NASHVILLE, TN (May 6, 2015) – Spirit Music Nashville has signed hit country songwriter Chris Wallin to an exclusive global publishing agreement, as announced today by Daniel Hill, President, Spirit Music Nashville. Wallin has proven himself to be among the most exceptional creative talents in the Nashville songwriting community, penning multiple Top 10 hits, including three No. 1s, and having his songs recorded by some of the most successful stars in country music. His agreement with Spirit marks the latest in the company’s aggressive series of Nashville-focused signings and catalog acquisitions.
“We have been fans of Chris Wallin’s for many years now. He has such a great talent for intelligently communicating universal themes and emotion through his songs, and we are thrilled to finally get to work directly with Chris,” said Daniel Hill, President, Spirit Music Nashville.
“I’m really excited about signing with Spirit Music Nashville. They aren’t afraid of trying new things and together I feel we will be blazing new trails up and down Music Row,” said Chris Wallin.
Hit songs written by Wallin include the No. 1 singles “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, and “Something To Be Proud Of” by Montgomery Gentry, the Top 10 hits “I’m Tryin’” by Trace Adkins, and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry, as well as three songs on the latest Garth Brooks release, including the Top 20 hit “People Loving People.”
In addition to the signing of Wallin, Spirit’s expansion into country music also includes the recent acquisition of the successful Nashville-based independent music publisher, production, and artist management company Cal IV Entertainment, which brought top writers, artists, and staff into the fold along with 25 number one copyrights and multiple top ten singles. Spirit also recently acquired the StyleSonic catalog, bringing another four No. 1 country hits to its portfolio as well as over fifteen Top 20 country songs spanning the last decade. In addition to StyleSonic and Cal IV Entertainment, Spirit’s aggressive expansion plans also led to the recent acquisition of leading contemporary Christian catalog West Main Music.
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. The company’s repertoire reflects some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time, including hits by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, Dion, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Santana, The Beach Boys, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Alice Cooper, Pure Prairie League, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, The Go-Go’s, Madonna, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Ricky Martin, Keith Urban, Usher, Dido, Jewel, Jason Aldean and Mary J. Blige; the complete catalogs of such iconic songwriters and writer/artists as Pete Townshend, Marc Bolan, Boz Scaggs, The Marshall Tucker Band, Toto, Billy Squier, Andrea Bocelli, Charles Mingus, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Rick Nowels, C&C Music Factory; and the breakthrough work of such newer artists as Scissor Sisters, The Naked & Famous, Matt & Kim, San Cisco, Zooey Deschanel, Eric Paslay, and Big Data.
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 Pegasus Capital Advisors, the New York-based private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to growth companies since 1996.
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