BBR Music Group Launches Wheelhouse Imprint, Signs Adkins and Smith

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BBR Music Group has added a fourth imprint with the launch of Wheelhouse Records, anchored by the imprint’s first artist signings, Trace Adkins and Granger Smith. Wheelhouse Records’ first single to be promoted to radio is Smith’s “Backroad Song,” while Adkins will debut new music in the Fall.

Teddi Bonadies

Teddi Bonadies

“When the BBR Music Group makes a commitment to an artist, we intend to do our very best to help them live out their dreams. In order for us to do that, we have to add the support it’s going to take to gain the most airplay for each single. We’ve found that if we have more than four or five artists on one label then someone isn’t going to get the fair shot they need. That’s why we started Stoney Creek in 2009, then Red Bow in 2012, and now Wheelhouse Records. We want to do everything we possibly can for each artist – because we don’t give up easy,” said Benny Brown, owner & CEO of BBR Music Group.

“Benny Brown and I have always shared a vision of providing the artists on our roster with the individualized attention and strategic support they each deserve. Recently, we’ve been fortunate to work with some extraordinary new talent. The formation of Wheelhouse Records – and its additional promotion staff – became a necessity so that we may uphold the vision that has made the BBR Music Group both a haven for artist development and for the continued growth of superstar acts,” said Jon Loba, Executive Vice President of BBR Music Group.

Teddi Bonadies will lead the imprint as VP of Promotion for Wheelhouse Records, and will report to BBR Music Group’s Sr. VP of Promotion Carson James. Bonadies can be reached at 615-496-6352 and [email protected].

Additional staffers include:

Jennifer Shaffer, Director of Midwest/ Southwest Promotion
Shaffer reunites with Bonadies with whom she previously worked with at Streamsound, Rodeowave and also Columbia Records. A graduate of James Madison University, Shaffer’s career includes stops at Atlantic, Warner Bros Nashville, MCA Nashville, Lyric Street, Columbia, WAR Nashville, Rodeowave, Sidewalk and Streamsound Records.
Shaffer can be reached at: 904-386-5050 and [email protected]

Brittany Pellegrino, Director of Northeast Promotion
Most recently an Assistant Editor at All Access Music Group, Pellegrino began her music industry career at the age of 18 as an intern for WDTW/ Detroit. Pellegrino’s vast industry experience since then includes internships with Big Machine Label Group, Warner Music Nashville and the Nashville Predators as well as working in Promotions for WKDF/ Nashville and as the Director of Northeast Promotion for Cold River Records.
Pellegrino can be reached at: 248-420-1125 and [email protected]

Kimmie Trosdahl, Director of Southeast Promotion
Trosdahl has served as the Promotion Coordinator for Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records since October 2014. Trosdahl previously spent six years in the promotion department at Bigger Picture Group working to enhance the careers of Zac Brown Band, Craig Campbell (now signed to Red Bow Records) and more.
Trosdahl can be reached at: 615-598-0175 and [email protected]

Bill Snickers, Director of West Coast Promotion
Most recently the Promotion Coordinator for Red Bow Records, Snickers’ experience includes working in sales for Sprint, a Fortune 500 company, for over five years. He simultaneously got his start in the music business by representing local artists in booking and management while in his native Seattle. Combining his true passion for music with a strong foundation in corporate sales, Snickers relocated to Nashville in late 2013 to pursue a career in the music business.
Snickers can be reached at: 206-261-0588 and [email protected]

Nicole Nehrbas, Promotion Coordinator, RED BOW & Wheelhouse Records
After serving two years as Publishing Administrator for Tucson’s Funzalo Records, Nehrbas took the plunge and moved cross-country to Nashville. Upon arriving in Music City, Nehrbas worked as a tour guide/ guest services rep at the Country Music Hall of Fame. She most recently served as the Promotion Coordinator at Streamsound Records, Nehrbas will serve as the Promotion Coordinator for both Wheelhouse Records and also Red Bow Records.
Reach Nehrbas at: 480-329-0718 and [email protected]

Weekly Chart Report (8/28/15)

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No. 1 Party: Darius Rucker Chart-Topper Gets A “Homegrown” Celebration

Pictured (L-R, front row): Homegrown Honey co-writers Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Nathan Chapman; (back row): Warner Chappell's BJ Hill, ASCAP's Mike Sistad, UMG's Mike Dungan, BMI's Jody Williams, UMPG's Ron Stuve and producer Frank Rogers. Photo: Ed Rode

Pictured (L-R, front row): “Homegrown Honey” co-writers Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Nathan Chapman; (back row): Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, UMG’s Mike Dungan, BMI’s Jody Williams, UMPG’s Ron Stuve and producer Frank Rogers. Photo: Ed Rode

The William Collier’s Room at Marathon Music Works in Nashville served as the location to celebrate the recent No. 1 song “Homegrown Honey” by Darius Rucker. Co-hosted by ASCAP and BMI, the event recognized Rucker as an artist and co-writer on the song along with Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman. The song was Rucker’s seventh No. 1, Kelley’s 11th No. 1 and Chapman’s first No. 1 tune as a songwriter.

