Ashley Gorley, Round Hill Music Close Catalog Sale and “Go-Forward” Publishing Deal

Photo taken at signing of catalog sale and just before celebrating one of Gorley’s recent No. 1’s with Chris Janson for “Fix a Drink.” Pictured, First Row: Blain Rhodes (Tape Room Publishing), Ashley Gorley, Mark Brown (General Manager, Nashville, Round Hill Music). Back Row: Derek Crownover (Lead Counsel for Gorley, Dickinson Wright Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice Group Leader), Dustin Kovacic (Gorley Counsel, Dickinson Wright), Cam Caldwell (Gorley Counsel, Dickinson Wright), Penny Gattis (Round Hill Music, Nashville), Josh Saxe (Round Hill Music, Nashville), Jeff Carlton (Tape Room Publishing), Matthew Beckett (Round Hill Music, Business Affairs, Nashville)

Five-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley and Round Hill Music have announced the closing of the sale of Gorley’s back catalog of songs and a “go-forward” publishing deal.

“I am very excited about the next phase of my career with Round Hill Music. Josh Gruss, Neil Gillis and Mark Brown have built a great company here in Nashville, and I look forward to helping them grow their catalog of songs in the coming years,” Gorley said.

“It goes without saying that Ashley’s catalog and songwriting prowess are beyond incredible. His reputation precedes him. We are so honored to be working with him, his team and his treasure trove of songs,” said Mark Brown, general manager of Round Hill Nashville.

Gorley has now written 37 songs that have reached No. 1 on country airplay charts. Some of his hits include: “Unforgettable” and “Marry Me” for Thomas Rhett, “Dirt On My Boots” for Jon Pardi, “Dirty Laundry” for Carrie Underwood, “Black” for Dierks Bentley, “Today” for Brad Paisley, “A Guy with a Girl” for Blake Shelton, “Play It Again” for Luke Bryan and “You’re Gonna Miss This” for Trace Adkins.

Gorley is the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2009 ASCAP Country Awards Songwriter of the Year, and the 2017, 2016 and 2013 NSAI Awards Songwriter of the Year

Eleven times in his career he has received the CMA’s Triple Play Award, which recognizes songwriters with three or more No. 1 songs in one year. In 2016, Gorley became the first songwriter to be honored with three CMA Triple Play Awards in a single year, earning nine chart-topping songs in a 12-month period, a feat he repeated in 2017.

Gorley is currently nominated for the 2018 ACM Songwriter of the Year Award.

“It’s an honor that a writer of such high caliber as Ashley has chosen Round Hill as his creative home. It’s a testament to the skill and culture at Round Hill Nashville. We’re going to work side-by-side with Blain and his team, and crush it,” added Josh Gruss.

Dickinson Wright’s Music Row attorneys Derek Crownover and Cam Caldwell represented Gorley in the transaction with support from Todd Glisson of Covenant Partners and Harlan Hallett of Blue Sky Group. Round Hill’s closing team included long-time RHM attorneys Selverne & Company’s Michael Selverne (General Counsel), Amy Bason (Counsel), Matthew Beckett (RHM business affairs) and Mark Brown (General Manager, Nashville Office of Round Hill Music).

Round Hill includes an extensive catalog of music recorded and performed by The Beatles, Eddie Holland, Neil Sedaka, The Rolling Stones, The Offspring, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Bon Jovi, Steve Perry, Louis Armstrong, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, N Sync, Tesla, Mötley Crüe, Eric Carmen, Percy Sledge, Warrant, Bush and Katy Perry and many others. Some of Round Hill’s current artists, writers and producers include American Authors, Eric Krasno, Morgan Taylor Reid, Cobi, Jeffery David, The London Souls, Gramatik, Royal Teeth, Civil Twilight, The Griswolds, Lettuce and Odessa.

Round Hill Nashville claims current hit songwriters such as Dallas Davidson, Jimmy Robbins, Wade Kirby and Danny Myrick on its current roster along with Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, Sarah Buxton, the Warren Brothers, Matt Dragstrem and Chris Tompkins in partnership with Big Loud Shirt.

Round Hill has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and London.



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