Luke Laird Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Creative Nation

Front row (L-R): Hannah Williams, Sony/ATV Nashville Creative Manager; Josh Van Valkenburg, Sony/ATV Nashville SVP, Creative; Luke Laird; Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO. Back row (L-R): Terry Wakefield, Sony/ATV Nashville SVP, Creative; Dustin Kovacic, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Tom Luteran, Sony/ATV Nashville VP, Creative; Austen Adams, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Stephen Denninger, Sony/ATV Nashville A&R Coordinator; Dane Schmidt, Sony/ATV Nashville Director, Creative

Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Creative Nation.

As a songwriter, Laird has had 46 radio singles – 23 of which were Billboard No. 1 hits and four of which were in the Billboard top five. His #1 hits include: “Fast” and “I See You” (Luke Bryan); “Head Over Boots” (Jon Pardi); “T-Shirt” (Thomas Rhett); “Gonna” and “Hillbilly Bone” (Blake Shelton); “Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and “Drink In My Hand” (Eric Church); “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney); “Sunshine & Whiskey” (Frankie Ballard); “One of Those Nights” (Tim McGraw); “Downtown” (Lady Antebellum); “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (Hunter Hayes); “Beat This Summer” (Brad Paisley); “Pontoon” (Little Big Town); “You” (Chris Young); “A Little Bit Stronger” (Sara Evans); “Take A Back Road” (Rodney Atkins); and “Temporary Home,” “Undo It,” “So Small,” and “Last Name” (Carrie Underwood).

The Country Music Association has recognized Laird on six occasions with the coveted Triple Play Award, signifying three No. 1 singles within a 12-month period. Laird co-produced the album Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves, which received both Grammy and ACM awards for Album of the Year. He has also received two of BMI’s most respected honors: Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year, and Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year.

Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO Troy Tomlinson said: “It’s a rare occasion when a publisher is able to secure both the hit-driven catalog and the futures of a writer the quality of Luke Laird. We are grateful that he is entrusting his body of work with us and look forward to continuing success.”

Laird said, “I’m looking forward to working with Troy, Josh Van Valkenburg and the entire Sony/ATV team. They have a great history of working with songwriters who are heroes of mine and they will be the perfect complement to my team at Creative Nation.”

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