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WOMG SIGNS AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST JIMMIE ALLEN

WOMG is proud to announce the signing of American Idol finalist Jimmie Allen. 

Jimmie Allen is American Country music artist from Milton Delaware, currently living in Nashville TN.
Jimmie has toured Japan with Armed Forces Entertainment bringing high energy, heart tugging shows to the troops and their families stationed there. 

Jimmie signed his first publishing deal with Wide Open Music Summer of 2016. Since signing he has written with some of country music’s best writers and is currently in studio working on new music. 

ASH BOWERS LANDS KIETH URBAN CUT

WOMG HIRES AMY SCOTT

WOMG is happy to announce we’ve added Amy Scott to our staff.  Amy can be reached at amyhendonscott@gmail.com

Welcome aboard Amy!!

Tomlison Hits The Ground Running

PARMELEE CUTS TOMLINSON, MINOR, CRAIG SONG
After reaching No. 1 with “Carolina” late last year, Parmalee is now edging back onto country radio with “Close Your Eyes.” This is the band’s second single from their album Feels Like Carolina, which just hit stores this past December.
Parmalee just released a lyric video for “Close Your Eyes.” Watch it below.
Written by Adam Craig, Trent Tomlinson, Shane Minor, “Close Your Eyes” is an easygoing, mid-tempo song with an infectious melody that, as lead singer Matt Thomas explained, immediately catches your ear.”After a few listens we were like, ‘We’ve got to cut this song,’” he said.
Guitarist Josh McSwain agreed. “The whole song paints such a vivid picture. Literally, if you close your eyes you can see the song happening.”

WOMG Signs Trent Tomlinson

Trent Tomlinson
WOMG is pleased to annouce the signing of writer/artist Trent Tomlinson to a three year deal.

ASH BOWERS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “RED” TO RADIO

Wide Open Music’s Ash Bowers has released to radio his lead single, “Red,” from his forthcoming album, Shake It Off, set to hit nationwide this spring 2013. “Red” pays homage to Bowers’ country roots and the singer/songwriter is looking to his fans to submit their very own backwoods footage to be used in the upcoming music video.

Written by Adam Craig, Derek George and Tim Owens, “Red” is an upbeat single with colorful lyrics (I’m proud to say that the back of my neck is / Red / like the paint on my jacked-up Camaro / Red / like the clay out muddin’ where we go.) Consistent with his southern upbringing, the single resonated with Bowers.

“The first time my buddy Adam played ‘Red’ for me I instantly connected with the lyrics. It’s the first song we picked for the album and a song I can’t believe I didn’t write myself,” says Bowers. “‘Red’ is an upbeat, rockin’ song with big guitar solos. It’s a lot of fun to perform and I hope people love it as much as I do.”

The new single has received positive reviews and was the second highest debut on the Music Row chart for its first week at radio. Got Country gave the single 4 out of 5 stars and Matt Bjorke from Roughstock gave the new single 3 ½ out of 4 stars saying, “It’s a genuine statement from an artist born into the lifestyle he sings about on ‘Red.’”

The accompanying music video, being directed by Bryan Allen, will have live performance footage and fan footage covering all “Red” activities. To submit video footage, email fanvideos@wideopenmusic.com.

For more information on Ash Bowers, visit www.facebook.com/ashbowers

Hit songwriter Tim Owens joins Wide Open Music Group

Wide Open Music Group is proud to announce the signing of Tim Owens to an Exclusive Songwriter Agreement. Owens, the co-writer behind such #1 hits as “Ticks” (Brad Paisley) and “Settlin’” (Sugarland) joins the growing writer and creative staff of the Nashville based independent music publishing company. Wide Open also acquires Owens’s Conejos Music catalog which features three songs from Brad Paisley’s American Saturday Night album.

“Anyone that knows Tim, knows the power of his contagious energy and talent,” says Derek George. “His success as a co-writer with several of the biggest artists in Country Music is not a mystery. I am so happy to officially welcome my great friend to the Wide Open family!”

“I could not be more excited about becoming a part of the growing momentum at Wide Open,” says Owens. “Between Derek and Keithan at Wide Open and Martha and Mike with Elevation, I am surrounded by an incredible team and look forward to much success together.

New Alliance Announced

Elevation Music Publishing and Wide Open Music Group have announced a new alliance between the two Nashville-based music publishing operations.

Through a shared services arrangement, Elevation Creative Principals Mike Molinar and Martha Earls are joining with Wide Open’s creative team to provide catalog and songwriter representation, as well as creative consultation. Elevation will also relocate to Wide Open’s headquarters at 54 Music Square East, Ste. 390, Nashville, TN, 37203. Phone number and e-mails contacts will remain the same.

“Life On Ya”

2009 American Idol 2nd runner up Danny Gokey’s debut album My Best Days will include “Life On Ya” written by Wide Open’s Chuck Jones with Jeffrey Steele and Tom Hambridge.  The Album, produced by Mark Bright, is scheduled to be released March 2nd, 2010 on RCA Records Nashville.  Click here to pre order your copy from iTunes!

“Sweet September”

Written by Derek George & Neil Thrasher, Williams Riley’s new single “Sweet September” is due to hit radio late March.  You can hear the song at their website.

SAINTS WIN!!!

Williams Riley has released a new version of “The Who Dat Roll” to celebrate the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl win!  The band is giving a portion of the proceeds to the Katrina Relief Fund.  It is available for download from the iTunes music store

“The Who Dat Roll”

Written by Wide Open’s Travis Thibodaux with Gary Thibodaux and Shea Michaels, “The Who Dat Roll”, recorded by Williams Riley, is a rallying party song for the NFL franchise the New Orleans Saints.  Shot in front of the majestic Louisiana Superdome, the song’s music video features a Williams Riley performance, colorful Saints fans celebrating their team, and lots of hard-hitting footage shot during games this winning season.  To view “The Who Dat Roll” video, click here!