BMLG’s Scott Borchetta Speaks Out Against Taylor Swift Claims

Scott Borchetta

Scott Borchetta has responded to claims made earlier today by superstar and former Big Machine Records artist Taylor Swift, following the announcement that Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings has acquired Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group.

Swift claimed that she was not offered an opportunity to purchase her master recordings created during her time at Big Machine, which includes recordings from her 2006 self-titled debut album, through to 2017’s reputation album. Swift also stated that she learned Big Machine was being sold to Braun’s Ithaca Holdings (making Ithaca Holdings the owner of Swift’s master recordings made under Big Machine) “as it was announced to the world” on June 30.

Borchetta counters both claims in a post on Big Machine’s official site, and provided verbiage of text messages supposedly exchanged between Borchetta and Swift between November 2018 and June 2019. The post also includes a screenshot of a deal memo made in response to an August 2018 proposal.

Swift announced she had signed to her new label home, Universal Music, in November 2018.

Borchetta’s post in full below:

“So, it’s time for some truth…It’s time to set some things straight. Taylor’s dad, Scott Swift, was a shareholder in Big Machine Records, LLC. We first alerted all of the shareholders on Thursday, June 20th for an official shareholder’s call scheduled for Tuesday, June 25. On the 6/25 call the shareholders were made aware of the pending deal with Ithaca Holdings and had 3 days to go over all of the details of the proposed transaction. We then had a final call on Friday, June 28th in which the transaction passed with a majority vote and 3 of the 5 shareholders voting ‘yes’ with 92% of the shareholder’s vote.

“Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06 p.m., Saturday, June 29 to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of Sunday, June 30 so she could hear it directly from me.

“I guess it might somehow be possible that her dad Scott, 13 Management lawyer Jay Schaudies (who represented Scott Swift on the shareholder calls) or 13 Management executive and Big Machine LLC shareholder Frank Bell (who was on the shareholder calls) didn’t say anything to Taylor over the prior 5 days. I guess it’s possible that she might not have seen my text [as a rep claimed]. But, I truly doubt that she ‘woke up to the news when everyone else did.’

“I am attaching a few very important deal points in what was part of our official last offer to Taylor Swift to remain at Big Machine Records. Her 13 Management team and attorney Don Passman went over this document in great detail and reported the terms to her in great detail.

“Taylor and I then talked through the deal together.

“As you will read, 100% of all Taylor Swift assets were to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement. We were working together on a new type of deal for our new streaming world that was not necessarily tied to ‘albums’ but more of a length of time.

“We are an independent record company. We do not have tens of thousands of artists and recordings. My offer to Taylor, for the size of our company, was extraordinary. But it was also all I could offer as I am responsible for dozens of artists’ careers and over 120 executives and their families.

“Taylor and I remained on very good terms when she told me she wanted to speak with other record companies and see what was out there for her. I never got in her way and wished her well.

“The morning that the new Taylor/UMG announcement was going to be made, she texted me shortly before letting me know that the announcement was coming in a few minutes.

“As we both posted on our socials, we saluted each other and cheered each other on.

“Taylor had every chance in the world to own not just her master recordings, but every video, photograph, everything associated to her career. She chose to leave.

“As to her comments about ‘being in tears or close to it’ anytime my new partner Scooter Braun’s name was brought up, I certainly never experienced that. Was I aware of some prior issues between Taylor and Justin Bieber? Yes. But there were also times where Taylor knew that I was close to Scooter and that Scooter was a very good source of information for upcoming album releases, tours, etc, and I’d reach out to him for information on our behalf. Scooter was never anything but positive about Taylor. He called me directly about Manchester to see if Taylor would participate (she declined).

“He called me directly to see if Taylor wanted to participate in the Parkland March (she declined). Scooter has always been and will continue to be a supporter and honest custodian for Taylor and her music.

“This is the text Taylor sent to me on Monday, November 19th at 8:57 a.m.:

Scott,

I hope this finds you well. Since communication ran dry on our negotiations, I’ve done what I told you I would do and gone out exploring other options. Owning my masters was very important to me, but I’ve since realized that there are things that mean even more to me in the bigger picture. I had a choice whether to bet on my past or to bet on the future and I think knowing me, you can guess which one I chose. I also saw a rare opportunity to effect positive change for a lot of other artists with the leverage I have right now. I know you believe in the same things I do and I’d like to think you would be proud of what I’ve negotiated for in my deal. I wanted to tell you first that I’ll be signing with Lucian. I honestly truly cherish everything you and I have built together and I plan on saying so in my announcement of the new deal. What we accomplished together will be a lasting legacy and a case study on excellent partnerships, and may it continue. I still view you as a partner and friend and I hope you feel the same. Sending you a hug and my most sincere gratitude.

