Endurance Music Group has acquired Wide Open Music, adding a roster of artist-writers including Jimmie Allen and Matt Stell, Wide Open co-founder Ash Bowers, and songwriters Seth Alley and Paul Sikes to the Endurance fold.
Endurance President Michael Martin said, “We are thrilled to welcome Wide Open Music into the Endurance family. Mark Ahlberg and Amplified Administration have helped lay the foundation for a successful relationship with Ash and his team, and we can’t wait to see where this new partnership takes us.” Raven Capital Management Co-Founder Jeremy Tucker added, “The Wide Open Music roster is an exciting addition to the Endurance team of songwriters. We’re confident this partnership will bring even greater success for our newly expanded musical family.”
Bowers added, “Our Wide Open roster of artists and songwriters is the foundation of what we have been fortunate enough to build over the past few years. It was important for me to help our writers reach new levels, and we have been blessed with the opportunity to join the Endurance team. With Endurance we have a publishing home that not only has some of the best players in the business, but is also a group of people that strive for greatness and encourage integrity.”
Bowers and Steve Williams launched Wide Open Music as a publishing company in 2013 and earned success with songs including Brett Young’s double-platinum, 2018 BMI Country Song of the Year “In Case You Didn’t Know.” In 2017 the company expanded into management, representing Broken Bow/BMG artist Jimmie Allen, whose single “Best Shot” spent three weeks at No. 1 on the country radio charts in 2018. The company also signed Matt Stell, who signed a label deal with Arista and earned a No. 1 hit with “Prayed For You” in 2019.
Endurance Music Group made its debut in mid-2019 with hit songwriters Scooter Carusoe (“Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson, “For the First Time”- Darius Rucker) and Clint Lagerberg (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban, “Here Comes Goodbye” – Rascal Flatts), emerging songwriter-artists Jake Rose and Ryan Plappert, and songwriter Ben Stoll. Endurance also represents the catalogs of hit songwriters Kevin Kadish (“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor, “Whiskey Glasses” -Morgan Wallen), BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Ross Copperman (“Tip of My Tongue“ – Kenny Chesney, “Love Someone” – Brett Eldredge), Hillary Lindsey (“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban), Extreme Writers Group (“I Saw God Today” – George Strait, “I Loved Her First” – Heartland), and Matt Jenkins (“Confession” – Florida Georgia Line, “Cop Car” -Keith Urban).
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