Scott Clayton Joins UTA As Co-Head Of Global Music, Partner

Scott Clayton

Agent Scott Clayton has joined the ranks at UTA as Co-Head of its Global Music Division and as a Partner. Alongside UTA Global Music Co-Heads Sam Kirby Yoh and David Zedeck, the trio will lead UTA’s New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville hubs to further solidify the agency’s reach across all genres. Clayton will continue to be based in Nashville.

Clayton joins UTA after his recent departure from WME where he was a Partner and Co-Head of the agency’s music division. He has guided the touring careers of successful acts, including John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Dead & Company, Train, My Morning Jacket, Michael Franti, Rodrigo y Gabriela and many others. Prior to WME, Clayton previously worked at CAA for 17 years as a Co-Head of their Nashville office, served as the Co-Chair of the city’s Music City Music Council, and is a member of the Nashville Public Radio Board of Directors.

“Scott is the epitome of what we look for in a leader at UTA: he is a strong advocate for artists and has a long history of supporting and mentoring colleagues,” shares UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “Sam and David have done a great job building a world-class team and we are very excited for Scott to join us as we continue to grow our music practice.”

Kirby Yoh and Zedeck jointly add, “We are excited to have Scott join us as a Co-Head of the music group. He is a relentless champion for his clients, and we know that he will bring that same energy to UTA. He is a dedicated leader who has played a significant role in building so many people’s careers and we look forward to collaborating with him as we continue to build our team and do great work for our clients.”

“Over the past few years, I have witnessed the incredible job UTA has done to expand and elevate the music department,” states Clayton. “Sam, David, and the team have shown true innovation and leadership during this unprecedented time and have really delivered for their artists across all genres. I am very excited to be joining a company that has built a culture that is grounded in transparency with colleagues and in service to clients.”

Clayton’s hire follows a series of moves that UTA’s Music Division has made over the last year, adding numerous executives and agents to its ranks across multiple offices. The new hires include agents Jeffrey Hasson, Brett Saliba, Matt Korn, and Emily Wright, who are based in Nashville. In June 2021, UTA opened its new Nashville headquarters at the historic downtown site of the former Carnegie Library in the heart of Music City.

Jesse Frasure, Dallas Davidson, Ben Johnson, More Among Top Winners At BMI Country Awards

Jesse Frasure, Dallas Davidson, Ben Johnson

BMI has revealed its winners list for the 69th Annual BMI Country Awards. The winners were celebrated across all BMI digital and social channels.

Songwriter/producer Jesse Frasure was named Songwriter of the Year for the second time. He penned five of the year’s most-performed songs, including “Almost Maybes,” “Hole In The Bottle,” “One Big Country Song,” “One Thing Right,” and “What’s Your Country Song.”

“One of Them Girls,” co-written by BMI songwriters Dallas Davidson and Ben Johnson, won Song of the Year. The tune was also named Song of the Year at the ASCAP Country Music Awards last week. “One of Them Girls” was recorded by Lee Brice and certified double-Platinum by the RIAA in August of this year. It spent three weeks at the No. 1 position on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and has remained in the Top 10 each recurrent week. Additionally, the song has over 390 million on-demand streams to date. This honor marks the 30th BMI County Award for Davidson and the very first for Johnson.

For the first time in 33 years, the Publisher of the Year designation ended with a tie between Sony Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music. Collectively, the publishing powerhouses represent a combined total of 36 of this year’s award-winning titles. Sony Music Publishing’s award-winning titles include “One Beer,” “Lovin’ on You,” “I Called Mama,” and “Beer Can’t Fix.” Warner Chappell Music’s titles include “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” “I Love My Country,” and “One Night Standards.”

BMI also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the year. Among the songs honored are “Bluebird,” “Heartless,” “The Good Ones,” and “I Should Probably Go to Bed.” This year’s winners include 24 first-time BMI Country Award recipients, such as Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, and Taylor Kerr of Maddie & Tae. Additional winners include Miranda Lambert, Michael Hardy, Natalie Hemby, Shy Carter, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and more.

