Industry Ink: Warner/Chappell, CTM Writer’s INK, T.J. Martell Foundation, SSM Nashville

Warner/Chappell, CTM Writer’s Ink Sign Jimi Bell

Pictured, back row (L-R): Matt Michiels (W/C), Alison Junker (W/C), BJ Hill (W/C), Travis Carter (W/C), Eddie Robba (CTM Writer’s INK), Brandon Perdue (CTM Writer’s INK).
Front row (L-R): Alicia Pruitt (W/C), Chris Poole (CTM Writer’s INK), Jimi Bell, Will Overton (W/C)

Jimi Bell has signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell and CTM Writer’s INK. The Hawkinsville, Georgia native moved to Nashville in 2014 to pursue a career as a songwriter/producer.


T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Council Stands Up To Cancer, AIDS

Team APA races to victory at the Downtown Derby Bed Race. Photo: Alex Berger Photography


The T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Council raised more than $90,000 for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at the second annual Downtown Derby Bed Race, held in Nashville on Saturday, May 6. Twenty teams participated in a race up 5th Avenue to Bridgestone Plaza from companies such as APA, CAA, UTA, WME, Warner Music Nashville, Opry Entertainment, Margaritaville, Tin Roof, Jim ‘N Nicks, Omni Hotel, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and more. Team APA won the race with a record-setting time for the second year in a row. Awards were also presented for “Best Decorated,” “Best in Spirit” and The “Shining Star” award, presented to the individual who raised the most money through online fundraising.

“The T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals sought to build upon the scope, enthusiasm, and fundraising of our inaugural Downtown Derby Bed Race last year, and I’m proud to say that we succeeded beyond our own expectations,” said Justin Cahill, co-chair of the Young Professionals Council. “This year’s event raised over $90,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation, and we experienced the full embrace of the Nashville community. This felt like the year that the Downtown Derby established itself as an exciting and unique event in the growing Nashville landscape, and we can’t wait to come back with more in 2018.”

Co-chair Nick Garvin added, “We are so thankful for all of the sponsors and teams who helped us surpass last year’s fundraising total. Every member of our board takes great honor in playing our part with the T.J. Martell Foundation’s vision to Put Cancer To Bed.”

SSM Nashville Records Signs A.C. Jones

A.C. Jones has signed with independent country label, SSM Nashville Records. She joins a growing roster including Branch and Dean, Alexandra Demetree, Redhead Express and Wes Hayden.
Jones, an Ohio native, was given the choice to pursue a career in biochemistry with a full ride scholarship, or concentrate on her music. Ultimately, she chose her music and will release a single to country radio later this year.
“Our format needs this quality of vocals and true showmanship that AC brings,” label President Patti Olsen-Garafola said. “Her depth of vocal talent is unparalleled.”


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