Tyler Childers Signs With Warner Chappell Music

Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers has signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Nashville.

Childers first broke onto the scene in 2017 with Purgatory, which was co-produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson. The album earned Childers the title of Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards and was named one of the Top 50 Albums of 2017 by NPR. He followed that up in 2019 with the critically-acclaimed Country Squire, which landed him a 2020 Grammy nod for Best Country Solo for “All Your’n.”

Last year the Kentucky native released his surprise album, Long Violent History, whose title track addresses systemic racism by speaking directly to white rural voters. All proceeds from the album go to the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which Childers and his wife established to raise awareness and money for philanthropic efforts in the Appalachian Region.

“Nashville is home to world-class songwriters and Tyler is undoubtedly one of the best,” said Ben Vaughn, President & CEO, Warner Chappell Music Nashville. “His poignant words do what great music can do—move us, invite self-reflection, and spark conversations. Long Violent History is a testament to the power of his music and I’m thrilled to have him join the Warner Chappell family.”

Marathon Talent Agency Signs Presley & Taylor

Peter Strickland with Presley & Taylor.

Marathon Talent Agency, the artist management and development company helmed by CEO Peter Strickland, has signed breakout sister duo Presley & Taylor.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Presley & Taylor to the Marathon Talent family,” said Strickland. “Their amazing harmonies and ability to pick and write relevant songs have established a solid foundation for their careers. I look forward to furthering those successes in the years to come.”

Presley & Taylor are the flagship artists signed to James Stroud’s new White Mustang Records, which is distributed by CMG via The Orchard. Stroud is also producing the duo, whose “Everybody Sees It” single has already surpassed 500,000 streams.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Peter join our team to help guide us through this next chapter of our career,” said Presley & Taylor in a joint statement. “We could not have asked for a better person to help us achieve all of our goals, and we are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us.”

Strickland was previously Chief Marketing Officer for Warner Music Nashville. He has directed successful campaigns for Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Faith Hill, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, and the label’s comedy imprint.

Sony Music Nashville Signs Country-Latin Duo Kat & Alex

Pictured (L-R, top row): Sony Music Nashville’s COO/EVP Ken Robold, SVP A&R Taylor Lindsey, SVP Marketing Jennifer Way, SVP Sales & Streaming Caryl Atwood and Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman; (L-R, middle row): The AMG’s Rob Beckham, Kat & Alex and The AMG’s Steve Bryan; (L-R, bottom row): Sony Music Nashville’s VP National Promotion Lauren Thomas, EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges, EVP A&R Jim Catino, VP Creative Services Tracy Fleaner and SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill.

Sony Music Nashville has signed country-Latin duo Kat & Alex.

The newly-married duo, made up of Kat and Alex Georgia, signed with The AMG for management and Warner Chappell Nashville for publishing, late last year.

“Joining the Sony Music Nashville family is truly a dream come true for us,” Kat and Alex comment. “From our very first meeting, this team has shown so much passion and excitement for our music, and we just know that we are going to accomplish amazing things together! We are so excited to get back in the studio and start working on new music!”

Kat & Alex

Alex, a first-generation American raised in a Puerto Rican family, grew up in Northwestern Georgia until his family moved to Miami when he was 11 years old. Growing up he used his dad’s old acoustic guitar to make friends and find confidence as a musician. In high school, inspired by artists ranging from Fleetwood Mac and Norah Jones to Garth Brooks, he learned piano.

Meanwhile, Kat grew up in Miami as a first-generation American in a Cuban family. She competed on the 2018 season of La Voz, the Spanish-American version of the popular NBC series The Voice. Kat & Alex made their national television debut on Season 18 of American Idol.

Kat & Alex released English and Spanish versions of their debut track, “How Many Times,” in October, and the music video in November.

Health Officials Cancel Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals

Stagecoach 2019

Coachella and Stagecoach have been canceled, according to an order from the health department of California’s Riverside County, where the annual festivals are held every year. The cancellation, announced today (Jan. 29), is a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Both produced by Goldenvoice, Coachella was planned for April 9-11 and 16-18, while Stagecoach was slated for April 23-25. Both festivals were also canceled in 2020, after being postponed from April until October.

