cycle.

The ballot timeline for professional members is as follows:

  • Nomination Round Ballot Opens – Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
  • Nomination Round Ballot Closes – Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
  • Second Round Ballot Opens –Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
  • Second Round Ballot Closes – Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
  • Final Round Ballot Opens – Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
  • Final Round Ballot Closes – Monday, March 6, 2017


24-Hour Sun Diner To Open In Nashville Oct. 20

TCRG_SRD_2016_PrimaryLogo2The legacy of Sun Records will be celebrated in Nashville at Sun Diner, which will open Oct. 20. Located downtown at 105 Third Ave. S., the eatery will serve a tribute to the music that came from Sun Records label owner Sam Phillips’ studio. The diner will be open 24 hours a day.

“The musical histories of Nashville and Memphis are forever intertwined with each other, with so many artists beginning their career at Sun before taking their music to Nashville – and all over the world,” said Kevin Keller, Director of Operations for TC Restaurant Group, the company that owns the establishment. The restaurant group hopes to continue the concept of Sun Diner in cities across the country.


Big Tent Nashville Signs Kristen Parisi

Pictured (L-R): Big Tent President Cody Walden, Kristen Parisi, Big Tent Creative Director David Reuter

Pictured (L-R): Big Tent President Cody Walden, Kristen Parisi, Big Tent Creative Director David Reuter

Big Tent Nashville has signed artist/writer/producer Kristen Parisi as an exclusive staff writer.

After graduating from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Parisi moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. Her business skills combined with her unique songwriting caught the attention of Big Tent Creative Director David Reuter. Shortly after, she began writing at Big Tent and started producing independent artists at her production company, The Dark Matter Laboratory.

Big Tent President Cody Walden said, “We work with many great songwriters and artists here in Nashville and making the decision of who to sign as a staff writer is an extremely difficult one but Miss Parisi has several exceptional skills that made this decision an easy one. Big Tent feels that her ability to co-write with a diverse group of artists and her ability to record finished songs will be key to our success moving forward. We also feel that her modern production skills gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Miss Parisi is an active member of the Steinberg Cubase production community and works on genres ranging from traditional country to modern electronic music.”


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