Concord Music Publishing Inks Deal With Hillary Lindsey

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Hit songwriter Hillary Lindsey has signed an exclusive, global co-publishing agreement with Nashville-based Concord Music Publishing. Concord has also acquired an interest in Lindsey’s back catalog, which includes 11 No. 1 singles with Carrie Underwood, as well as chart-topping hits for Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, country trio Lady A, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and others.

Concord and Lindsey have also established an exclusive creative venture to jointly sign and develop a new generation of songwriting talent. The venture benefits from Lindsey’s superstar songwriter talent and collaborative relationships matched with Concord’s broad resources, creative services and first-class administration.

“I am SO excited to be partnering with Concord and am SO grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the family!” Lindsey says. “I know how important it is to surround yourself with great collaborators and I have found that with the team at Concord. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in this musical journey.”

“Hillary is a trailblazer for songwriters in country music,” says Jake Wisely, Chief Publishing Executive at Concord. “Her added success in pop, rock, film, TV and business is an inspiration to songwriters everywhere. Concord is proud to be Hillary’s creative and business partner.”

Brad Kennard, Concord’s Sr. VP of A&R, will oversee day-to-day creative with his Nashville-based team, as well as colleagues in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London and Berlin.

“Hillary is a world-class talent who sets the bar for songwriters everywhere,” says Kennard. “She is universally respected and admired…quite simply one of the best anywhere. To top it off, she is also one of the best humans on the planet. We are beyond thrilled to welcome her to the Concord family!”

Lindsey has co-written more than 20 No. 1 country music hits including Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” and Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” All three of these songs were recognized as NSAI’s coveted Songs I Wish I’d Written. Lindsey is also a nominee for Songwriter of the Year at the upcoming 55th ACM Awards in September.

Lindsey wrote for Lady Gaga’s album Joanne, including the single “Million Reasons,” and penned songs for A Star Is Born, including “I’ll Never Love Again” which earned a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The trifecta of agreements was negotiated on behalf of Concord by EVP of Legal and Business Affairs, Duff Berschback, who recently joined Concord from Sony/ATV Nashville. Lindsey was represented by Derek Crownover at Loeb & Loeb in Nashville.


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