“Songwriters and publishers are the lifeblood of our business and our Nashville community, and it is an honor to represent and award our members every year,” says Clay Bradley, VP, BMI Nashville. “We are thrilled to celebrate the phenomenal songwriters and publishers whose talent and hard work continue to propel our genre to new heights. We look forward to inviting you all back into our BMI home in 2022.”

For a complete list of 2021 BMI Country Award winners and to learn more about your favorite BMI songwriters, click here.

Creative Nation Signs Derek Bahr, Hires Alex Tamashunas As Creative Manager

Pictured (L-R): Christina Wighton, Brandon Gill, Emily Furman, Beth Laird, Derek Bahr, Kelsey Granda, Luke Laird, Abby Holcomb. Photo: Katie Kauss

Derek Bahr has signed a multi-faceted label, publishing, and management deal with Creative Nation. The company has also hired Alex Tamashunas as its new Creative Manager.

Bahr spent the last decade as a road musician for Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Ryan Hurd, Cassadee Pope, Rodney Atkins, and more. He’s been writing songs for years, but in 2020 when gigs shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he devoted some time to writing, recording, and producing his own debut EP, Collecting Dust.

“Derek’s debut EP impressed our whole team,” Sr. Director of Creative, Emily Furman said.  “He is a true songwriter with a unique point of view and an ability to craft a song that stands out and says something. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Creative Nation and to introduce him to the songwriting community.”

“I’m beyond thrilled to have the chance to work with this incredible team at Creative Nation. A number of my songwriting heroes call CN home, and it’s an absolute dream come true to be under the same roof as them,” Bahr adds. “The world class professionalism this team brings to the table is only matched by their focus on compassionate kindness, and I’m so grateful for the chance to grow and learn from this amazing group of people.”

Alex Tamashunas. Photo: Spencer Combs

On the staffing side, Tamashunas graduated from NYU’s music business program in 2014. The Mount Holly, New Jersey native pursued a career in music journalism and PR until 2018, when she decided to move to Nashville for a position at Anthem Entertainment.

“Alex’s passion for songwriters and positive energy are infectious! Her prior publishing experience and musical interests complement our clients and staff and we are very excited to have her join the Creative Nation publishing team,” Co-Founder and CEO, Beth Laird comments.

“Creative Nation has been a dream company of mine for years. Beth and Luke [Laird] have fostered a family-style environment that cares deeply for the well being of its people, all while growing a roster of writers that are fiercely competitive in both country and pop formats,” Tamashunas says. “To be a part of this company’s story feels surreal.”

‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Breaks Streaming Records Upon Arrival

Taylor Swift. Photo: Beth Garrabrant

Global music sensation Taylor Swift released her much anticipated Red (Taylor’s Version) on Friday (Nov. 12), breaking her own records in its wake.

As reported by Spotify, the re-recorded version of her 2012 smash album broke the record for the most streamed album in a day by a female in the platform’s history, raking in over 90.8 million streams. Swift previously held this record with her surprise 2020 album Folklore, which earned over 80.6 million first-day streams. Additionally, Swift also became the platform’s most-streamed female in a day with more than 122.9 million streams on Friday.

Throughout the albums’ 2 hour and 10 minute runtime and its 21 original tracks, including some of Swift’s biggest hits such as “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “22,” “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheeran, and the album’s title track, Red (Taylor’s Version) also features nine unreleased “From the Vault” songs that see the singer-songwriter singing along with other stars such as Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, and Sheeran.

The new 2021 version of the Grammy-nominated and award-winning album also features fan-favorite “All Too Well,” and a 10-minute version of the track with its original lyrics that never made it onto the 2012 edition of Red. Swift wrote and directed an accompanying short film for “All Too Well,” featuring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, which she shared with fans that has since garnered over 28 million views and counting over the last three days.

After Red‘s original release in October of 2012, the project spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, making Swift the first female artist and the second act since the Beatles to have three consecutive albums each spend at least six weeks at No. 1. Red, Swift’s fourth studio album, was also certified 7x Platinum, among other impressive accolades.