And SO much love,

Taylor

“Here is the text I sent on the evening of June 29 at 9:05pm:

“Dear Taylor,

“Hope all is well and congratulations on the success of your first two singles from “Lover”!

“I can’t wait to hear the entire album…

“I wanted to pass along to you the same courtesy that you passed along to me in regard to my future.

“Tomorrow morning (Sunday, June 30th) at 10 a.m. central, the Wall Street Journal will announce that I am entering into a merger/acquisition with Scooter Braun and Ithaca Holdings. This move will give us more pop culture super-power than ever before and I’m so excited about the future.

“I want you to know that I will continue to be the proud custodian of your previous works and will continue to keep you and your team abreast of all future plans for releases of you work.

“Nothing but the best,

Scott”

 

Taylor Swift Calls Scooter Braun’s Acquisition Of Her BMLG Masters “My Worst Case Scenario”

Taylor Swift Lover album cover

Taylor Swift has spoken out against today’s announcement that Scooter Braun has acquired the Nashville label where Swift’s music career started, Scott Borchetta‘s Big Machine Label Group. The acquisition included Swift’s back catalog of album masters through 2017’s reputation project.

In November, it was announced that Swift had left her longtime label home at Big Machine, and had signed with Universal Music Group. Her first album for Universal, Lover, releases Aug. 23.

In a lengthy Tumblr post, Swift revealed she had “pleaded for the chance to own my own work,” calling the sale of Big Machine to Braun’s Ithaca Holdings “my worst case scenario.”

She also takes aim at Big Machine’s Borchetta and Braun, saying, “This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.

“When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.”

Big Machine Records has not responded to a request for comment.

Read the full note from Swift below:

For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.

Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.

Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it.  Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.

This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.

When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.

Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.

I will always be proud of my past work. But for a healthier option, Lover will be out August 23.

Sad and grossed out,

💔

Taylor

BREAKING: Artist Manager Scooter Braun Reaches Deal To Acquire Big Machine Label Group

Scott Borchetta, Scooter Braun.

Ithaca Holdings LLC., a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun, and Big Machine Label Group, a leading independent record label founded by Scott Borchetta, announced today a finalized contract under which Ithaca Holdings will acquire Big Machine Label Group. The combination creates one of the most powerful label, management, streaming, publishing and media companies by combining complimentary services, artists, executives and expertise.

The acquisition encompasses all aspects of BMLG’s business, including its client roster, distribution deals, publishing sides and owned artist masters. The masters from Taylor Swift’s albums with BMLG are included in the acquisition portfolio.

Borchetta will join the Ithaca board, acquire a minority interest in Ithaca and remain President and CEO of BMLG. BMLG will continue normal operations out of Nashville.

The Carlyle Group, which initially invested in Ithaca in 2017, is supporting the transaction, alongside Scooter Braun and Ithaca Holdings, through an additional equity investment by way of its Carlyle Partners VI fund. Carlyle will remain a minority shareholder in Ithaca and continue to support the combined company’s growth strategy with Jay Sammons, Head of Carlyle’s Global Consumer, Media and Retail team, remaining on Ithaca’s Board.

“The idea of Scott and I working together is nothing new, we’ve been talking about it since the beginning of our friendship,” said Braun. “I reached out to him when I saw an opportunity and, after many conversations, realized our visions were aligned. He’s built a brilliant company full of iconic songs and artists. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? By joining together, we will create more opportunities for artists than ever before, by giving them the support and tools to go after whatever dreams they wish to pursue.”

“Scooter and I have been aligned with ‘big vision brings big results’ from the very first time we met in 2010,” said Borchetta. “Since then I have watched him build an incredible and diverse company that is a perfect complement to the Big Machine Label Group. Our artist-first spirit and combined roster of talent, executives, and assets is now a global force to be reckoned with. This is a very special day and the beginning of what is sure to be a fantastic partnership and historic run.”

Ithaca’s recent transactions include the launch of Mythos Studios in partnership with Marvel Founding Chairman David Maisel, the acquisition of Atlas Publishing and partnerships with Jason Owen’s Sandbox Entertainment as well as Morris Higham Management. Ithaca also has a long-standing investment in and partnership with Aubrey “Drake” Graham and Adel “Future” Nur. In 2019, Ithaca launched Raised in Space, an investment fund focused on the intersection of music and technology led by former BMG President Zach Katz. In addition, Ithaca houses Braun’s SB Projects, which services some of the biggest pop-culture icons in the world, including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, J. Balvin, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Zac Brown Band, Dan + Shay and many more.

