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ASCAP EXPERIENCE: THE ROAD TO LATIN SUCCESS
5/25/22

Days after winning this year’s ASCAP Latin Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Camilo joined Jorge Mejia, SMP President/CEO, Latin America/U.S. Latin—which earned Latin pub of the year—for The Road to Latin Success, a special ASCAP Experience conversation.

Held as part of the 2022 ASCAP Latin Music Awards, the pair discussed Camilo’s career and unique creative philosophy on his creative journey from child star to five-time Latin Grammy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, as well as stories behind his biggest hits, including his second album, Mis Manos, and more. 

Check out the full ASCAP Experience conversation below.

BLACK RIVER FLOWS INTO SONY
5/25/22

After getting negative COVID tests, it’s all smiles and no social distancing for, from left, Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston, Black River’s Rebekah Gordon, Sony Publishing’s Josh Van Valkenburg, Black River President & CEO Gordon Kerr.

Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Black River Publishing have signed a worldwide publishing administration deal, covering songs by Kelsea Ballerini, Dan Wilson, MaRynn Taylor, Hannah Kerr, Josh Osborne and others.

"Black River Publishing and our amazingly talented roster of writers are thrilled to be joining forces with our friends at Sony Music Publishing," said Black River VP of Publishing Rebekah Gordon. "The passion for music and songwriters on both the creative and administrative teams is unmatched. I'm looking forward to celebrating many successes together."

Since its inception 12 years ago, Black River Publishing and its roster have achieved numerous awards and accolades, including 30 #1 songs and multiple Grammy Awards. Black River Publishing is part of the Black River Entertainment family under the Pegula Sports & Entertainment company portfolio.

Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said, “Independent music publishers play a vital role in our Music Row community, and Black River has done an amazing job of identifying and developing some of the biggest hit songwriters in Nashville.”

EMPIRE PUB & WCM'S BIG DAY
5/24/22

EMPIRE Publishing and Warner Chappell Music Nashville have partnered to ink Brandon Day to a global deal.

Based in Nashville, producer/songwriter Day most recently co-wrote Brett Kissel’s “Make a Life, not a Living,” which earned a Juno nom for Single of the Year. He also boasts production credits on tracks from Brantley Gilbert, Plain White T's, Austin Burke and Steven Lee Olsen, as well as writing credits with the likes of Jimmie Allen, Granger Smith, Eli Young Band and Brantley Gilbert.

“There’s such a wide variety of opportunities when working with companies as diverse and experienced as EMPIRE and Warner Chappell,” said Day. “I’m grateful for them putting their talents to work for me.”

“When Ben Vaughn called about exploring this deal between Warner Chappell and EMPIRE, it felt like a no-brainer,” shared EMPIRE Publishing VP of A&R, Eric Hurt. "Brandon Day is a rising star - a songwriter we really wanted at EMPIRE,” added EMPIRE SVP A&R, Al McLean.

“Brandon is extremely gifted in all aspects of music, from producing and playing guitar, to writing lyrics and crafting melodies, he’s a true master of his craft,” said WCM Senior Director A&R, Christina Wiltshire

Seen just before participating in a company-wide jam session are (l-r) WCM VP A&R, BJ Hill; Wiltshire; Keller, Turner, Andrews & Ghanem, PLLC. Attorney Jason Turner; WCM President/CEO, Vaughn; Day; McLean; EMPIRE SVP, Legal & Business, Vinny Kumar; Hurt; and EMPIRE Counsel, Nashville, Sarah Beth Gerlecz.