Songwriter Melissa Peirce has signed to a partnership deal with Sheltered Music Publishing and industry veteran Pat Higdon’s Patrick Joseph Music.
Peirce’s songs have been recorded by Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Lady A, Eli Young Band, David Nail and John Paul White (The Civil Wars), among others. Collectively her songs have sold over 12 million units, garnered over 120 million streams, and produced 3 Top 10 hits. Peirce wrote Tyler Farr’s No. 1 hit single, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” that was named one of NSAI’s “10 Songs I Wish I’d Written,” and also earned BMI, CMA, and NSAI Awards.
“I am so excited to be a part of Sheltered Music”, says Peirce. “I feel blessed to be part of a publishing company with a legend like Lance Freed at the helm, and the opportunity to work with Darrell Franklin again after many years. Darrell and Dann Huff gave me one of my first publishing deals as a developing writer and I saw many of my first successes with them. It feels like a full circle moment to be a part of this venture, having a 20-year friendship and working relationship with Darrell, and to be part of such a talented group of staff and writers. I am equally as excited to continue my ten-year partnership with publishing legend Pat Higdon. We have celebrated many successes together and I am looking forward to continuing that run with Lance, Darrell, Jenny [Hall] and Dann.”
“Melissa Peirce is a gifted and talented songwriter,” says Higdon. She brings great ideas and a ray of sunshine into every write. I’m so excited to continue working with her in partnership with a wonderful Sheltered Music team.”
Sheltered Music Publishing, SVP Franklin adds “Melissa was the first writer I signed back in the early 2000’s and she was the first writer I spoke to about the new company. Her work ethic, passion, and respect for her art has always stood out to me. She brings everything to the table every time she enters a writer room. I feel honored to be able to work with her again in this new partnership with Pat Higdon.”
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