Hang Your Hat Music, a creative joint venture with Concord Music Publishing founded by two-time ACM Songwriter of the Year Hillary Lindsey, has signed Cary Barlowe to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement includes Barlowe’s future works.
Originally from North Carolina, Barlowe started his music career as a member of the Rick Rubin-produced rock band, Luna Halo. He has written nine No. 1 songs in the contemporary Christian music format—three of which earned him Grammy nominations for Contemporary/Gospel Song Of The Year.
His first dip into country music came with Taylor Swift’s “Untouchable” from her 2008 multi-Platinum album Fearless. He has since scored five No. 1 songs on country radio, including Lady A’s “American Honey,” Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze,” Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” and “Famous Friends” recorded by Chris Young and Kane Brown. Barlowe has also had cuts with Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Chris Lane, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Martina McBride, Steven Tyler, Jimmie Allen, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and more.
He has also seen success as a session musician with credits on hits for Carrie Underwood, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, and Chris Young.
“Cary’s multi-faceted talents make him a publisher’s dream,” says Jake Gear, GM at Hang Your Hat Music. “He’s a musical ‘swiss army knife.’ His ability to topline hits across multiple genres, produce demos and tracks, be a session grade multi-instrumentalist, all in addition to his energy and personality make him an asset to any writing room. I couldn’t be more stoked to get to work with him!”
“We are incredibly fired up to welcome Cary to the Concord and Hang Your Hat team!” adds Brad Kennard, Sr. VP A&R at Concord Music Publishing in Nashville. “Cary’s a hit songwriter with the unique ability to bring top-level writing, production, and musicianship to any session. A true triple threat. On top of that, he brings the best passion and energy wherever he goes. He’s just universally loved.”
“I’m so excited and thankful for the next chapter in my musical journey,” Barlowe shares. “To have Hillary and Jake on my side, I know I am in good hands! Also, to have the amazing staff at Concord behind me is huge. Can’t wait to get to work and for what’s ahead of us together as a team.”
Barlowe is Hang Your Hat Music’s fourth signing since its 2020 debut. Ben Chapman, Chris La Corte, and Meg McRee compose the rest of the venture’s roster.
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