Founded in 2005 by President and CEO Scott Borchetta, BMLG is home to Taylor Swift’s music catalogue and superstar artists such as Reba Mcentire, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum. The label group encompasses four imprints including Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records and Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. In 2012, BMLG launched publishing company Big Machine Music which today publishes hit songwriters such as Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton, Brandy Clark and Laura Veltz.

BMLG signed Taylor Swift at the beginning of her career and helped develop her into a global superstar. The label released all six of Swift’s multi-platinum studio albums including Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak NowRed1989 and reputation. Under Big Machine, Swift earned 10 GRAMMY® nominations and broke records by becoming the only artist in Nielsen Music history to achieve four million-selling weeks.

In its 14 years of existence, BMLG companies have amassed over 118 No. 1 songs and sold over 65 million albums worldwide. Six of the top 10 digital Country songs of all time have all been released by BMLG or by BMLG artists including Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” as well as their collaboration with Bebe Rexha titled “Meant To Be”; Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”; Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me”; and The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.”

Industry Pics: Abby Anderson, Eddie Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan, NSAI

Academy of Country Music Welcomes Abby Anderson to LA Office

Abby Anderson at ACM Office in Encino, California on Friday May 10, 2019. Photo: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Black River Entertainment recording artist Abby Anderson to the office while she was in Los Angeles recently. While at the Academy, Anderson performed her current single, “Good Lord,” and songs from her most recent EP, I’m Good.

Click here to watch a video from Anderson’s visit featuring an exclusive interview and clips from her performance.

 

Grand Ole Opry Celebrates Eddie Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan Anniversaries

Pictured (L-R): Angie Gentry, Eddie Montgomery, Jennifer Montgomery; Lorrie Morgan. Photo: Chris Hollo/Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC

The Grand Ole Opry recently celebrated Opry membership anniversaries with Lorrie Morgan and Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry).

Montgomery commemorated the 10th anniversary of Opry membership for Montgomery Gentry, inducted on June 23, 2009. He shared the evening with friends and family including his wife Jennifer and Troy Gentry’s wife Angie.

Earlier this month, Morgan celebrated her 35th anniversary as an Opry member.

 

NSAI On The Hill

Pictured (L-R): Lacy Green, Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-02), Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Jamie Floyd, and Chris Housman. Photo: Courtesy NSAI

Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-02) relaunched the bipartisan Songwriters Caucus in the 116th Congress on Tuesday (June 25). The caucus will serve as a forum for Congress to engage with America’s songwriters and explore policy issues that affect their often-unrecognized contribution to the music industry.

Bart Herbison, Jennifer Turnbow, and songwriters Lacy Green, Jamie Floyd, and Chris Housman are currently in D.C. visiting several members of Congress, including a visit with Congressman Deutch.

Promotions, Exits At Warner Music Nashville Radio & Streaming Dept.

Warner Music Nashville has promoted three members of its Radio & Streaming department, and announces two exits.

Current WAR Team Northeast / Midwest Manager Anna Cage will join the WMN Team as their National Director, overseeing artists including Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Cale Dodds, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell and Hunter Hayes. Reporting to VP Radio & Streaming, Tom Martens, the role has been held by Katie Bright who is leaving the company after seven years.

“We’re looking forward to Anna’s long-awaited return to Nashville, where her reputation as a fearless advocate for artists precedes her,” said Martens. “She has the enthusiasm and experience to make this role her own and take the team to new heights as Katie did.”

Heather Propper, who has been supporting the WAR Team since April, will make her move to the company permanently as she takes on Cage’s Northeast / Midwest Manager role and will continue reporting to WAR National Director James Marsh. In addition, Justin Newell will be stepping into the role of Team WMN’s West Coast Manager. This role is currently held by Warner Music Nashville staple Rick Young, who plans to officially take his leave in September after nearly 20 years with the company.

“It has always been very important to us at Warner Music Nashville to foster and develop talent so that we have a strong team of leaders ready to guide us forward,” said SVP Radio & Streaming, Kristen Williams. “I am so pleased that we are continuing to champion that mission with Justin’s promotion and officially adding Heather to the team. They each have an amazing drive and passion for our artists and I know that their transitions into these regions will be absolutely seamless.”