Red (Taylor’s Version) is the second re-recorded album that Swift has unveiled, following the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and became the first re-recorded album to ever do so.

Sam Grow Inks Publishing Deal With Deluge Music

Pictured (front row, L-R): Stephanie Greene, President – Deluge Music; Sam Grow; David Robkin, Managing Member – Deluge Music; (back row, L-R): Rachel Guttmann, Attorney – Taylor Guttmann, PLLC; Brad Austin, Forward Music Management; Emily Dryburgh, A&R – East Music Row.

Average Joes Entertainment recording artist Sam Grow has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Deluge Music. Best known for his “Song About You,” which has amassed 50 million global streams to date, Grow released his latest album This Town in September. His new single, “Go Right Now,” was released on Friday (Nov. 12).

Grow debuted on the country scene with his self-titled EP in 2014, following with The Blame, which charted at No. 5 on iTunes and No. 2 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers albums chart. His previous project,  Love and Whiskey, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Album chart.

Named one of Billboard’s 7 Country Acts to Watch, Grow’s co-writing credits include collaborations with Taylor Phillips, Brice Long, Terry McBride, Tim Nichols, Jimmy Yeary, Johnny Gates, and more. Grow will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Nov. 27.

“I’m struck by Sam’s passion for writing,” says David Robkin, managing partner of Deluge. “He just loves to write, with hit songwriters, young up-and-coming writers, anyone who shares the passion with him. We are excited to help Sam expand his opportunities.”

“I’m so incredibly excited to join the Deluge family,” adds Grow. “I can’t wait to write songs for such a great team and work with amazing creative minds like David Robkin and Stephanie Greene.”

Morgan Wallen Returns To The Road On “The Dangerous Tour”

Morgan Wallen has announced his return to the road with “The Dangerous Tour.” Named after his blockbuster album, Dangerous: The Double Album, the entertainer will be accompanied by label-mate Hardy as direct support in 2022, with Larry Fleet joining on select dates.

This is Wallen’s first official tour announcement following his use of a racial slur in February, however he has been playing one-off shows across the United States since the incident.

Spanning through 46 cities, the run will begin in Evansville, Indiana on Feb. 3 at the Ford Center. “The Dangerous Tour” will visit arenas and amphitheaters across the country, including making major debuts at Madison Square Garden in New York, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta. The seven-month trek will wrap in Los Angeles on Sept. 24 at STAPLES Center.

All arena dates are set to go on sale beginning on Friday, Nov. 19, with amphitheater shows on sale starting Dec. 3. Tickets and VIP packages are available for purchase here.

