Rosanne Cash Signs With SESAC

Rosanne Cash. Photo: Clay Patrick McBride

Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame member Rosanne Cash, known for hits including “Seven Year Ache,” “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” and “Blue Moon With Heartache,” has signed with SESAC for representation.

“Rosanne Cash is in a category of her own,” said John Josephson, Chairman and CEO, SESAC. “As a songwriter, her songs resonate with our souls. As a recording artist, she creates timeless music. Her creativity spans across not only musical genres, but also mediums, garnering accolades as both a musician and an author. She has built a career and a legacy that makes her an American treasure. We could not be more proud that Rosanne is now a part of the SESAC family.”

“I am thrilled to join SESAC,” Cash said. “I have long respected SESAC’s advocacy for the creative community, on Capitol Hill and in every realm in which songwriters work, and I value SESAC’s role as an innovator in music rights. This is an exciting time for SESAC, and I’m delighted to join the family.”

Cash’s recording career began in 1978, with an album released by the German label Ariola. One year later, Columbia Records signed Cash and released Right or Wrong, an album that produced the Top 20 single, “No Memories Hangin’ Around,” a duet with country music legend Bobby Bare. Two years later, Cash released Seven Year Ache, with the title track going to No. 1. From there, Cash has released 15 albums, earning four Grammy Awards and 11 Grammy nominations. She has released 21 Top 40 singles, including 11 No. 1 songs. Cash’s album, The List, won the Americana Music Album of the Year award in 2009.

Cash’s most recent project, The River and the Thread, a collaboration with co-writer, producer and husband John Leventhal, received three Grammys in 2015.

In addition to her musical achievements, Cash has authored three books, including her best-selling memoir, Composed. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford-American and The Nation.

Cash’s affiliation is the latest in a string of prominent signings, with Kings of Leon, Randy Newman, Axl Rose, Robin Thicke, Green Day, George Clinton, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson recently joining the SESAC roster.


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