“Katie and Rick have been incredible assets for Team WMN,” added Williams. “We are so grateful to have had them both fighting for our artists day in and day out. With her fierce personality, Katie was the driving force behind nearly a dozen No. 1 singles for Blake Shelton and helped elevate artists like Brett Eldredge and Cole Swindell to multiple chart-toppers. Rick’s unmatched dogged mindset likes chasing airplay but he’s ready to be done chasing airplanes. After nearly three decades on the road, 14 of those with WMN, he deserves a break! We know they are both armed and ready for the next adventure and we are excited to champion them every step of the way.”

Luke Combs’ Grand Ole Opry Induction Slated For July 16

Pictured: John Conlee, Chris Janson, and Craig Morgan invite Luke Combs to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. Photo: Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Luke Combs will be officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16. The CMA and ACM Award-winning artist made his Opry debut less than three years ago and was surprised with the Opry invitation on June 11 by Opry members John Conlee, Chris Janson and Craig Morgan.

Among the Opry members scheduled for the July 16 show are the Opry’s newest member, Kelsea Ballerini, Joe Diffie, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Janson, Del McCoury Band, Morgan, and Mark Wills. Tickets are on sale now at opry.com.

Tree Vibez Music Promotes Two

Emily Peacock, Adam Romaine

Tree Vibez Music, founded by hitmaking country duo Florida Georgia Line, has promoted two staffers, with Emily Peacock and Adam Romaine rising to new roles. Peacock has been named Creative Director, while Romaine’s role has been expanded to Creative Director/Tour Manager.

Peacock is an Indiana native with eight years of music business experience, including previous stops working for Bob DiPiero, Tom-Leis Music, and Advanced Alternative Media (AAM).

Since the company’s founding, Romaine has worked as manager of the Tree Vibez Music Bus. This mobile studio, which allows artists and writers to work together on the road, has now hosted over 100 of the industry’s top songwriters, and visited more than 200 cities on tour.

“Anyone who books a TVM writing session is aware of Emily’s superior attention to detail,” says TVM General Manager Leslie T. DiPiero. “She has an enviable work ethic and insatiable love of country music songs. Her dedication to our team and writing roster is invaluable.”

TVM founders and FGL members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley add, “Emily has been a light of positivity since the day she walked through the doors of Tree Vibez,” shares Kelley. “We are so thankful to have her on our team.” Hubbard adds, “Her excitement for life and music inspires the whole building and her ability to build everyone up is so admirable. She continues to motivate every writer on the roster to be the best version of themselves. We love you Em and are so thankful for you.”

“Adam has been a huge asset to TVM and brings such a special gift to the family,” note Hubbard and Kelley. “Adam loves to invest in all the writers’ lives and has a way of bringing out the best in people,” shares Kelley. Hubbard adds, “It takes a special person to manage the TVM Bus and be on the road every weekend connecting the writers and artists and creating opportunities for everyone to flourish. Adam does that so well. We are so thankful to have him on our team.”

DiPiero says, “Adam’s passion for songwriters fuels the TVM Bus every week and his natural instincts for writer combinations is one of our secret weapons. The added bonus is everyone wants to hang and create with ‘Romie’ since he is one of the best guys you will ever meet.”

The Tree Vibez roster includes Corey Crowder, James McNair, RaeLynn, Daniel Ross, Jordan Schmidt, Canaan Smith, Jared Mullins, and Ernest. The company has earned nine No. 1 hits, 26 singles, and 140 releases to date.

Opry Entertainment Group Honored With Nine 2019 Telly Awards

Current Opry NextStage Class member Tenille Townes. Photo Credit: Danielle Piazza

The Opry Entertainment Group has won nine Telly awards in three categories for their unique, online content series. Winners included Opry Debut segments on Travis Denning, Tenille Townes, and Abby Anderson and a documentary segment on Ashley Campbell.

Within Opry Entertainment Group, the digital content team is made up of seasoned filmmakers who actively produce innovative, creative web content covering lifestyle, food, cocktails, music and more across the social channels of their iconic entertainment brands including the Grand Ole Opry, Ole Red, Ryman Auditorium and 650 AM WSM. All of the content is published on YouTube, where together, the channels exceed half a million subscribers and over 225 million views.

“These honors spotlight our commitment to producing superior quality content featuring unique approaches to artist-centered storytelling,” said Scott Bailey, Opry Entertainment Group president. “We are thrilled that the Opry Entertainment video production team was recognized for their exceptional work, which offers a unique look at the Opry, Ryman, and the city of Nashville and allows fans to deepen their connection with the artists they love.”

