Bill Anderson Inks Contract Extension With Sony ATV

L-R: Terry Wakefield, Sr. VP Creative, Sony/ATV; Bill Anderson; Troy Tomlinson, President/CEO, Sony/ATV; Lee Willard, Straight 8 Entertainment

Country Music Hall Of Famer Bill Anderson has renewed his contract with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for the twelfth consecutive year, continuing his decade-long partnership with the publisher.

The six-time Songwriter of the Year winner first signed with Tree international, now owned by Sony, back in 1958. Since then, Anderson has created chart-topping hits like “Whiskey Lullaby,” (Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss), “A Lot Of Things Different,” (Kenny Chesney), “Give It Away,” (George Strait), and “Country,” (Mo Pitney) among others.

“I love being part of the Sony-ATV family. I have copyrights there dating as far back as 1958, and hope to put lots more there before I’m through. I’m glad they’re going to let me hang around for another year,” said Anderson.

Anderson continues to land cuts on albums and most recently teamed with Brad Paisley to co-write “Dying To See Her” for Paisley’s Love And War album which was released in April. He also released his official autobiography, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music this year, and continues to tour and perform regularly at The Grand Ole Opry as a 55-year Opry member.

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