Spirit Music Group Signs David Garcia

Pictured (L-R): Derek Crownover, Attorney (Dickinson Wright PLLC); David Garcia; Megan Keelan, Legal Intern (Dickinson Wright PLLC); Michelle Davey, Director of Administration/Office Manager (Spirit Music Nashville); Cam Caldwell, Attorney (Dickinson Wright PLLC); Derek Wells, Sr. Director of A&R/Production (Spirit Music Nashville); Brian Bradford, VP of Administration and Operations (Spirit Music Nashville); David Crow, Attorney (Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC); Matthew Beckett, Attorney (Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC); Frank Rogers, CEO (Spirit Music Nashville); Freeman Wizer, Sr. Director of Creative (Spirit Music Nashville)

Spirit Music Group has signed a multi-faceted deal with songwriter and producer David Garcia, which includes the purchase of his catalog as well as a publishing deal for future works.

“Spirit Music Group is honored to partner with David Garcia in both his catalog and new works,” said Jon Singer, Chairman, Spirit Music Group. “David has a proven track record of hits, and the impressive ability to write in multiple genres—the entire global team at Spirit is excited to give David our full support.”

“David Garcia is a force of nature,” said Frank Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Spirit Music Nashville. “His songs, his production, his energy and his personality are addictive. We could not be more excited to partner with David and welcome him to the Spirit Music family!”

“I am so excited to be partnering with Frank Rogers and the whole Spirit Music team for this next chapter of my songwriting career,” said Garcia. “The energy and excitement that is coming out of the Nashville office is amazing, and I am thrilled to have them on-board as my publishing partner.”

Four-time Grammy recipient Garcia co-wrote and co-produced the smash hit “Meant To Be,” recorded by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line. The song spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In 2017, he earned a No. 1 hit for co-writing and co-producing “More Girls Like You,” recorded by Kip Moore.

Garcia has penned more than 20 No. 1 Contemporary Christian songs. He was named ASCAP’s 2019 Christian Songwriter of the Year earlier this week (he previously earned the honor in 2015), and has earned nine Dove Awards.

He worked with Carrie Underwood on her sixth studio project, including the lead single “Cry Pretty,” and “Southbound.” His latest single, “Hell Right,” recorded by Blake Shelton (ft. Trace Adkins) is currently at radio.

Since announcing the appointment of Frank Rogers to Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Nashville in May of this year, the company has made quick impact with the formation of a JV with Grammy-nominated Platinum producer Derek Wells (also appointing Wells as Senior Director A&R Production); the signing MusicRow‘s Song of the Year co-writer Jeremy Bussey; as well as the signings of Bobby Hamrick and Brinley Addington. Other recent successes by Spirit Music Nashville and Fluid Music Revolution include ASCAP’s Song of the Year (“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne); SESAC’s Song of the Year (“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington); CMA Song of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban) and CMA Album of the Year From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton); and a publishing interest in ACM nominations for Song of the Year (“Whiskey & You” by Chris Stapleton); Single of the Year (“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton and “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland) and Songwriter of the Year (Josh Osborne).

Spirit Music Group and Spirit Music Nashville have had a string of signings and acquisitions over the past year. In January, Spirit Music Group executives Singer and Ross Cameron formed Lyric Capital Group to take ownership of Spirit Music Group and secure a recapitalization of over $350 million. Spirit Music Group is now wholly-owned by the newly formed Lyric Capital Group.

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