Industry Ink: William Michael Morgan, Wortman Works Media & Marketing, John Schneider

William Michael Morgan Exits Warner

William Michael Morgan.

William Michael Morgan and Warner Music Nashville have parted ways, MusicRow has confirmed.

“WMN will continue to be fans and champions of William Michael for many years to come,” the label said via a statement.

In 2015, Morgan’s single “I Met A Girl,” reached No. 1 and was certified gold; his debut album Vinyl reached the Top 5 on the country sales chart. In November 2018, he premiered “Gone Enough.”


Wortman Works Adds Account Executive

Conner McKiever

Wortman Works Media & Marketing has hired Conner McKiever as an account executive. McKiever can be reached by emailing [email protected] or by phone at 812.736.6080.

The company, led by Jules Wortman, includes clients Natalie Grant, The SteelDrivers, the Gospel Music Association, and more.


John Schneider Visits MusicRow Magazine

John Schneider. Photo: Haley Crow

John Schneider recently visited the MusicRow Magazine offices, to discuss his recent project Odyssey. Schneider is best-known for portraying Bo Duke in Dukes Of Hazzard and Jonathan Kent in Smallville. He also notched several Top 10 singles on the country charts in the 1980s, as well as the No. 1 hits “Country Girls” and “You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight.”

On Odyssey, Schneider collected 52 sterling songs from writers including, Chuck Cannon, Bobby Tomberlin, Bill Anderson and Paul Overstreet. He has released one song each week.

“My thing has always been telling stories in a unique way. Conway Twitty said, ‘You can find a lot of exceptional songs. You can only write a few.’” he told MusicRow. “It’s all about the words, the lyrics.”

He also discussed the effect streaming has had on songwriting.

“There is no room for album cuts anymore, with streaming,” he said. “If the Eagles put out new music, everything would have to be ‘Life In the Fast Lane,’ or you’re done. How scary is that? But it’s a great time if you can tell the difference between a great song and an exceptional song.”

John Schneider with MusicRow Magazine owner/publisher Sherod Robertson.


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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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