Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named Rusty Gaston to head of Sony/ATV Nashville. He replaces former president and CEO Troy Tomlinson, who left the company in June to become chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville.
Gaston is a Partner and General Manager of Nashville's indie THiS Music, which he co-owns with songwriters Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington. His start date and exact title are still to be determined.
THiS Music’s writer roster includes the likes of Ben Hayslip (2011 & 2012 ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year), Jessi Alexander (The Climb), JT Harding (Different For Girls), Jimmy Yeary (I Drive Your Truck), Marv Green (Shotgun Rider), Deric Ruttan (What Was I Thinking) and Chris Stevens (3 time BMI Christian Songwriter Of The Year).
Prior to co-founding THIS, the Texas native was GM of Song Garden Music, the publishing company run by producer Byron Gallimore.