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Publisher Online Pitch with Jimmy Metts

July 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jimmy Metts

About Jimmy Metts

General Manager of Starstruck Music

Jimmy Metts moved from Mississippi to Nashville in the early 80’s after discovering a Music Industry program at Belmont University that would allow him to pursue his passion of music. He graduated from Belmont University in 1985 with a BBA in Music Business.

Jimmy started his first music industry job that same year at Famous Music, a division of Paramount Pictures, and continued there until 1992. While at Famous, he was responsible for signing songwriters, editing songs, producing demos and securing recordings from artist such as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless and Willie Nelson.

In 1992, Jimmy left Famous to open an independent company where he was responsible for recordings by Toby Keith, Patty Loveless and the #1 hit “Gonna Get A Life” by Mark Chesnutt. Curb Records’ newly formed publishing division, Curb Music, was acquired as a client during this time as well. After only a few months he was persuaded to move to Curb Music full time as Creative Director. It was here that Jimmy signed Bobby Tomberlin who would write the #1 hit “One More Day” for Diamond Rio.

In 1997, Jimmy was given the opportunity to lead the Nashville publishing division of Malaco Records, whose main headquarters is in Jackson, Ms. Some of the Malaco songs you may be familiar with include, “Old Time Rock & Roll”, “Mr. Big Stuff”, “You Can Ring My Bell” and “Groove Me”.

While Metts headed up Malaco, the company enjoyed a string of hit recordings that include George Strait’s “I Know She Still Loves Me”, Lee Ann Womack’s “Never Again, Again”, Tim McGraw’s “For A Little While”, John Michael Montgomery’s “Home To You”, Reba McEntire’s “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain”, Trent Tomlinson’s “One Wing In the Fire” and Rascal Flatts’ #1 “Mayberry”. The Nashville division of Malaco Music was co-owned by Nashville Record Label Executive and record producer James Stroud. In 2008 Stroud offered Metts a position at the newly formed Stroudavarious Records where he took on A&R duties as well as starting the publishing division. Artists worked with while at Stroudavarious include legends such as Willie Nelson, George Jones, John Anderson and newer acts Darryl Worley, LoCash Cowboys, Matt Kennon & Blackberry Smoke.

In the summer of 2008, Metts was able to continue his love for producing and engineering by recording Bluegrass artist Brandon Rickman, of The Lonesome River Band, first solo project.

The album, “YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL” was released summer of 2009 on Rural Rhythm Records and has achieved tremendous chart success and accolades along with three of Rickman’s original songs also gaining attention: “Always Have, Always Will,” “I Bought Her a Dog,” and “Wearin’ Her Knees Out Over Me.”

Chart success for the project includes:

  • #1 album for 4 consecutive weeks this year on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report
  • 11 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs Chart for his original song, “Always Have, Always Will” (#9 last month).
  • Yet another Rickman original, “Wearin’ Her Knees Out Over Me” recently won Strictly Country Magazine’s Spirit Song of the Year.

After 2 years with Stroudavarious Records, Jimmy was able to continue his work in the Bluegrass market by starting New Cuts of Bluegrass. New Cuts shipped compilation CDs of new releases/singles from Bluegrass Labels & independent Bluegrass artists to over 500 Bluegrass radio stations.

This was a great introduction for Metts to the Bluegrass community and resulted in 7 charted singles on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Chart and being invited to attend the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2011.

In 2012, Jimmy was approached by Cauley Music Group to head up the publishing company and start Voxhall Records. The first project on the new label was “Grace Notes”, by multiple Grammy winning artist & musician Carl Jackson.

Most recently, in January of 2014, Jimmy moved to Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Writers Group as General Manager and is excited to continue the success the company has had in music publishing.

NEW Listen Only Option Available for Members for Only $20

About the Publisher Online Pitch Event

Have you ever thought: “Wow I think I have a really good song. If only I could get a legitimate publisher to listen?”

Through GSC’s affordable Publisher Online Pitch service you can have your song or songs heard by a reputable publisher from wherever in the world you live and without the expensive cost of travel.

One of the most important elements of this service is that you will be connecting with a publisher, creating a relationship with this publisher and learning the pitching process professional songwriters utilize every day.

Here are the details!

  • This online music event is open to members of Global Songwriters Connection
  • Members can take advantage of the “Listen Only” option for only $20 before pitching a song.
  • This event is limited to 30 song pitches.
  • Once you purchase the POP event you will receive a confirmation that will contain your step by step instructions for logging into the webcast.
  • If you purchase a song pitch, you will need to email your song in mp3 format along with your photo (jpg format only) and lyric (Microsoft Word format only) to [email protected] by 11am the day before the event. (Please list your name and where you are from on the top of your lyric. GSC wants the publisher to connect with you.)
  • Guitar vocals and keyboard vocals are acceptable. You do not have to have a full song demo for this event.
  • The publisher will only listen to the first verse and the chorus of your song.
  • The publisher may or may not comment on your song. This event is not intended as a publisher evaluation service; although in most cases, the publisher will offer constructive advice.
  • This is a real music publisher online pitch opportunity. The publisher will either PASS on your song OR he may choose to keep your song for further consideration.
  • You are encouraged to stay involved in the webinar while all songs are listened to and here is why:
    • Out of respect for the other participants.
    • Should the music publisher choose to comment on a song, you will learn from what he has to say.
    • If a publisher takes a song, you will want to connect with that songwriter and possibly co-write with that writer.

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July 23, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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