“The Dangerous Tour” Dates:
*On Sale Nov. 19 | ^On Sale Dec. 3
Feb. 3, 2022 — Evansville, IN — Ford Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
Feb. 4, 2022 — Charleston, WV — Charleston Coliseum — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
Feb. 5, 2022 — Allentown, PA — PPL Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
Feb. 9, 2022 — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
Feb. 24, 2022 — Columbia, SC — Colonial Life Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
Feb. 25, 2022 — Savannah, GA — Enmarket Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
Feb. 26, 2022 — Greenville, SC — Bon Secours Wellness Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 3, 2022 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 4, 2022 — Bossier City, LA — Brookshire Grocery Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 5, 2022 — Oklahoma City, OK — Paycom Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 10, 2022 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 11, 2022 — Omaha, NE — CHI Health Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 12, 2022 — Grand Forks, ND — Alerus Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
March 17, 2022 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
April 21, 2022 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
April 22, 2022 — San Antonio, TX — AT&T Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
April 23, 2022 — Lafayette, LA — CAJUNDOME — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
April 28, 2022 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center — TBD and Larry Fleet*
April 29, 2022 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena — TBD and Larry Fleet*
April 30, 2022 — Kansas City, MO — T-Mobile Center — TBD and Larry Fleet*
May 12, 2022 — Denver, CO — Ball Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet^
May 13, 2022 — Rapid City, SD — Summit Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
May 14, 2022 — Billings, MT — First Interstate Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet*
June 2, 2022 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion — HARDY^
June 3, 2022 — Raleigh, NC — Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek — HARDY^
June 4, 2022 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live — HARDY^
June 16, 2022 — Noblesville, IN — Ruoff Music Center — HARDY^
June 23, 2022 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion — HARDY^
June 24, 2022 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion — HARDY^
June 25, 2022 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater — HARDY^
July 7, 2022 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center — HARDY^
July 8, 2022 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview — HARDY^
July 21, 2022 — Burgettstown, PA — The Pavilion at Star Lake — HARDY^
July 30, 2022 — Ridgefield, WA — RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater — TBD^
Aug. 5, 2022 — Atlanta, GA — Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood — HARDY^
Aug. 11, 2022 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center — HARDY^
Aug. 12, 2022 — Hartford, CT — XFINITY Theatre — HARDY^
Aug. 25, 2022 — Wichita, KS — INTRUST Bank Arena — HARDY^
Aug. 26, 2022 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP — HARDY^
Aug. 27, 2022 — St Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre — HARDY^
Sept. 7, 2022 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater — HARDY^
Sept. 9, 2022 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center — HARDY^
Sept. 10, 2022 — West Valley City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre — HARDY^
Sept. 15, 2022 — Chula Vista, CA — North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre — HARDY^
Sept. 16, 2022 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre — HARDY^
Sept. 17, 2022 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre — HARDY^
Sept. 24, 2022 — Los Angeles, CA — STAPLES Center — HARDY^

Industry Ink: Willie Nelson, Brett Young, Skillet

Willie Nelson To Be Honored With 2021 Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award

Willie Nelson. Photo: Pamela Springsteen

Clio Cannabis, the award program that celebrates the creators of cannabis marketing and communications, has announced that Willie Nelson will be honored with the 2021 Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented as part of the 2021 Clio Cannabis Awards, exclusively streaming on Social Club TV beginning Dec. 7. Additional specialty award recipients will include Fab 5 Freddy, Mary Pryor and Ophelia Chong.

Nelson was selected to receive the 2021 Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades-long reputation of advocating the plant’s healing powers, elevating cannabis in the mainstream and innovating in the business space. His team is responsible for introducing marijuana and hemp-based wellness products like Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy, in addition to launching a new cannabis conference called Luck Summit: Planting the Seed.

“As the cannabis industry continues its rapid growth, we are tasked with ensuring the Clio Cannabis Awards evolve at the same pace to properly honor those at the forefront of creating change and driving the industry forward,” says Michael Kauffman, executive director, Clio Cannabis. “With four game-changing specialty award recipients and an exclusive streaming partner to help us reach a wider audience, we’re taking the 2021 Clio Cannabis Awards higher than ever before.”


Brett Young’s “Lady” Earns Platinum Certification

Brett Young & Jimmy Harnen. Photo: Seth Hellman

Multi-Platinum entertainer Brett Young has earned an RIAA Platinum certification for his chart-topping hit “Lady,” which was inspired by his expanding family.

The track marks Young’s seventh consecutive No. 1 hit to earn Platinum or multi-Platinum certification. Written with Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, Young recently celebrated the milestone at BMLG Records’ Nashville office alongside Jimmy Harnen, president/CEO BMLG Records.

Young is slated to return to the CMT Crossroads stage for the first-ever Christmas-themed episode on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The special will feature Young alongside an all-star lineup of friends and collaborators such as Boyz II Men, Chris Tomlin, Colbie Caillat, Dann Huff, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and Maddie & Tae performing classic Christmas hits from his inaugural holiday album, Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics.


Skillet Earns Wave Of RIAA Album Certifications

Skillet. Photo: Jimmy Fontaine

Christian rock band Skillet are celebrating a flurry of RIAA certifications as their Awake album earns triple-Platinum status, Awake & Alive earns double-Platinum status, Hero sees a triple-Platinum certification, and Monster—with over 4 billion global streams—goes quadruple Platinum.