According to Friday’s order, “both the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival are music concerts and gatherings of an international scope, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees from many countries,” which could increase the risk of spreading the virus. Read the order in full here.

New dates have not yet been announced.

MusicRow has reached out to Goldenvoice for comment.

Morgan Wallen Dominates On ‘MusicRow’ CountryBreakout Radio Chart

Championing sales and streaming charts, Morgan Wallen continues the reign this week on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart with his single “7 Summers.” The single appears on his sophomore effort Dangerous: The Double Album, which broke the record for largest streaming week for a country album among other streaming records.

“7 Summers” was written by Wallen, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally, also landing Wallen the top spot on the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart.

Wallen’s chart success marks 84 No. 1 singles for secondary radio promotion team, Jerry Duncan Promotions. “7 Summers” adds to their extensive list of No. 1’s, including career breakthrough hits for Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, and Billy Ray Cyrus among others.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews: Parker McCollum, Lauren Weintraub, Jimmie Allen, Brad Paisley, More

The theme for this edition of DisClaimer is evidently breakups.

The busted hearts belong to Seaforth and Lauren Weintraub, the latter of whom wins the DisCovery Award. On the other hand, Filmore and Hunter Hayes are positively rejoicing in the freedom that they’ve found, post-breakup.

Poor Parker McCollum can’t even get his relationship off the ground, but he sure sounds great trying. Jake Hoot & Kelly Clarkson are just plain pissed-off about the whole thing, and they sound great, too.

But the Disc of the Day prize goes to Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley, who have nothing whatsoever to do with heartbreak. For that matter, neither does the duo Bexar, who is the runner-up.

BEXAR / “One Day”
Writers: Chris Ryan/Logan Turner/Ross Copperman/Josh Osborne; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Ross Copperman; Label: Warner Music Nashville
– This duo continues to impress. Named for Bexar County, Texas, these two combine hooky melodic sensibilities with acoustic textures and rhythm-happy production. If this doesn’t get your toes tapping and your head singing “Hey” along with the gang, you must be deaf. Absolutely essential. And joyous, too.

JIMMIE ALLEN & BRAD PAISLEY / “Freedom Was a Highway”
Writers: Ash Bowers, Jimmie Allen, Matt Rogers; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Ash Bowers, Jimmie Allen; Label: Stoney Creek Records
– Rocking nostalgia for the days when we were all 17 years old and carefree. Both men sing with passion, and guess-who takes off a stinging guitar solo?

LAUREN WEINTRAUB / “She’s Mine”
Writers: Lauren Weintraub/Daniel Ross; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Daniel Ross; Label: Big Machine Music
– This gifted former Belmont student and NPR/Grammy U/NSAI talent contest standout has amassed more than a million views on TikTok with this debut single. It’s a tuneful swirl of jealousy, heartache and obsession. She can’t stop thinking about the girl who stole him away: “I guess we all got reasons why we can’t sleep at night—and she’s mine.” A star is born.

JAKE HOOT & KELLY CLARKSON / “I Would’ve Loved You”
Writers: Jake Hoot/Dean Sams/Jamie Floyd; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Danny Myrick; Label: MLH Records
The Voice winner teams up with his coach Clarkson on a dynamic, romantic power ballad. Both are mighty singers, and they hold nothing back as they tear this one up. Hang on for the “false” ending, after which they unleash two more blasts of fiery vocal emoting.

FILMORE / “Nothing’s Better”
Writers: Tyler Filmore/John Luke Carter/Michael Whitworth; Publishers: none listed; Producer: John-Luke Carter/Zach Abend; Label: Curb
– Here’s a switch. Instead of wallowing in heartache following a breakup, this tune is a celebration of getting rid of her. It’s kinda hip-hoppy and tuneless, but it has enormous goofy charm. I remain a fan.

