Nashville’s leading music industry publication MusicRow Magazine has released its 2022 Artist Roster Issue, with BBR’s Lainey Wilson gracing its cover.
Inside the issue, MusicRow takes a look at the intersection of sports and music in Nashville with help from Nashville Superspeedway’s President Erik Moses, Bridgestone Arena’s Executive VP of Entertainment and Venues David Kells, Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre, and Tennessee Titans VP/Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Gil Beverly. With the opening of Music City’s new soccer stadium GEODIS Park, the return of motorsports, and discussions of a new and improved Nissan Stadium, the city is gearing up to become one of the top sports cities in the country.
“[Nashville] is exploding. It’s quickly becoming—one could say it already is—a tier one sports town,” Moses shares with MusicRow‘s sister publication The Sports Credential.
The Artist Roster issue also highlights Nashville’s recent investments into rock music, as labels such as Big Machine and Big Loud create rock imprints and begin signing artists to their rosters. Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta and Big Loud’s Greg Thompson and Lloyd Norman lend their expertise on this phenomenon.
Girlilla Marketing’s CEO Jennie Smythe and Chief Marketing Officer Ashley Alexander share their updated social media best practices as the social media landscape continues to shift. The two speak on everything from TikTok dances to getting canceled online in an enlightening Q&A.
WHY&HOW’s CEO and Founder, Bruce Kalmick, looks back on his career as well as looks forward to the future of his newest management endeavor, which already boasts a roster of successful artists such as Breland, Whiskey Myers, Brian Kelley, Chase Rice, Seaforth, and more.
“Family was priority one for me with WHY&HOW. WHY&HOW is my kids—Wyatt and Hazel—so it’s a dual meaning,” Kalmick explains. “It’s family, faith and philanthropy, and then everything else that we’re lucky enough to be a part of in this business.”
Finally, this issue also gives a preview of MusicRow‘s newest weekly column “My Music Row Story,” which features notable members of the Nashville music industry. From esteemed managers, leaders in music publishing, label executives and everything in between, those featured in “My Music Row Story” keep the wheels rolling and the music playing.
Additionally, Artist Roster contains five company directories complete with client rosters: Label, Management, Talent Agents, Publicity, and Artist Services (Business Management/Financial/Insurance, Digital Music, Legal, Marketing, Radio Promotion, and Organizations). This edition also offers a summarizing Artist Grid, which has become an indispensable tool connecting artists to their team members in each category.