Telly Award wins included:

GOLD
“Better Half – Christina Ballard – Designer of Old Smokeys Boots” (Documentary: Individual)
“Family Tradition – Ashley Campbell Follows in Her Late Father’s Footsteps” (Documentary: Individual)

SILVER
“Why Not Me – The Sonny Melton Story” (Documentary: Individual)
“My Opry Debut – Travis Denning” (Documentary: Individual)
“My Opry Debut – Tenille Townes” (Documentary: Individual)
“My Opry Debut – Abby Anderson” (Documentary: Individual)

BRONZE
“Backstage at the Ryman – Tori Kelly” (Editing)
“Backstage at the Ryman – Tori Kelly” (Live Events)
“Opry NextStage – Tegan Marie – In the Making” (Documentary: Individual)

Founded in 1979, the mission of The Telly Awards is to honor excellence in video, across all screens. It first began with local, regional and cable television commercials, with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. Today, the Telly Awards recognize a new era of digital content as well, including web series, VR, 360 and beyond.

MusicRow Pics: 31st Annual MusicRow Awards

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Alecia Davis. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

The 31st annual MusicRow Awards were celebrated Wednesday night (June 26) during an all-new, expanded ceremony in Nashville.

Held at the War Memorial Auditorium, the gala attracted top music industry executives and talent to reveal winners in an expanded 11 category lineup, including attendees Tenille Townes, Dann Huff, Jeremy Bussey (“Girl Goin’ Nowhere”), CAA, and UMG Nashville. Also presented at the 2019 MusicRow Awards were the Top 10 Album All-Star Awards, recognizing session musicians achieving the most marks on albums that charted in the top 10 of Billboard’s albums sales chart throughout the prior year. See full winner list here.

MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson co-hosted with respected television host, entertainment journalist, writer and producer, Alecia Davis. During the ceremony, a surprise appearance was made by national television personality Kathie Lee Gifford.

Supporting Sponsors for the 2019 MusicRow Awards were CAA; Keller, Turner, Andrews, Ghanem, PLLC; Vaden Group|Elliott Davis. Partners for the 2019 MusicRow Awards were City National Bank and RAM.

For a full recap, read Robert K. Oermann’s writeup here.

 

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s Lorie Hollabaugh, Jessica Nicholson, Haley Crow, Sherod Robertson, Alex Kobrick, Eric Parker and LB Rogers. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured: 2019 Talent Agency of the Year winners CAA. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured: Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow.

 

Pictured (L-R): Morgan Clark and David Ross. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured (L-R): Ellen May, Kristin Cantrell, and Becky Harris. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured (L-R): SESAC’s Amanda Terranova, Zach Green, Edie Emery, Tim Fink, and Jenna Smith. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured (L-R): Bob and Leslie DiPiero. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow.

 

Pictured (left): Big Loud Records/Tree Vibez Music artist HARDY. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured: Sea Gayle Records artist CJ Solar. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured (L-R): Blain Rhodes, Tom Luteran, Josh Van Valkenburg, Josh Tomlinson, and Katie Kerkhover. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured (L-R): Craig Campbell, guest, and James Elliott. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

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Pictured: Songwriter Tofer Brown. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured: Nashville School of the Arts Trey Jacobs and guests. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Pictured (L-R): Jamie Bruno (Being Bob Music/Tom-Leis Music), Bob DiPiero (BMI Icon/Hall of Fame Songwriter), Leslie T. DiPiero (Tree Vibez Music), Emily Peacock (Tree Vibez Music), and Jason Gantt (2019 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Nominee). Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

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DJ Moose. Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

 

Photo: Steve Lowry for MusicRow

Warner Chappell Music Extends Deal With Songwriter Caroline Watkins

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has extended a worldwide publishing deal with Nashville native and singer/songwriter, Caroline Watkins. She is currently touring and will open for country superstar Brett Eldredge in Massachusetts on Aug. 9-10.

By the age of 16, Watkins landed her own round at the Bluebird Café and before graduating high school, signed her first deal with WCM. She was recently selected as the second-ever recipient of Miranda Lambert’s “Women Creators” scholarship at Belmont University, where she studied music and business. Just last year, her music made its silver screen debut in the romantic drama, Forever My Girl, starring Alex Roe, Jessica Rother, and John Benjamin Hickey.

Watkins is currently writing and recording for her first EP.