SMACKSongs Expands Publishing Roster


Pictured (L-R): Parallel Entertainment’s Marc Rucker, SMACKSongs’ Lee Krabel, Greenberg Traurig’s Josh Brackin, Kobalt’s Jesse Willoughby. Pictured (Front row, L-R): SMACKSongs’ Robin Palmer, Ryan Beaver, Shane McAnally

Ryan Beaver has signed a worldwide publishing deal with SMACKSongs, administered exclusively by Kobalt.

Beaver, a Texas native, has been writing and performing since he was 17. He has released three albums, including his most recent, Rx. Beaver co-wrote 10 of the 12 tracks on the album, and was nominated by the AIMP for Rising Independent Artist-Writer of the Year in 2017. He has toured with artists including The Cadillac Three, Ashley Monroe, Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam and more.

“We are so honored to add Ryan Beaver to our family of writers. He is truly a songwriter’s songwriter and his songs and artistry are completely his own,” said SMACK CEO Shane McAnally.  “I have admired his unique artistry and songwriting for many years and am excited for the dynamic he will add to SMACK.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the SMACK/Kobalt family,” said Beaver. “I’ve been a fan of the writers, artists and staff associated for quite some time now. I love their approach to today’s ever-changing music industry and the creativity that stems from such great folks. I look forward to what the future has in store.”



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