Industry Ink: NSAI, Southbound 75, Willie Morrison

NSAI Promotes Two In Membership Department

Pictured: Hudson, Cunningham

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has promoted Leah Hudson to the role of Director of Membership & Songwriter Events and Ryan Cunningham to the role of Director of Membership & Songwriter Relations.

Hudson began her journey at NSAI in 2017 as an intern and joined the full-time staff immediately following her graduation from Troy University in Alabama. Cunningham joined NSAI in January 2020 after holding previous roles as A&R Director at OakHill Music, Director of Artist Management at Music Row Management, Social Media Coordinator/Publicist at PLA Media, and Artist Management positions at The Holland Group and Banner Music.

 

Southbound 75 Inks With Roxy Entertainment Group

Pictured, clockwise from lower right): SB75’s Mark Lorenzo and Vance Eskesen, Bernard Porter (PCG), Bill McDermott (Roxy Ent.)

Southbound 75, led by songwriter Mark Lorenzo, has signed a recording deal with Roxy Entertainment Group, headed up by Nashville producer Bill McDermott. The Tampa-based country rockers debut album Tales From The Black Swamp, produced by McDermott, is due out later this Summer. “I am very excited to be working with Mark Lorenzo and the rest of the guys in Southbound 75,” said McDermott. “I am really looking forward to great things happening for these guys. Lorenzo’s songwriting abilities are just flat-out remarkable as an artist.”

 

Willie Morrison Signs Management Deal With Prime Focus

Willie Morrison

Willie Morrison has signed with music industry veteran Randy Brown’s Prime Focus for exclusive management representation. Morrison, former frontman for The Morrison Brothers Band, is set to release his debut song as a solo artist on May 29. The Benjamin Johnson-produced “One More Time” exemplifies the sound and direction Willie has been crafting over the past two years and will be a perfect introduction to summer.

“The first time Ben Johnson played Willie’s ‘One More Time’ for me, I was instantly struck by the fresh sound,” said Brown. “I love what Willie stands for, where he’s wanting to go, and his approach to music and life. I knew I had to be part of his next move as a solo artist.”

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