Breakout star Zach Bryan has signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.
“Zach has already had a record-breaking start to his career and there’s so much more to come,” says Warner Chappell Music President, North America Ryan Press. “He isn’t afraid to do things differently, and it’s been incredible to see him become such a positive force in the industry and reshape how singer/songwriters release music. This is a huge moment, and we’re very proud to be on this journey together as he continues to carve out his own path.”
“Zach is a truly generational songwriter and that was obvious from the first time I heard his music,” adds Warner Chappell Music Head of A&R, Australia & Vice President, Creative David Goldsen. “Those songs then, along with countless more since, resonate with everyone who hears them. He’s a natural storyteller with an innate ability to write songs that are unapologetically raw and vulnerable. In a short amount of time, he’s captivated fans of all music, and we’re beyond lucky and thrilled to work with him.”
An Oklahoma native and Navy veteran, Bryan rose to prominence in 2019 when a video of him singing his soulful song “Heading South” went viral. The Platinum track has since amassed more than 19 million views. Later that year, Bryan released his debut album DeAnn, followed by his second album, Elisabeth in 2020. He signed with Warner Records in 2021, and released his major label debut, American Heartbreak, in May of 2022, and embarked on a massive U.S. tour.
Following his record-breaking debut, Bryan released the EP Summertime Blues, which debuted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. He closed out 2022 by dropping a surprise 24-track live album, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster on Christmas Day, which was recorded just seven weeks earlier at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and topped the Apple Music Country chart. He also appeared on the fifth season of Kevin Costner’s blockbuster Yellowstone series.
Crowned Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2022, Bryan’s multi-Platinum smash “Something in the Orange” is the first song penned by a single writer since Taylor Swift’s “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and is his first track to reach the top 10 on the Hot 100. He also recently broke the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Songwriters chart.
“I’d like to personally thank David and the team over at Warner Chappell,” says Bryan. “I was just a confused kid in the Navy four years ago and they were the first people I talked to in the industry, literally. They never pushed a four-man writing team on me, they never asked me to do anything I didn’t want to do, they just believed in me. I owe them more than just support, I owe them back the faith they had in me as a barely 23-year-old Oklahoma kid walking around New York like a sore thumb.”
Bryan will be kicking off his “Burn Burn Burn Tour” in May. He recently teamed up with Maggie Rogers on the single “Dawns,” and is currently working on his next album, Writers and Fighters.
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