Jaren Johnston Extends Deal With Sony/ATV (Exclusive)

Jaren Johnston

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has extended its global co-publishing agreement with songwriter/producer Jaren Johnston.

Johnston, a Nashville native, has penned No. 1 singles including “You Gonna Fly” and “Raise ‘Em Up” for Keith Urban, “Beachin'” for Jake Owen, “Don’t It” for Billy Currington, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and “Southern Girl” for Tim McGraw, Drake White’s “Livin’ The Dream,” and Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “It All Started with a Beer.”

Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston stated, “If you look up the word ‘cool’ in the dictionary, you find a picture of Jaren Johnston. He may look like an American Rockstar, but his songs bleed with the heart of a Nashville craftsman poet. Our entire team is thrilled to continue championing his songs and future success.”

“This next year will be an interesting one. Despite the challenges our industry is facing with the ongoing pandemic, I am feeling creative, inspired and ready to get to work,” Johnston says. “With the help of Rusty, Dane [Schmidt], and the entire Sony/ATV team, I’m confident this next chapter of my writing career is going to be a big one.”

In addition to his work as the primary writer and lead vocalist for his band The Cadillac Three, which has resulted in songs such as “Crackin’ Cold Ones with the Boys” and “The South,” featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli, Johnston has been working on new writing projects with Urban, Florida Georgia Line, McGraw, Lee Brice, and Owen. As a producer, he has recently worked on projects for Steven Tyler, Dierks Bentley, Hannah Dasher, Kelleigh Bannen, and more.

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