Cindy Watts, long-time Tennessean reporter, and Leigh Ann Pigue, formerly of Varnell Enterprises, Inc., have joined Rob Beckham and Bill Simmons‘ management firm, the AMG.
Watts joins as the Manager of Corporate Communications. The Middle Tennessee State University graduate’s career began at Murfreesboro’s Daily News Journal in 2000 before she spent 20 years as a country music/celebrities reporter at the Tennessean.
Watts will serve as the community liaison for the AMG in addition to handling corporate communications and providing in-house media support for all AMG artists. AMG clients Brad Paisley and Chris Young will continue to be represented by Bieber Public Relations and Monarch Publicity, respectively.
Pigue joins as the Manager of Tour Marketing. Pigue has handled tour marketing at Varnell Enterprises for clients including Paisley, Young, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith for the last 20 years. She also worked on advertising and promotion for multiple Garth Brooks and George Strait tours; and served as the Promotions and Marketing Director for WVLK AM-FM/HMH Broadcasting in Lexington, Kentucky.
“We are so excited and humbled to have these two amazingly talented women by our sides as we continue to grow this business into a new breed of artist management,” said Beckham, President and CEO of the AMG.
“Cindy and Leigh Ann have been great partners in the development of the careers of both Brad Paisley and Chris Young, and we could not be happier to welcome them to our new team,” said AMG partner Simmons.
Beckham, former partner and co-head of WME Nashville, and Simmons, former partner at The Fitzgerald Hartley Co. came together in May 2019 to form The AMG, where they now manage Simmons’ long-time management clients Paisley and Young, as well as newcomer, Big Machine recording artist, Payton Smith.
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