Big Loud singer-songwriter Ernest has launched his own publishing venture, Ern’s Cadillac Music, in partnership with his record label.
Named with his prized 1975 Coupe DeVille in mind, Ernest’s inaugural signings include steel guitar player and songwriter Chandler Walters and Kentucky born, artist-writer Cody Lohden. Additionally, the company is partnering with Big Loud Mountain Music and Mitchell Tenpenny‘s High Dime to sign Nashville native Rafe Tenpenny.
“I met Ern a week before my first day of fifth grade at football practice. He came up to me and said ‘I bet I can pick you up’ then decided to show me. We have been best friends ever since,” Rafe recalls. “I respect him not only as a friend, but as one of the best writers in the game right now, so for him to show faith in signing me means the world. I’ve learned plenty from Ern, but the biggest thing is to be true to yourself. When you listen to Ern’s music, or see him on social media, podcasts, TV, etc., that’s what he’s like in real life.”
“Ern and I met on TikTok,” Walters shares. “He hit me up asking where I lived and if I could join his band. Over the past year we’ve traveled all over the country together and I have gotten to know him as a brother. Ern picking me to be in Cadillac Music is super humbling. He is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Nashville and him seeing something in me means more than anything.”
Lohden adds, “[This is] crazy. Not too long ago I was riding on a firetruck and an ambulance, and now I’m getting to write songs. Ern is the GOAT. He’s a good dude. And it’s cool to know that someone like him who’s been in the business believes in me. It’s very cool to have him on my side and I’m very grateful!”
Along with his new publishing venture, the new year looks to be Ernest’s biggest year yet with the release of Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses on Feb. 10–the deluxe edition of his 2022 album Flower Shops (The Album).