Music Knox Records Makes Initial Artist Signing With Sykamore

Pictured: (Back row) Chris Poole (Director of A&R, BBR Music Group), Ben Vaughn (CEO, Warner/Chappell Nashville), Sara Knabe (VP A&R, BBR Music Group), Jake Kennedy (The Anvil), Shalacy Griffin (SVP, Music Knox), Nathan Drake (Dickinson Wright PLLC), Colton McGee (Director of Business and Legal Affairs, BBR Music Group). (Front row) Jon Loba (EVP, BBR Music Group), Sykamore, Michael Knox (Music Knox Records). Photo Credit: Scott Schleiff

Sykamore is the first artist to sign with Music Knox Records, a joint venture between producer Michael Knox and BBR Music Group/BMG.

The vocalist, musician, composer and storyteller moved to Nashville in 2017 after being discovered on Twitter by hit songwriter, Rhett Akins.  Soon after, she signed a publishing deal with Home Team (founded by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett as a joint-venture with Roc Nation). In 2018, Sykamore self-released an EP titled Self Medicine that has garnered more than 1.4 million on-demand streams to date. Sykamore is managed by Jake Kennedy at The Anvil.

“I’m honored to be the first artist signed to Music Knox,” said Sykamore.  “The passion Michael has brought to this project as A&R and producer is truly amazing, and it makes me so excited for what’s next.  The BBR/BMG family has been incredible, and I can’t wait to work with them and put out some great songs!”

“We couldn’t be prouder to have her as our first signing. When I first heard Sykamore, her voice grabbed my attention immediately. Being a song guy, when I found out that she was a writer on everything I was hearing, it was a no brainer for me,” said Knox. “We are very excited for everyone to hear what we love about Sykamore!”

“We are in awe of Sykamore’s talent and I am thrilled to be a part of this team. There is such an extraordinary depth to her songwriting,” said Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group. “She has a unique ability to write universally relatable songs while still weaving in such eloquent and intricate details and then deliver it in such a personal way.”

The Carseland, Alberta, Canada native was raised on a fourth-generation cattle ranch in a house built by her great grandfather. She grew up listening to country music and began writing her own music in 2012. Since then, she has been recognized at songwriting-focused events including the ATB All-Albertan Song Contest, Project Wild, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s annual Discovery Program.


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