Today’s Industry Spotlight
Wes Mayers has had a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry including television, video, and music. After college Wes moved to Los Angeles, California where he worked on the “The Tonight Show” as well other television shows such as “The Fall Guy” and “Remington Steel.” He then moved on to video production and distribution where he was a partner at Sen-Sei Productions for five years.
Wes relocated back to Nashville in 1992 and immediately returned to the music business full time by starting his own ASCAP and BMI publishing companies. In 1993 he formed a new venture called Laurelwood Entertainment. Laurelwood’s emphasis was on music publishing, artist development, and artist management. The first artist/songwriter signed was Rodney Atkins. Rodney currently is on the Curb Records label. Rodney has had the honor of having 4 back to back #1 singles with “If You’re Going Through Hell” that was #1 for 3 weeks, “Watching You” that was #1 for 5 weeks, “These Are My People” and “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy).” Rodney was named the ACM’s Best New Male Vocalist for 2007. Most recently Rodney celebrated his 5th #1 with “Take A Back Road”. Additionally he signed Terry Joe Terrell who was on Journey Records, the trio Mullins – Black, and Craig Morgan who was on BNA and is currently on the Black River Music Group label. Craig had the 2005 Billboard “Song Of The Year” with “That’s What I Love About Sunday” as well as back to back #1 records with “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Redneck Yacht Club.” Wes secured two record deals for Mullins-Black, one on the Almo Sounds label and one for Atlantic Records.
His publishing company has had songs recorded by George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Rodney Atkins, and Craig Morgan to name a few.
Additionally Mayers has been recognized by the video industry with Telly awards for his production of two videos for international publisher Broadman & Holman.