Verge Records and parent company ONErpm have formed a new venture with indie artist development company 16camino. The partnership will provide country radio support exclusively for all Verge and select ONErpm artists.
The new partnership pairs Verge President/COO Mickey Jack Cones, ONErpm Founder/CEO Emmanuel Zunz and their staffs with 16camino co-founders and industry veterans John Ettinger and Ryan Barnstead.
The combined team will roll out songs from various Verge acts this year, including new music from Trace Adkins and newcomers Jay Allen and Scott Stevens.
Ettinger and Barnstead have both notched more than 30 No. 1 singles. Ettinger helped Bon Jovi secure a No. 1 on the country charts with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” guided three of Shania Twain’s albums to No. 1, and was instrumental in launching Sugarland, Billy Currington and Love & Theft, among others.
Barnstead has worked with numerous artists ranging from Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson, where he earned the fastest-rising debut single for Wilson in chart history, to rock icons John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen.
“John and I have worked together for almost two decades. Having him and Ryan aboard to activate our all-in push with country radio is the perfect partnership,” shares Cones. “They work smart and effectively, always bringing the positive energy, are highly respected in the business and deliver results—all attributes we strive for at Verge and ONErpm.”
“I immediately contacted Mickey Jack when he and Emmanuel relaunched Verge,” adds Ettinger. “I saw they were after quality before anything else, quality music and quality relationships. We’re so happy and proud to join in that effort.”
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