MusicRow has released its 2023 edition of its flagship print directory, InCharge. Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter HARDY graces its cover.
Big Loud Records’ heavy-hitter HARDY has never been just one thing. Uncaging a new chapter, HARDY soared to new heights with the release of the mockingbird & THE CROW, the critically acclaimed half-country, half-rock sophomore album, adding to over two billion career streams. The dichotomous, 17-track effort debuted top five all genre on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and kinged seven additional Billboard charts in its first week, including Top Country Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Top Album Sales. The pride of Philadelphia, Mississippi has earned his reputation as “a promising purveyor of keeping the spirit of classic heavy Southern rock alive” (American Songwriter), “capable of writing the big hits for radio, obstinate enough to do something completely unexpected, and savvy enough to find the throughline for it all” (Rolling Stone).
A three-time CMA Triple Play award recipient, HARDY is the reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year, the 2022 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, and a two-time AIMP Songwriter of the Year. HARDY has written 12 No. 1 singles since 2018, including his own double Platinum No. 1 single “ONE BEER” feat. Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, and chart-topping, Platinum Dierks Bentley and BRELAND collaboration, “Beers On Me.” He’s previously toured with Thomas Rhett, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, and more, and is headlining his sold-out “the mockingbird & THE CROW Tour” nationwide now.
The annual InCharge guide highlights some of the most influential music industry executives in the Nashville entertainment community. This year’s edition includes 376 profiles which are accompanied by contact information, career biographies, and detailed board and organizational membership affiliations.
The guide also includes a company appendix, record label staff appendix, and a professional categories appendix, which lists executives by their areas of expertise, including label, talent agency, management, music publishing, legal, finance, performing rights organizations, and more.
“The Nashville music industry is a tight-knit community in which those who wear the hat are highly valued. With decades of experience and expertise, these ‘hat wearers’ have played an integral role in creating and sustaining the city’s musical legacy. They understand what it takes to make great music—from songwriting to recording and from producing to marketing—and they’ve worked tirelessly to bring Nashville’s unique sound to the world,” says MusicRow Owner/Publisher, Sherod Robertson. “These pages are filled with our champions and they have deservedly earned the title of InCharge.”
In this issue of InCharge, MusicRow also takes a look at Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what it means for the music industry, highlighting both the opportunities and the dangers of AI.
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