Mike Sistad of ASCAP praised Rucker and thanked him for being an ASCAP member for 21 years. Producer Frank Rogers was also credited for adding to his throng of hit productions.

Jody Williams of BMI spoke about Chapman as a distinguished and accomplished record producer, artist and now, a chart-topping songwriter.

Universal Music Group Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan made sure the Universal Team was recognized, including the product management, A&R, and promo teams. Also on hand to commemorate the chart-topper were Warner/Chappell Music’s BJ Hill, and UMPG’s Ron Stuve, and CRB’s Bill Mayne.

Ron Cox of Avenue Bank announced a contribution in the name of the songwriters to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

(Pictured, L-R): Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Nathan Chapman celebrate Rucker's No. 1 hit, "Homegrown Honey." Photo: Ed Rode

(Pictured, L-R): Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Nathan Chapman celebrate Rucker’s No. 1 hit, “Homegrown Honey.” Photo: Ed Rode

Rogers amused Chapman and the crowd by boasting that he produced a No. 1 song for Taylor Swift’s producer. Chapman has had a hand in producing all five of Swift’s records. Rucker and Kelley were both humbled by the celebration, but were more excited that “Homegrown Honey” is Chapman’s first No. 1 as a songwriter.

Kelley was sure to mention that he grew up a fan of Hootie & The Blowfish. “If you would have told me when I was 15 that I would be sharing the stage with Darius, celebrating a No. 1 song we wrote together, I would’ve said you were crazy.”

South Carolina resident Rucker was quick to thank all of the Capitol Records promo staff along with UMG’s Cindy Mabe and Mike Dungan. “They championed me and believed in me…Dungan gave me a record deal. I wouldn’t have given me a deal even if I was my own cousin,” Rucker joked. “But I am thankful to them and anyone that has ever believed in me, or even written something nice about me.”

Chapman took his time on the mic to thank mostly his family. “When I saw the song in the top 5, I was hoping it would hit No. 1. Not to celebrate me, but to give me the chance to stand up here and thank them. It’s a big moment, and I’m thankful.”

Big Loud Records Appoints National Director of Promotion

Stacy Blythe

Stacy Blythe

Big Loud Records has added Stacy Blythe as the newly launched label’s National Director of Promotion. Blythe will report directly to label President Clay Hunnicutt. Big Loud Records was founded by manager Seth England, producer Joey Moi, songwriter Craig Wiseman, and manager Kevin “Chief” Zaruk, along with Hunnicutt.

Blythe’s previous career stops include Category 5 Records, 1720 Entertainment and Stoney Creek Records. She most recently served as Republic Nashville’s Southeast Promotion Manager.

“When we started Big Loud Records, we dreamed of having someone of Stacy’s caliber on our team,” shares BLR’s Hunnicutt. “Now it’s happened and we could not be happier. We know that Stacy will play an integral role in the growth of our artists and company.”

Blythe adds, “I am beyond honored that Clay, Seth, Craig, Joey and Chief have invited me to be a part of building Big Loud Records from the ground up. Upon hearing the music that the label is set to release, I instantly knew that I had to be involved in delivering it to our friends at country radio. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to embark on this new journey surrounded by the passion and creativity that this team possesses.”

Beginning Sept. 15, Blythe can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 615-887-9860. Additional Big Loud Records team members will be announced in coming months.

Hirings: BMLG, New Heartland Group, Latigo Shore Music, South X Sea

Elizabeth Santana

Elizabeth Santana

BMLG Hires Director of Southeast Promotion

Elizabeth Gregg Santana has been named Director of Southeast Promotion for the BMLG roster. Effective Sept. 7, Santana will begin promoting the label’s roster of artists including Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope and A Thousand Horses. She fills a role vacated by Stacy Waugh, who will leave BMLG in early September to pursue other opportunities.

“Liz has worked simultaneously with the media and a wide range of clients to connect artists and radio at events across the southeast to raise awareness and funds for some outstanding organizations,” said Big Machine Label Group Vice President Promotion Matthew Hargis. “This makes her the perfect candidate for this position as the music business continues to evolve and broaden.”