RODNEY ATKINS / “A Little Good News”
Writers: Charlie Black/Rory Bourke/Tommy Rocco; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Brandon Hood; Label: Curb
– This 1983 Anne Murray oldie sounds relevant all over again in these troubled times, and Atkins’ reading of the song is super effective. The production is restrained, giving the lyric extra room to touch you. Applause for a job well done.

CLARE DUNN / “Real Thing”
Writers: Jenn DeCilveo/Clare Dunn; Publishers: Big Yellow Dog Music, Kobalt Music Publishing; Producer: Clare Dunn; Label: Big Yellow Dog
– She’s such a gripping singer, and perhaps never more so than when she’s dipping into her lowest alto range in the verses of this steamy shout of True Love.

PARKER McCOLLUM / “To Be Loved By You”
Writers: Parker McCollum/Rhett Akins; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane/Parkermac/Ritten by Rhettro, BMI; Producer: Jon Randall Stewart; Label: MCA Nashville
– I love the heart-in-throat country-boy sincerity in this vocal performance. He’s tormented by his failing attempts to get her to love him. There’s ache in every note while the band kicks up dust all around him. Highly listenable.

HUNTER HAYES / “The One That Got Away”
Writers: Hunter Hayes/Sam Ellis/Sara Haze; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Hunter Hayes/Andrew Wells; Label: LP Entertainment
– This is a pop-oriented, forward-momentum sound, with a vibe like wind rushing through a car’s open window. Hayes sings of freedom and escape as he leaves a bad relationship. It’s attractive, in an ‘80s kinda way, but I don’t think there’s much that is “country” about it.

CATHERINE BRITT / “Me”
Writers: Catherine Britt/Katrina Burgoyne; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Catherine Britt/Michael Muchow; Label: Beverly Hillbilly
– Dull production, dull performance, dull sentiment. Go find a song.

SEAFORTH / “Breakups”
Writers: Tom Jordan/Mitch Thompson/Liz Rose/Cameron Bedell; Publishers: Warner Chappell Music; Producer: Tom Jordan; Label: RCA
– A plaintive sob from a heart crushed by a bad goodbye. The vocals have a sweet/sad quality that evokes a lonely guy, drinking too much, hurting a lot and thinking about her with deep regret. It’s a little word-y, but the feelings are authentic. I’m in.

DANIELLE BRADBERY & KURT / “Yo Nunca He (Never Have I Ever)”
Writers: Danielle Bradbery/Laura Veltz/David Hall Hodges/KURT/Mauricio Rengifo; Publishers: none listed; Producer: Dann Huff/Enrique López Lezama; Label: Big Machine Records
– Although she does not speak fluent Spanish, Bradbery comes from Mexican roots. She taps into that via this duet with romantic, breathy Latin star Kurt. It is sung entirely in Spanish, except for interjections of the English song title. The whole thing goes down smoothly.

Morris Higham Management Signs Kris Kristofferson Estate

Kris Kristofferson, Photo by Marina Chavez

Morris Higham Management (MHM) has signed the estate of Kris Kristofferson for management representation.

The legendary songwriter and actor officially retired in 2020, leaving his son John Kristofferson to lead the family’s businesses. Longtime Kristofferson friend and colleague Tamara Saviano remains as public relations director. They will work alongside MHM to spearhead special projects going forward, and will continue to manage the Kristofferson indie record label KK Records.

“Kristofferson is the artist that every artist strives to be,” says MHM President and Partner Clint Higham. “He is an artist’s artist. If Mount Rushmore had a place for songwriters, Kris would be on it.”

“It’s been amazing to dig in to my dad’s catalog and history with this seasoned group of professionals. MHM and Tamara are experts on everything from old Nashville to the up and comers, and I can’t imagine a better partnership to bring the full depth of his songwriting to a new generation. The name has always been synonymous with songwriting as an art, and we’re excited to reintroduce his work to new and old fans alike,” John Kristofferson says. “We have many exciting projects in the works and I look forward to getting them out into the world.”

