Friday, May 17, 2019
SPIRIT B-UNIQUE SIGNS WRITER/PRODUCER JON SHAVE TO EXCLUSIVE PUBLISHING AGREEMENT
London (May 16, 2019) – Spirit B-Unique, the London office of Spirit Music Group, has signed acclaimed writer and producer Jon Shave to an exclusive publishing agreement. Shave is part of the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum songwriting and music production trio The Invisible Men, whose songs have been streamed over 2.5 billion times on Spotify and have sold over 30 million records worldwide.
“I’m very excited to begin this new era with the incredible team at Spirit B-Unique. Mark, Martin & Rak have shown great passion and commitment to my work with Invisible Men. We have already started making ambitious plans for the future and I couldn’t be happier to be joining forces with this creative and dynamic group of people,” said Jon Shave.
“Over the last ten years, Jon Shave and his fellow Invisible Men have created an enviable position as one of the most in-demand writing & production teams in the world. It has been extremely important to find the right team to partner with and support Jon’s significant achievements to date. The energy and enthusiasm shown by Mark, Martin and Rak has left us in no doubt that, in Spirit B Unique, Jon has found the perfect new home and we are excited to be in business with them,” said Laura Lukanz of First Access Entertainment, who along with Sarah Stennett and Rema Chuhan form Shave’s management team.
“We have wanted to work with Jon for a very long time, he is extremely talented and able to be creative across many different genres building up a fantastic body of work and we are proud to be playing a part in this going forward,” said Spirit B-Unique Co-President, Mark Lewis.
“I echo Mark’s sentiments entirely and it’s great to be working with Jon again having been involved in his early publishing career at Sony/ATV. He’s a huge talent and a stellar addition to our roster,” said Rak Sanghvi, President, Spirit Music Group.
As part of The Invisible Men, Jon Shave has helped craft multiple global hits, including: Iggy Azalea's #1 US single "Fancy” (feat. Charli XCX), which was also the seventh best-selling single worldwide in 2014; Iggy Azalea’s million-selling debut single "Work”; Jonas Blue's “By Your Side” (feat. Raye); Sigala's “Say You Do” and “Just Got Paid”; DJ Fresh's UK #1 hit "Hot Right Now" (feat. Rita Ora) and #3 hit "Dibby Dibby Sound" (feat. Ms Dynamite); Conor Maynard's debut top 5 hits "Can't Say No" and "Vegas Girl"; Jessie J's hits "Do It Like A Dude," "Laser Light" (feat. David Guetta) and "Who's Laughing Now?”; and Lil Peep’s albums “Come Over When You’re Sober pt. 1 & 2” to name a few.
Since Spirit Music Group established a U.K. presence in 2016 with the opening of Spirit B-Unique’s London office, Rak Sanghvi along Co-Presidents of Spirit B-Unique U.K., Martin Toher and Mark Lewis, made a quick impact in the creative community with a string of signings and successes including the acquisition of Polar Patrol Publishing which brought Ed Sheeran collaborator and Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid into the fold. From there, Spirit’s UK team went from strength to strength with a roster that includes James Bay, Tiggs Da Author, Dagny, Jonny Coffer, John Newman, Jon Maguire, Corey Sanders, Kodaline, J C Stewart and more.
Some of the company’s recent UK creative highlights include Ed Sheeran and Spirit writer Johnny McDaid’s smash hit “Shape of You” (12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, BMI’s Pop Song of the Year, GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Solo Performance, the best-selling digital song of 2017); Spirit writer James Bay’s album The Chaos and the Calm (debuted at No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart, launched the hits "Let It Go" and "Hold Back The River"); Spirit B-Unique collected Ivor Novello Awards for most performed work for both James Bay’s “Hold Back The River” (2015) and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (2017); Spirit writer John Newman’s No. 1 singles “Love Me Again” & “Blame”; and P!nk and Spirit writer Johnny McDaid’s hit “What About Us” (topped charts in Australia, Scotland while reaching to 10 in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and more). Spirit B-Unique also landed a Publisher of the Year nomination for the 2018 Music Week Awards.
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.