Black River Publishing and Sony Music Publishing Sign Global Admin Deal


Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Black River Publishing today announced they have signed a worldwide publishing administration deal.

With the partnership, SMP will provide its global services to Black River's publishing catalog, covering award-winning songs by country superstar Kelsea Ballerini; artist-writers MaRynn Taylor, Josiah Siska, Anna Vaus, and Abby Anderson; hitmakers including Jacob Davis, Doug Johnson, Hannah Kerr, Forest Glen Whitehead; GRAMMY-winning songwriter Josh Osborne, and more.

"Black River Publishing and our amazingly talented roster of writers are thrilled to be joining forces with our friends at Sony Music Publishing," said Black River VP of Publishing Rebekah Gordon. "The passion for music and songwriters on both the creative and administrative teams is unmatched. I'm looking forward to celebrating many successes together."

Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said, “Independent music publishers play a vital role in our Music Row community, and Black River has done an amazing job of identifying and developing some of the biggest hit songwriters in Nashville. It is an honor for Sony Music Publishing to support Black River in their efforts.”

Since its inception twelve years ago, Black River Publishing and its roster have achieved numerous awards and accolades, including 30 No. 1 songs and multiple GRAMMY awards – one for Best Country Song with Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" (2013) and one for Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song for KING & COUNTRY's "God Only Knows" (2019).

Black River Publishing's roster includes Black River recording artists Josiah Siska, MaRynn Taylor, and Josh Wilson; artist-writers Pryor Baird, Hannah Kerr, and Bryan Simpson; songwriter/producers Bobby Huff, Blake Ruby, Dan Wilson, and Jason Earley; and GRAMMY-winning songwriter, producer and artist Josh Kerr. Additionally, Black River's catalog includes hit-songwriter/Black River recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, artist-writers Abby Anderson and Anna Vaus; hit songwriters Doug Johnson, Forest Glen Whitehead, Jacob Davis, and GRAMMY-winning songwriter Josh Osborne. Black River Publishing is part of the Black River Entertainment family under the Pegula Sports & Entertainment company portfolio. For more information about Black River Publishing, visit and follow them on Instagram.

May 25, 2022 2:10pm ET by Pressparty  

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