Rare Spark Media Signs Brian Layson, Adds Three Staffers

Brian Layson

Indie publishing and artist development company Rare Spark Media has added Brian Layson to its roster. The songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist joins a roster that includes Walker Hayes, Park Chisolm, Victoria Banks, and Kirsten Arian. Layson spent nearly seven years recording and touring with Will Hoge after moving to Nashville in 1999, and most recently, six years touring and recording with Dierks Bentley, before Layson left the road in 2016 to pursue writing and producing.

The company, launched by CEO Suzanne Strickland and VP/GM Scot Sherrod, celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and celebrates by adding to its staff.

Stephanie Rew has been tapped as director of media and communications, having joined the company following previous stops at Essential Broadcast Media, LLC; Raycom Media and the Academy of Country Music.

Carly Strickland has been named creative director, following her previous role as an associate producer with Firefly Media.

CeCe Dawson has been tapped as part-time visual designer, overseeing content creation and creative assets for the company.

RareSpark Media Group, Inc. Staff (L-R): Katie Allen, Stephanie Rew, Suzanne Strickland, Scot Sherrod, Carly Strickland and CeCe Dawson



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