“I look forward to bringing my years of experience to Republic Nashville/The Big Machine Label Group from my prior business. I have worked hand in hand with so many of the great radio stations in the Southeast and look forward to meeting everyone!” said Santana.

Santana is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a degree in Public Relations. She most recently worked as a PR consultant in Palm Beach, Fla., and for the American Cancer Society. She can be reached at [email protected] and will be based in Orlando, Fla.

 

New Heartland Group Appoints Managing Director

Shari Dennis

Shari Dennis

Brand building and consumer engagement agency New Heartland Group has added Shari Dennis in the role of Managing Director. Dennis has over 25 years of agency experience at well-known advertising and marketing firms. At New Heartland Group, she will lead agency growth initiatives, staff development and bring senior-level strategic thinking to all accounts. Dennis will serve as senior account leader and assist the account management team with high-level strategic counsel to better service their clients.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shari to the NHG team. Her experience in building highly successful account teams and streamlining agency operations is exactly what we need to continue to serve our great client roster,” said New Heartland Group President Paul Jankowski. “More important than her experience however, is her passion for building brands and helping her team grow professionally.”

She has held senior-level positions in agencies of varying sizes, from founding her own agency to working at large, global agencies such as BBDO.  She has worked with a broad array of clients, ranging from AT&T to Capital One to Procter & Gamble.  Dennis was most recently EVP Director of Brand Development, Account Management at The Buntin Group.

 

Latigo Shore Music Adds Creative Director

Christina Wiltshire

Christina Wiltshire

Latigo Shore Music publishing company has added Christina Wiltshire to the position of Creative Director. Latigo is represented by the early catalog of hit songwriter, Andrew Dorff, along with active writer, Jeston Cade.

As Creative Director, Wiltshire will develop new writers, set up co-writes, as well as evaluate and pitch songs to producers, artists, A&R execs, and film/television music supervisors.

Wiltshire previously served as Creative Coordinator at Patrick Joseph Music.

“We are so excited to have Christina heading our Nashville office. She brings a lifelong passion and a deep understanding of what makes a song great. I am excited for her to contribute her creative flair and proven track record of creating successful partnerships to Latigo,” says Latigo Shore President Steve Dorff.
 
The new home for the company is located in the RCA Studio A Building, 30 Music Sq. W. Ste. #103. Wiltshire can be contacted at at [email protected]

 

South X Sea Expanding East Nashville Offices

southxseacroppedMusic and merchandising company South x Sea is set to expand its East Nashville offices and hire 11 full-time staff positions in its screen printing production facility.

Originally founded in Seattle, the South x Sea merchandising division was launched to print t-shirts for touring bands, before adding corporate, high school, and collegiate divisions. In addition to merchandising, South x Sea also has new ventures in the music industry, including an independent record label and music publishing division.

Those interested in applying for a position can submit resumes to [email protected].

Industry Pics: Frankie Ballard, LOCASH, Art of the Game

Frankie Ballard Celebrates No. 1 Single

Frankie Ballard gives a No. 1 sign as his latest single “Young & Crazy” becomes his third consecutive No. 1 song. His debut album Sunshine & Whiskey has also yielded the chart-toppers “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.” 

Pictured (L-R): Co-manager Christian Svendsen, Way Entertainment; Ballard and  Danny Montana of WIL-St. Louis.

Pictured (L-R): Co-manager Christian Svendsen, W.A.Y Entertainment; Ballard and Danny Montana of WIL-St. Louis.

LOCASH Honors SirusXM’s John Marks

Reviver Records’ Gator Michaels and David Ross presented SiriusXM’s John Marks with a plaque commemorating LOCASH’s latest single, “I Love This Life,” reaching No. 1 on The Highway’s Hot 45 Weekend Countdown.

“This means a TON to us,” said LOCASH’s Chris Lucas. “It’s unbelievable. Our fans, they’re diehard fans, man…they’re great. We owe them for everything in our career and for getting us to this point. We’ve always dreamed about getting a No. 1. I know our team, Reviver Records, is going nuts right now! We thank you guys.”

LoCash with John Marks

Pictured (L-R): Gator Michaels, SVP Promotion, Reviver Records; John Marks, Sr. Director of Country Programming, SiriusXM, David Ross, President and CEO, Reviver Records.

Fraser’s ‘The Art of the Game’ Celebrates 15 Years

Doug Fraser

Doug Fraser

Doug Fraser‘s The Art Of The Game, Inc., is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Founded in 2000, the company specializes in crafting national event marketing and brand campaigns, incorporating live music, visual art, live television, and more into its events.

