Natalie Hemby, known for penning No. 1 songs including “Downtown” (Lady Antebellum) and “Pontoon” (Little Big Town), has inked a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.
The Nashville native has also written chart-topping songs including Little Big Town’s “Tornado,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar,” “Only Prettier,” “Baggage Claim” and “Automatic,” in addition to 10 tracks on Lambert’s double-album The Weight Of These Wings. Other hits in Hemby’s catalog include Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t Rush” (ft. Vince Gill), Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” “A Little More Love,” with Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice, and the Labrinth hit, “Jealous.”
“Universal Music Publishing has always been a company not only passionate about music and songs, but also about the songwriters. I am beyond excited to be a part of such a dynamic group of people who are heartfelt and dedicated to their writers,” said Hemby.
“We’ve always had a deep admiration for Natalie’s writing and artistry. She is an extremely versatile tunesmith with a once in a lifetime voice who can balance hit songs with lyrical integrity,” said Kent Earls, UMPG Nashville’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Natalie is a dream come true and we’re elated she chose UMPG to represent her.”
In addition to writing hit songs for other artists, this singer-songwriter released the documentary and album Puxico in 2015. She co-produced and co-wrote the songs featured in the project. Last year, she opened shows for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul II Soul Tour, as well as shows for Amy Grant and Gill. Most recently, she’s opened shows for Lambert and Little Big Town on their The Bandwagon Tour.
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