Ryman Hospitality, Blake Shelton Head To The Doghouse
Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties celebrated the grand opening of The Doghouse at Ole Red Tishomingo, a music hall and events venue expansion to the Shelton-inspired bar and restaurant located in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Luke Bryan made a special appearance on May 23, with Shelton performing on May 24.
Prior to Shelton’s performance, JD Strong, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Richard Hatcher, President of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation and Jean Kates, Treasurer Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation, were invited to the stage. Shelton presented the group with a check for $144,500 benefitting the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation where he is a board member. The funds were raised by tickets sales to Thursday and Friday’s performances and will support conservation enhancement projects in Oklahoma a cause important to Shelton and Bryan, both avid outdoorsman.
Artist Development, Marketing Venture Chordwell Launches
Ryan Wesley Smith has launched artist development and marketing venture Chordwell in Nashville. The company is a full-service artist management and development company working with talent in a variety of genres. Additionally, Chordwell operates as marketing and business development partner working with artists and labels to further their impact.
Smith was previously at Story House Collective, where he handled marketing for four-time Grammy nominee and five-time ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year award winner Matthew West, and new-artist Leanna Crawford. He’s also worked with artists for KING & COUNTRY, Ty James, YoungHeart, Cade Thompson, and labels Curb|Word Entertainment, Loyalty Records, and Capitol CMG.
“I’m thrilled to begin this new season. I believe the industry’s best days are ahead, and hope our team at Chordwell can become a disruptive force in entertainment and a catalyst careers of our clients,” said Smith.
For more, visit chordwell.com.
SNG Music Signs Oran Thornton
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Oran Thornton has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with SNG Music. Thornton joins a roster that includes Carson Chamberlain, Marty Dodson, Mark Nesler, Wyatt McCubbin, Gary Reamey, Zarni de Vette and Lee Starr.
“It’s great to have someone with Oran’s unique talents as part of our SNG Music team,” says Managing Partner, Gary Reamey.
Raised in the small town of Stockton, Missouri, Thornton made the transition to Nashville in 2009 after spending his teen years performing and touring across the U.S. and Europe with Grammy-winning Christian hip-hop/pop rock trio, DC Talk. Later, Thornton formed Flick with his younger brother before shifting focus on his new found passion for engineering, producing and songwriting. He has also worked on projects for Miranda Lambert, David Nail, Little Big Town, Eric Church and Angaleena Presley; and has contributed his engineering, producing and guitar talents to projects including the Eli Young Band, Stoney LaRue, Adam Hood, Brent Cobb and Logan Brill.
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