Kristofferson has achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter since the 1970s, including writing the classics “Me And Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “For The Good Times.”

His renown as a songwriter and performer led to a flourishing career in film, including winning a Golden Globe in 1977 for Best Actor in A Star Is Born.

Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the BMI Icon Award and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kristofferson will celebrate his 85th birthday on June 22, 2021 with several special projects.

The estate joins MHM clients Kenny Chesney, Johnny Dailey, Brantley Gilbert, Ryan Griffin, Joey Hendricks, Brandon Lay, Barbara Mandrell, Louise Mandrell, the Roger Miller estate, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Chase Wright, and Walker County.

Priscilla Block Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Warner Chappell Music

Pictured (L-R): Ben Vaughn (WCM), Priscilla Block, Ryan Beuschel (WCM)

Breakout singer-songwriter Priscilla Block has inked a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Nashville.

Block first gained recognition last year on TikTok thanks to her catchy original songs like the humorous “PMS” and the body-positivity anthem “Thick Thighs.” Her “Just About Over You” reached the top spot on the iTunes all-genre song chart within 12 hours of release, and is currently climbing country radio’s Top 40.

In September, Block signed to UMG’s Mercury Nashville, and has since been named a 2021 Artist to Watch by Pandora and Sounds Like Nashville, a Billboard All-Genre Chartbreaker, part of CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021, and landed a spot on MusicRow’s coveted Next Big Thing Artists list.

Ben Vaughn, President/CEO, Warner Chappell Music Nashville said, “What struck me and Ryan [Beuschel, VP, A&R] when we met Priscilla was her perseverance and her unapologetic and honest take on songwriting. She’s an original artist with a point of view and a legion of loyal fans already behind her. Watch out world.”

Block added, “Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of making it to Music Row. I feel so fortunate that today, that dream becomes my reality. In 2020 my life was flipped upside down in the best ways possible, and I am incredibly blessed to bring on 2021 with the support of Warner Chappell. One of my biggest passions is songwriting, and my goal as a songwriter is to write songs that hit people in different ways. I only do that by keeping it real, whether it is writing about some dude that broke my heart, or every diet I have failed. I am beyond thankful for Ben, Ryan, and the Warner Chappell family for bringing that little girl that dreamed of making it as a songwriter one day to Music Row!”

Thomas Rhett Reigns On ‘MusicRow’ CountryBreakout Radio Chart

“What’s Your Country Song” by Thomas Rhett remains at No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart gaining 51 spins this week. Rhett penned the single with Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Parker Welling.

At the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards Rhett tied with Carrie Underwood for the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. He also took home a win for Video of the Year for “Remember You Young.”

Rhett is set to headline “Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17 during CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience.

Most recently, Rhett debuted his new tequila brand, Dos Primos, in collaboration with his cousin Jeff Worn and Third-generation Master Distiller Rodolfo González.

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JUST IN: Lady A Invited To Become Members of Grand Ole Opry

Charles, Hillary & Dave (Lady A) respond to their Opry Membership invitation by Opry Member Darius Rucker. Photo: Courtesy Schmidt Relations

Lady A has been invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. The award-winning group was surprised during a performance taping for the upcoming two-hour NBC special, Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music, airing Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Opry member Darius Rucker extended the invitation to Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood on the Opry stage today (Jan. 21) and announced their membership is effective immediately. The invitation and the group’s first performance as an Opry member will be shared with fans and viewers during the television special. Lady A made their Opry debut on Nov. 2, 2007.

“This is the best surprise we could ever ask for,” Hillary Scott said. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl so to say we are honored is an understatement. We are so truly grateful to officially be a part of this amazing family.”

“What can you say about three friends of yours who together have become one of the biggest groups in country music history? Well, how about this? This trio are multi-Platinum superstars, seven-time Grammy Award winners and seven-time CMA Award winners too. And I feel so honored to stand here in the Opry House and hope they accept the invitation I am thrilled to be offering them tonight. So, what do you say, Lady A? Would you like to become members of the Opry?” said Rucker when introducing the group.