In 2015, the company has provided musical talent for events including Super Bowl XLIX’s NFL Experience Presented by GMC and the NFL Super Bowl XLIX Game Day Fan Plaza, and MLB’s 2015 Monday Night Baseball Opening Night on ESPN. The company currently maintains offices in Franklin, Tenn., and Atlanta, Ga.

Industry Ink: Metts Exits Starstruck, Olson Starts Master Craft MGMT, Underwood’s Radio Promo

Metts Exits Starstruck

Jimmy Metts

Jimmy Metts

Due to restructuring at Starstruck Entertainment, Jimmy Metts‘ position as General Manager of the Starstruck Writers Group has been eliminated.

Metts’ previous stops have included Famous Music, Curb Music, Malaco Music, Stroudavarious Records, and Cauley Music Publishing.

He can be reached at [email protected].

Olson Launches Master Craft Management

Master Craft ManagementPete Olson has launched new management company, Master Craft Management. The company’s first artist is Clark Manson. Olson previously headed artist management company Pop Up Music with Liz O’Sullivan, before Pop Up Music was purchased by ole Music.

For more, visit www.mastercraftmgmt.com.

Carrie Underwood Promotes New Single, Album on ‘The Bobby Bones Show’

19 Recordings/Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood made an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show to promote her newly released “Smoke Break,” the first single from her forthcoming album Storyteller due out Oct. 23.

Pictured (L-R): Bobby Bones Show co-host Lunchbox; host Bobby Bones; Carrie; Lesly Simon, VP, Promotion, Arista Nashville; Justin Cole, Director of Country Programming, Premiere Networks and co-host Amy.

Pictured (L-R): Bobby Bones Show co-host Lunchbox; host Bobby Bones; Carrie Underwood; Lesly Simon, VP, Promotion, Arista Nashville; Justin Cole, Director of Country Programming, Premiere Networks and co-host Amy

Underwood also sent special cupcakes to multiple music industry locations today. Encouraging everyone to take a break and enjoy, she enlisted Ivey Childers and her Ivey Cake truck to deliver four special flavors of the sweet treats to such locations as NASH Campus.

Carrie Underwood and Ivey Childers (IveyCakes) with the Nash Campus staff.

Carrie Underwood and Ivey Childers (Ivey Cake) with the Nash Campus staff.

Weekly Chart Report (8/21/15)

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In Pictures: Kenny Chesney, Cam, Steven Tyler, Maddie & Tae

Kenny Chesney brought his Big Revival Tour to New Jersey this past Saturday (Aug. 15) where a packed MetLife Stadium crowd also included special guests from iHeartMedia.

Pictured (L-R):  Morris Higham Management’s Basak Kizilisik and Buffy Cooper; iHeartMedia’s newly named leader of its iHeartCountry team, Rod Phillips; Chesney; Tom Poleman, President of Nat’l Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia; Tom’s wife; and iHeart’s VP Artist Relations Marissa Morris and Hot AC Brand Mgr/Nat’l Programming Platforms/ PD of New York’s 103.5 KTU Rob Miller.

Pictured (L-R):  Morris Higham Management’s Basak Kizilisik and Buffy Cooper; iHeartMedia’s newly named leader of its iHeartCountry team, Rod Phillips; Chesney; Tom Poleman, President of Nat’l Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia; Tom’s wife; and iHeart’s VP Artist Relations Marissa Morris and Hot AC Brand Mgr/Nat’l Programming Platforms/ PD of New York’s 103.5 KTU Rob Miller.

 

Arista Nashville artist Cam performed during the WSIX/Nashville annual Guitar-B-Que event, held at Loser’s in Nashville on Aug. 12.

Pictured (back, L-R): Michael Bryan, iHeartMedia Nashville SVP/Programming; Cam; The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones; iHeartMedia’s newly named leader of its iHeartCountry team, Rod Phillips; and (front, L-R): WSIX MD/Dir. Promotions Kimsey Kerr, and WSIX’s Amy Paige.

Pictured (back, L-R): Michael Bryan, iHeartMedia Nashville SVP/Programming; Cam; The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones; iHeartMedia’s newly named leader of its iHeartCountry team, Rod Phillips; and (front, L-R): WSIX MD/Dir. Promotions Kimsey Kerr, and WSIX’s Amy Paige.

 

Dot Records recording artists Steven Tyler and Maddie & Tae pose on Broadway before heading into last night’s Rolling Stone Country party at ACME Feed and Seed.

BMLG Steven Tyler Maddie and Tae

Weekly Chart Report (8/14/15)

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