Skillet’s forthcoming album, Dominion, was produced by Kevin Churko (Papa Roach, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch) and features songs written by John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Churko and Kane Churko.

Dominion is about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear—to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe,” frontman John Cooper says. “In some ways it’s a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It’s time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!”

Skillet is set to headline Winter Jam 2022 alongside Tauren Wells, kicking off on Jan. 7 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Vince Gill, Alex Hall Surprise Waverly Band Students With New Instruments

Alex Hall & Vince Gill. Photo: Courtesy of KHS America

Country legend Vince Gill and singer-songwriter Alex Hall were on hand at Waverly Central High School earlier this week to surprise the student assembly with $100,000 worth of instruments to replace and upgrade what the school’s bands lost in the recent flood.

“I’m a small town-minded guy. I know what it feels like. This is a place where everybody knows everybody,” Gill shared with CBS Mornings host Mark Strassmann. “I often feel like we should be like this all the time. That’s my dream. Let’s not just be kind when somebody’s struggling; let’s just be kind.”

KHS America donates $100,000 in instruments to the Waverly school bands. Photo: Courtesy of KHS America

KHS America, which was connected with band director Joseph Bullington as well as Gill and Hall via the CMA Foundation, donated over 40 instruments from their brands: Jupiter wind instruments, Majestic concert percussion, three XO Brass professional trombones, and a Mapex drum set. Percussion tables and a bell stand from Hercules were also included.

“KHS was founded on the principles of changing lives through music and the knowledge that music and music education are essential to society,” notes Jerry Goldenson, president of KHS America. “Supporting this incredible music program and being a part of this relief effort is something very special that will surely have a positive impact on the lives of young people and the community of Waverly as a whole. It’s an honor to be able to provide even a small bit of assistance.”

To contribute to ongoing recovery efforts via the United Way of Humphreys County, text to TNFLOODRELIEF to 44321.

Vince Gill poses with Waverly band students. Photo: Courtesy of KHS America

Chart Action: Thomas Rhett’s Chart Impact Anything But Slow

Following 18 career No. 1s, Thomas Rhett impacts country radio with his latest single, “Slow Down Summer.” The single earned 195 new station adds across the Billboard, Mediabase, and MusicRow CountryBreakout charts. Rhett is also the highest debut landing at No. 23 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, No. 30 on Mediabase, and No. 51 on MusicRow with the collective spin gain of +2,988 spins.

“Slow Down Summer” kicked off a fresh chapter of new music for Rhett as he sets his sixth studio album, Where We Started for release early 2022. The single was written by Rhett, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Sean Douglas, and Rhett Akins and captures a red hot romance that’s destined to change with the seasons.

“I wrote this song from the point of view of two people who are in love during senior year of high school,” Rhett explains. “I envisioned them headed off to different schools and they’re starting to understand that the moment the weather starts to change, they’ve got a 99-percent chance this relationship is not going to work. I know that myself and a lot of people have been there before, wishing the fireworks stage doesn’t have to end.”

For more chart data, view the latest edition of The MusicRow Weekly.

Judah & The Lion Unveil New Single Ahead Of New 2022 Studio Album

Judah & the Lion. Photo: David OD

Multi-Platinum alternative band Judah & the Lion have released the newest single from their upcoming album, slated for 2022. An alternative version of the new track, “Find Another Reason Why,” was originally released this September in the Netflix Original film The Starling.

“Find Another Reason Why” is Judah & the Lion’s second single of 2021 and follows May’s “Help Me To Feel Again,” which coincided with Mental Health Awareness month.

“As we start this new chapter as a band, we hope this song will set the tone for what’s to come. It’s a song about changing as a person. It is extremely hard to let go of the old self, and press on to something new,” the band shares. “But that surrender comes with a lot of growth and freedom. More to come.”

Judah & the Lion’s last studio album, the autobiographical Pep Talks (2019), was written in the midst of a turbulent year for frontman Judah Akers. The project tackled death, divorce, alcoholism and despair head on which landed at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

More details about new music and their upcoming album will be shared in the coming months.