Grammy award-winning engineer and producer Noah Gordon has launched 8 Track Entertainment, a multi-faceted publishing, production and live touring events company. The new venture will also unveil details about a new country label in the coming weeks.
Led by Gordon, initial hirings include Jeff Goodwin as Vice President/Marketing and Partnerships; Bill Harbin as Vice President/Corporate Partnerships; and Claire Cook-Taylor as Vice President/Public Relations/Media.
“It’s truly an exciting time to be in Entertainment… feels like the Wild West! 8 Track isn’t traditional… we’re bringing decades of experience in Corporate Relationships & Partnerships and marrying that to a completely independent music, media, marketing, touring and content driven company,” shares Gordon, President of 8 Track Entertainment. “8 Track is rooted in the nostalgia of Muscle Shoals, but we know how to do business in 2022.”
The recently launched publishing division, 8 Track Publishing, has already celebrated the company’s first No. 1 Billboard Hot Country Song with Aaron Lewis‘ “Am I The Only One,” co-written by 8 Track songwriter, Ira Dean. Dean also penned five songs and co-produced Lewis’ No. 1 album Frayed at Both Ends, which topped iTunes Country Album chart in January 2022.
A 30-year music industry veteran, Gordon’s production credits include songs by Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Brad Paisley, Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Jacob Bryant and more. Additionally, Gordon produced Colt Ford’s No. 1 Billboard Country and Indie album, Declaration of Independence, and Ford’s No.1 Billboard Rap and Indie album, Thanks For Listening. An ASCAP award-winning songwriter, Gordon has over 50 cuts by artists such as Charlie Daniels, John Michael Montgomery, Randy Travis, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols and Clay Walker. Gordon most recently served as VP, A&R/Publishing at Average Joes Entertainment.
A marketing industry executive with 40 years experience in corporate partnerships, Goodwin has developed marketing plans for companies including Kimberly Clark, Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific, Winfield, Land O’ Lakes, Jive Communications and others. He was formerly head of A&R for Airborne Records.
Harbin has worked in corporate America as VP of National Accounts/Sales for 22 years. He created and developed corporate partnerships of multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Syngenta, Georgia Pacific, Winfield, Land O’ Lakes, Budweiser, Kleenex and others. Harbin previously served as the CEO and Co-Founder of Prestige Sports Media & Entertainment.
Previously Head of Public Publicity at Average Joes Entertainment, Cook-Taylor began her career at Capitol/EMI Records in LA. Previous career stops include Los Angeles-based Windsor Publications; Magnatone Records Nashville; VP, Publicity at Kenny Rogers’ Dreamcatcher Entertainment; Moraine Music Group; and her own Cook Media as Independent Management and Publicity.
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