WME’s Nashville Office Promotes Five To Partner

Pictured (clockwise from top left): Abby Wells Baas, Kevin Meads, Braeden Rountree, Nate Towne, Barrett Sellers.

WME has announced that Abby Wells Baas, Kevin Meads, Braeden Rountree, Barrett Sellers and Nate Towne have been elevated to partner in the agency’s Nashville office. They will all continue their work in the country music department.

Wells Baas, Meads, Rountree, Sellers and Towne all launched their careers at William Morris Agency and transitioned to WME following the company’s merger with Endeavor in 2009.

Wells Baas began her career as assistant to former WMA Nashville Co-Head Rick Shipp 23 years ago and rose through the agency’s Agent Trainee program. She currently handles all bookings for WME’s country roster in the Central Midwest territory, and works with clients such as Easton Corbin, Kenny G, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jon Reep and Thompson Square. Outside the office, Wells Baas recently traveled to Kenya as part of a UNICEF delegation sent to observe and provide aid for the Kakuma Refugee Camp. She also serves as a mentor at a Nashville inner city-school.

Meads began his career at William Morris Agency in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks to agent in 2008. In his current role, Meads works across WME’s country roster to book large venues in the Southeast region, working with clients such as Brooks & Dunn, Trea Landon, Chris Lane, Jon Langston and Cole Swindell. In addition to his work at WME, Meads regularly serves as a mentor to students at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary school and consults on the establishment of various enrichment programs focusing on music and art for the schools.

Rountree joined the William Morris Agency mailroom in 2006 following stints in publishing, radio promotion, management and record label operations. In his current role, he works with clients including Kane Brown, Ryan Hurd, The Marcus King Band, Dylan Schneider and Granger Smith. Outside the office, Rountree has volunteered his time to charitable organizations including The Nashville Rescue Mission, The Ronald McDonald House, Napier Elementary School, and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to raising money for the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Sellers joined William Morris Agency as an assistant in 2001 following graduation from Vanderbilt. In his current role, he works across WME’s country roster to book large venues in the Western region, working with clients such as Lindsay Ell, LOCASH, Dustin Lynch, Mitchell Tenpenny and Tyler Rich. In addition to his work at WME, Sellers is a mentor at a Nashville inner city-school and spends time helping the W. O. Smith Music School, which makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families.

Towne joined the William Morris Agency mailroom in 2006, working his way up to agent in 2009. He currently focuses on booking shows in arenas, amphitheaters, theaters, PACS and casinos in the Northeast and regularly consults on touring strategy for various artists across WME’s country roster. Some of the clients he works with include Casey Donahew, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Dylan Scott and Chris Young. He also regularly works with students at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary school and volunteers his time and resources for various charitable causes including UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, the TJ Martell Foundation, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and Make-a-Wish of Middle Tennessee.

WME’s clients boast a total of 33 nominations across key categories for tomorrow night’s CMA Awards. Additionally, the agency represents Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, who will co-host the show.

The news comes on the heels of Skyler Clark-Hamel, Alex Collignon and Beth Hamilton’s promotions to agent last month, which came shortly after Becky Gardenhire’s promotion to Co-Head of the Nashville office.

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