Milk & Honey Music + Sports (M&H) has appointed Nashville-based industry veteran Jeff Skaggs as its new Head of Milk & Honey South.
Skaggs is charged with signing talent and working closely with Milk & Honey’s songwriter and producer roster as well as the company’s other offices like Los Angeles and London. He reports to the company’s CEO & Founder, Lucas Keller, GM and M&H Partner Nic Warner and M&H’s Partner and multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning songwriter and producer David Hodges. Skaggs will also be focused on running Top 5 Music publishing, a joint-venture between M&H and Hodges.
Since M&H’s inception, its clients have had hits with Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerina, Lady A, Maren Morris, Morgan Wallen, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more. Today nearly 100 songwriter, producer and artist clients call Milk & Honey home.
“Jeff Skaggs is a longtime friend of ours, and friend of Nashville—we look forward to having him at the helm of Milk & Honey South as we manage and publish great writers and producers, and continue building a great office in pop and country music,” says Keller.
Skaggs comes to M&H after working as VP of Creative at Creative Nation, where he oversaw the company’s creative team, managing and developing the songwriting careers of proven hitmakers, producers and artists such as Luke Laird, Barry Dean, Lori McKenna, Tyler Johnson and more.
Prior to Creative Nation, Skaggs was instrumental in starting and building the Kobalt Nashville office alongside Whitney Daane, who he had worked with at her independent publishing company, Mighty Isis Music. His other career stops include time at DreamWorks Records and UMG. Skaggs is also a graduation of Middle Tennessee State University’s Music Business program.
“Jeff was one of my first relationships in music while he was at Kobalt working closely with David Hodges, it was such a valuable/educational relationship for me in the early years of my career. So the opportunity to work closely again and at this capacity is something I’m very excited about. Looking forward to the years ahead and feel very fortunate to have him here with us all at M&H,” shares Warner.
Hodges adds, “Jeff was one of the first publishers I knew in Nashville, and I was blown away by his understanding of where the industry was and where it was going. As a true song man, I could always trust his ears and his ability to find and cultivate talent. I couldn’t be happier to be working with him again in this new chapter of Milk & Honey Nashville.”
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