Matt Chase and Chris Rogers of the country duo Southerland have signed a worldwide publishing deal with Reservoir.
The deal includes rights to the duo’s entire catalog, including their new single/major label debut “Thing Is,” out now via River House Artists/Sony Music Nashville, plus future works.
Nashville-based Chase and Rogers originally met in 2016, after being paired through friends for a writing session, and spent the next few years playing college towns and dive bars before officially forming as Southerland in 2019. They have shared stages with Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Montgomery Gentry, Darius Rucker, Morgan Wallen, and more.
Now signed with River House Artists/Sony Music Nashville, Southerland are releasing their debut single “Thing Is,” which was co-written by Chase, Rogers and their frequent collaborator Greg Bates, and was produced by Trent Willmon. The duo is currently in the studio and plan to release more music later this year.
“Southerland is a breath of fresh air for country music,” said Reservoir EVP of Creative, John Ozier. “Honest, lyrical integrity coupled with their country roots and harmonies remind me of ‘90s country—when country music was really gold. I think country fans from all generations are going to love them. There is a little Brooks & Dunn, a little Luke Combs, and a lot of hits in their future and we’re proud to be their publisher.”
“We are so happy to join this amazing company! Not only because they are visionaries in their field, but they are true ‘song people’ who allow us to create the music that we want and guide us to not only better ourselves as songwriters, but as storytellers,” said Southerland. “We are so excited for the future with Reservoir on our team!”
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