8 February, 2018Print
Songwriters Renew at Downtown Nashville
Downtown Nashville staff and writers: Marc Beeson, Allen Shamblin, Andy Albert, Sam Ashworth, Steve Markland, Roberto Neri, Tony Esterly, Katie Roth, Natalie Osborne, Kelly Archer, Sara Haze, and FANN.
Andy Albert, Kelly Archer, Marc Beeson, and Tony Esterly were among the first songwriters to sign on when Downtown Music Publishing opened their Nashville office in 2014. Since they began working with Downtown, they have achieved some of the biggest successes of their careers, including a collective three number-one hits, five Top 10 singles, and dozens of major syncs. Now, all four are extending and renewing their deals at Downtown Nashville.
"When we launched Downtown Nashville in 2014, I was thrilled to begin working with Andy, Kelly, Marc, and Tony," says Steve Markland, VP of A&R. "They've been four of the biggest reasons we've had such success here in our first four years, and we're excited and committed to continue helping them in the development of their writing careers.
In the past year and a half, veteran writer Kelly Archer has had the first two number-one hits of her career: "Sleep Without You" (performed by Brett Young) and "Somebody Else Will" (performed by Justin Moore). Marc Beeson has co-written multiple recent Top 10s, including Josh Turner's 2017 number-one "Hometown Girl" and Blake Shelton's 2016 hit "She's Got A Way With Words." The latter Beeson co-wrote with Andy Albert, who himself has seen career peaks since joining Downtown including, "If the Boot Fits" (performed by Granger Smith) and Smith's current single "Happens Like That," which is rising on the country charts. Writer-producer Tony Esterly has impressively landed over twenty major sync placements in the last year. He is also actively writing and producing several pop/rock development artists for 2018.
In the last year, Downtown Nashville has had eleven singles on the country radio charts, including five Top 10s and three number-ones. They work closely with Downtown's other global offices to reach beyond the world of country music as well, including Esterly's many pop/rock syncs in projects like the Assassin's Creed movie trailer and the Lego Ninjago movie. In addition to their existing offices in Nashville, New York, London, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, Downtown is about to announce two new offices to expand their international presence in two new markets.
About Downtown Music Nashville
Over these past four years, Downtown Nashville has developed a roster covering all facets of Nashville's music industry from Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, prominent independent music publisher Big Yellow Dog Music, multi-award winning songwriter and playwright Wayne Kirkpatrick to veteran writers Marc Beeson, Kendell Marvel, and Kelly Archer. The office has also focused on identifying and cultivating up and coming writers, artists, and producers such as John Moreland, Andy Albert, Jillian Jacqueline, Sara Haze, and Tony Esterly, among others.
Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the world's leading rights-management firms with offices in major music markets around the globe, including New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris, and Sydney. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, encompassing some of the world's most beloved songwriters and artists including The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, The Kinks, One Direction, Mötley Crüe, Robin Thicke, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Sturgill Simpson, Santigold, Carla Bruni, and Social Distortion. Downtown Music Publishing is wholly owned by Downtown & Company, which also owns New York-based Downtown Music Studios and Songtrust, the world's largest technology platform for songwriting and music publishing royalties, which powers technology platform that powers global royalty collection from over 120 territories and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide.