Warner/Chappell Nashville today announced that it has extended its worldwide co-publishing partnership with leading Nashville-based music publishing company, THiS Music. Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell will continue to publish and administer THiS Music’s repertoire. THiS Music was formed in 2006 by owners Rusty Gaston, Tim Nichols, and Connie Harrington, and was launched in partnership with Warner/Chappell Music. “Rusty Gaston is a force of nature,” said Ben Vaughn, President, Warner/Chappell Nashville. “His relentless drive and passion for growing songwriters’ careers is legendary on Music Row and beyond. The company that he, Tim Nichols, and Connie Harrington built together just celebrated its 11th year of success – an incredible achievement – and everyone at Warner/Chappell is thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship and looking forward to making more great music together.” Rusty Gaston, Owner, THiS Music, added, “We’re thankful to have Warner/Chappell as a partner who understands, believes, and empowers the philosophy of THiS Music. They have expertly helped fuel our success for more than a decade, and we’re very happy to keep growing together.” THiS Music has a roster of some of today’s brightest artists and songwriters, including: Deric Ruttan, who co-wrote Jason Aldean’s current rising single “Any Ol’ Bar Stool”; Emily Weisband, who recently won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Thy Will”; and two-time ASCAP Country Songwriter Of The Year, Ben Hayslip, who co-wrote Thomas Rhett’s No. 1 hit “Star of the Show.” Additional songwriters on THiS Music’s roster include Nichols, Harrington, Jessi Alexander, Marv Green, JT Harding, Molly Reed, Chris Yarber, and country artist Drew Baldridge.
Drew Baldridge spends some quality time with the 7th & 8th grade Litton Middle School Band. The Music Makes Us® program of Metro Nashville Public Schools will soon benefit from the generosity of the Cold River Records recording artist Drew Baldridge. In addition to the generous sharing of his time, he has donated a Bose L1® Model 1S system with B2 bass and ToneMatch® audio engine- 180-degree horizontal sound coverage with easy transport, setup and breakdown. He also donated a custom Pelican travel case. Baldridge shared his passion for music education and what motivated him to make this donation, saying, “We live in ‘Music City’ so no one should be surprised that I am a super advocate of music education. I know how much my own life has benefited and, every day, people tell me that music healed their souls, or touched their hearts, or steered them down the right path, and I believe it is that powerful. I believe it can steer young people in the right direction to succeed in life. We know from the statistics that when music is added to a their curriculum, the benefits are impressive and they are much more likely to graduate. I am honored to be able to support such an amazing program as Music Makes Us.” “The donation of this high quality sound system couldn’t come at a better time,” says Laurie T. Schell, Director, Music Makes Us®, Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Our student ensembles are much in demand; with the Bose system, we know they will sound fantastic. We are grateful to Cold River Records and to Drew for taking the time to visit the band students at Litton and for inspiring the students to keep making music.” In celebration of this donation, Baldridge visited the 7th & 8th grade band at Litton Middle School to perform and spend time with the children. The band reciprocated by preparing a song to play for the country newcomer. More about Music Makes Us®: Music Makes Us® is a music education program in Metro Nashville Public Schools. This unique partnership with MNPS, Mayor Megan Barry, and the Nashville music community provides meaningful support for music education in our schools. It has been proven, time and time again, that music is an essential component of a well-rounded education. Music Makes Us® strengthens traditional music teaching while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects our diverse student population. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to music education, increase student participation, and enhance the quality of music education for ALL Metro Nashville Public School students. http://musicmakesus.org For more information on Drew Baldridge visit, www.drewbaldridgemusic.com.