Thomas Rhett, his longtime manager Virginia Davis (G Major Management), as well as his songwriter father Rhett Akins have launched a new creative endeavor with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, named Home Team Publishing.
Thomas Rhett’s personal publishing will stay with his long-standing publisher EMI/SONY.
Eric Olson is the company’s first signing. The Seattle, Washington native moved to Nashville in 2010 and connected with Kelly Clarkson’s musical director, Jason Halbert, with whom he went on to co-produce and write Clarkson’s smash hit “Catch My Breath.” Olson has collaborated with artists such as Dave Barnes, Danielle Bradbery, Mr Hudson, Dan Tyminski, Cappa, Chris Lane and Akins.
“Songwriting has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember,” shares Thomas Rhett who, along with his father Akins, are the only father/son co-write to ever top the country Billboard radio charts. Rhett’s most recent single, “Star of the Show,” garnered him his seventh No. 1 song on country Billboard radio charts.
“I was a songwriter before I was an artist, and I was lucky enough to find a team that believed in me really early on,” continues Rhett. “Songwriting the foundation for my artist career, so I’m excited and honored to be able to invest in the future of the songwriting community.”
“Thomas and Rhett are both naturals at identifying and nurturing talent,” offers Davis.
“I’m beyond excited to be a part of Home Team Publishing,” says Akins. “Why wouldn’t I be? I get to work with Virginia Davis and Thomas Rhett- two of the most hard-working, talented and creative people in the industry.”
“There are few teams that have the amazing track record of Virginia Davis, Thomas Rhett and Rhett Atkins,” added CEO Roc Nation, Jay Brown. “They have a deep appreciation for artists and an uncanny ear for hits. Home Team Publishing is an exciting and natural partnership for Roc Nation.”
In 2016, Roc Nation launched Roc Nation Nashville—a venture with Warner/Chappell—and Rhythm House—a venture with Jesse Frasure. Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill was announced to work across the companies.
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About the AuthorJessica Nicholson is a staff writer with MusicRow Enterprises. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine, TasteofCountry.com and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]
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