Grammy award-winning country music songwriter and producer Luke Laird has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and his own music firm, Creative Nation.
The deal covers his songwriting catalogue which includes 23 Billboard No.1 hits for artists including Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton, as well as future work.
Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO Troy Tomlinson said: “It’s a rare occasion when a publisher is able to secure both the hit-driven catalog and the futures of a writer the quality of Luke Laird.
“It’s a rare occasion when a publisher is able to secure both the hit-driven catalog and the futures of a writer the quality of Luke Laird.”
troy tomlinson, sony/atv
“We are grateful that he is entrusting his body of work with us and look forward to continuing success.”
Laird added: “I’m looking forward to working with Troy, Josh Van Valkenburg and the entire Sony/ATV team.
“They have a great history of working with songwriters who are heroes of mine and they will be the perfect complement to my team at Creative Nation.”
As a songwriter, Laird’s #1 hits include “Fast” and “I See You” (Luke Bryan), “Head Over Boots” (Jon Pardi), “T-Shirt” (Thomas Rhett) and “Gonna” and “Hillbilly Bone” (Blake Shelton).
Other artists he has written for include Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood.
The Country Music Association has recognized Laird on six occasions with the Triple Play Award, signifying three #1 singles within a 12-month period.
Laird co-produced the album Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves, which received both Grammy and ACM awards for Album of the Year.
He has also received BMI’s Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards, and Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year.
Pictured front row L-R: Hannah Williams (Sony/ATV Nashville Creative Manager), Josh Van Valkenburg (Sony/ATV Nashville SVP, Creative), Luke Laird and Troy Tomlinson (Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO)
Back row L-R: Terry Wakefield (Sony/ATV Nashville SVP, Creative), Dustin Kovacic (Dickinson Wright PLLC), Tom Luteran (Sony/ATV Nashville VP, Creative), Austen Adams (Dickinson Wright PLLC), Stephen Denninger (Sony/ATV Nashville A&R Coordinator) and Dane Schmidt (Sony/ATV Nashville Director, Creative)Music Business Worldwide