Genre-bending singer/songwriter Willie Jones has signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM) Nashville.
Jones is already gaining traction with his debut album, Right Now, which has amassed 27.5 million streams and counting on Spotify. He co-wrote the entire project including his thought-provoking single “American Dream.”
“‘American Dream’ is a powerful song with a unique sound that does what country music does best—it tells a story,” said Ben Vaughn, President & CEO of Warner Chappell Music Nashville. “It’s honest yet hopeful, and its message is an important one. All of us at Warner Chappell are excited to work alongside Willie, and we applaud the great work he’s done with the NMAAM to advocate for change.”
Jones is also represented by The Penthouse, EMPIRE, and Creative Artists Agency. The Louisiana native was recently named to Spotify’s Hot Country Artist To Watch list and hosts his own Apple Music show, The Cross Roads Radio.
“As we all watch the evolution of Willie before our eyes, it’s a huge win to have such a passionate juggernaut like Warner Chappell with Ben, Spencer [Nohe], Will [Overton], and the entire team on our side,” said Jonnie Forster, CEO of The Penthouse. “This is a vital piece of the puzzle for Willie’s growth on the national and international level especially as the genre continues to evolve.”
To coincide with the release of “American Dream,” Jones partnered with Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music for the #IHaveAnAmericanDream initiative, prompting fans to share their hopes for change in America and also performed at the museum’s virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony last month.