Sony Music Nashville, Villa 40 Sign Tyler Booth

Pictured (L-R, front row): Angie Magill, SVP, Legal & Business Affairs, Sony Music Nashville; Joe Fisher, Villa 40; Tyler Booth; Jim Catino, EVP, A&R, SMN; Scott Safford,Safford-Motley; (L-R, back row): Steve Hodges, EVP, Promotion/Artist Development, SMN; Taylor Lindsey, SVP, A&R, SMN; Villa 40’s Brad Margolis; Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, SMN; producer/songwriter Phil O’Donnell; Ken Robold, EVP/COO, SMN; Kris Wiatr, Wiatr & Associates. Photo: Matthew Berinato

Tyler Booth has been signed to Villa 40/Sony Music Nashville. Booth is the first artist to launch as part of an exclusive, long-term joint-venture agreement between the label group and Villa 40, which was co-founded by music industry executives including Joe Fisher, Brad Margolis and Trace Ayala.

“I’m so excited to sign with Sony Nashville/Villa 40; they plucked me out of the hills of Kentucky,” Booth said. “They told me they believed in me, loved the music I was making and felt like they wanted to be apart of my future. I’ve grown to know them like family and feel like it’s where I belong.”

The 21-year-old Booth is a native of Southeastern Kentucky, and first caught the attention of producer/writer Phil O’Donnell. Booth recently released the songs “Long Comes A Girl” and “Where The Livin’ Is.”

“On behalf of the Villa 40 team, we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our joint venture with Sony Music Nashville,” Margolis said. “We have watched the Sony team repeatedly break genre-defining artists, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with our signing of Tyler Booth…Villa 40 was founded with the goal of developing artists across all aspects of their careers, and we know that working with the SMN team will allow us to help artists like Tyler define the next decade of country music.”

Sony Music Nashville EVP A&R Jim Catino added, “Brad and Joe and the entire Villa 40 team are creative and passionate collaborators. What better way to kick-off our new relationship than to share the news of signing the incredibly talented singer-songwriter Tyler Booth.”


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