Thursday, June 18, 2020
Nashville, TN (June 18, 2020) – Multi-platinum songwriter Jonathan Singleton has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Spirit Music Nashville. As part of the deal, Spirit has also acquired a portion of Singleton’s song catalog. The announcement comes as Singleton dominates the top of the country charts with the #1 single with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” - Carly Pearce and Lee Brice; the #5 single “In Between” - Scotty McCreery (which was also co-written and produced by Spirit Music Nashville CEO Frank Rogers); and the #16 single “Die From A Broken Heart” - Maddie and Tae.
Singleton has written the #1 hits “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” by Tyler Farr; “Yours If You Want It” by Rascal Flatts, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner; “Let It Rain” by David Nail and the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” by Tim McGraw. He has also written such hits as “Watching Airplanes” by Gary Allan, “Red Light” by David Nail and “Don’t” by Billy Currington. Other cuts include songs by Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn and many more.
“Jonathan Singleton is a true renaissance man,” said Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville. “He is a world-class songwriter, singer, musician, producer and businessman. After years of recording his songs and writing songs with him, I could not be more excited to get the opportunity to partner with him as a publisher. The entire Spirit Music Nashville is fired up to welcome Jonathan to the family! PS - Jonathan, you should go ahead and buy your wife that truck!”
“I’m so very excited to start a new chapter with Frank and the Spirit team,” said Jonathan Singleton. “I can’t wait to see what we can get done, and I know we’ll have fun doing it!”
Since announcing the appointment of Frank Rogers to Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Nashville, the company has made quick impact with a multi-faceted deal with GRAMMY® award winning songwriter David Garcia (including a purchase of his catalog and a pub deal for future works); the signing of Music Row’s “Song of the Year” GRAMMY nominated co-writer Jeremy Bussey; the signing of a joint venture with ACM’s “Guitar Player of the Year” Derek Wells and his 2 Mix Music enterprise; as well as the signings of Bobby Hamrick, Brinley Addington, Frank Ray, Abe Stoklasa and Neil Thrasher. Other recent successes by Spirit Music Nashville include a publishing interest in Billboard’s #1 and #2 “Songs of the Decade” (“Meant To Be” via David Garcia and “Body Like a Backroad” via Zach Crowell); the top two Billboard “Albums of the Decade” (Traveller by Chris Stapleton and Montevallo by Sam Hunt); ASCAP’s Song of the Year (“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne); SESAC’s Song of the Year (“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington); CMA Song of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban) and CMA Album of the Year From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton); and a publishing interest in ACM nominations for Song of the Year (“Whiskey & You” by Chris Stapleton); Single of the Year (“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton and “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland) and Songwriter of the Year (Josh Osborne).
Recent chart successes by the company include: Scotty McCreery’s “In Between” (#5 Country Airplay); Kenny Chesney’s “Here and Now” (#3 Country Airplay); Sam Hunt’s “Kinfolks” (#1 Country Airplay); Carrie Underwood’s “Drinking Alone” (#11 Country Airplay); and Dustin Lynch’s“Ridin’ Roads (#1 Country Airplay).
Spirit Music Group and Spirit Music Nashville have had a string of signing successes and acquisitions over the last year. In 2019, Spirit Music Group executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron formed Lyric Capital Group to take ownership of Spirit Music Group and secure a recapitalization of over $350 million. The capital raise allows Spirit to continue to build upon its already impressive legacy and community of renowned artists and songwriters. Now wholly-owned by the newly formed Lyric Capital Group, Spirit Music Group remains a strong, independent publisher.
ABOUT SPIRIT MUSIC:
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world's leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. Spirit’s portfolio consists of over 200 #1 Billboard hits and over 450 Top 10 songs.
Among its most notable songwriters and writer/artists are James Bay, John Barrett, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Big Data, Marc Bolan, T Bone Burnett, Jonny Coffer, Zach Crowell, Rami Dawod, Henry Mancini, Matt & Kim, Johnny McDaid, The Marshall Tucker Band, Graham Nash, John Newman, Rick Nowels, David Paich, Doc Pomus, Frank Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Billy Squier, Pete Townshend, Gregg Wattenberg; and the breakthrough work of newer artists including Dagny and Tim Montana.
Spirit has earned a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and a peerless promoter of its songs into film, television and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media. In recent years, Spirit has helped transform the publisher's role beyond royalty collection and song promotion to proactive career and legacy partnership by creating and executing marketing plans to revitalize its clients' songs and expand their brands.
Spirit Music Group is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and the Netherlands. Spirit is a portfolio company of Lyric Capital Group, led by seasoned music executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron.
For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.