Billboard’s No. 1 Country Songwriter of 2013 Re-Signs with Award-Winning Publishers
Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, together with joint venture publishing partner Combustion Music, today announced that they have extended their worldwide co-publishing agreement with top-charting country songwriter Ashley Gorley. Named the No. 1 Country Songwriter of 2013 by Billboard, Gorley has penned 13 No. 1 singles, most recently scoring with Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” and Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”
"Combustion and Warner/Chappell are like family to me, and I've loved working with them over the years," said Gorley. "I can't imagine a better scenario for me as a writer than to move forward with these guys. I couldn't be happier."
“Ashley is a master of crafting hit songs, and his track record is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Ben Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Warner/Chappell Music Nashville. “The dedication and focus he puts into his music is beyond appreciated by both his fellow songwriters and the public alike. It’s an honor to have Ashley in the Warner/Chappell family, and I’m thrilled to join with our friends at Combustion music in renewing this wonderful partnership.”
"Ashley's incredibly unique combination of songwriting talent and market focus is unparalleled in today's popular music,” said Chris Farren, President, Combustion Music. “I am proud to have worked with him side by side for the past 13 years and look forward to many more successes together."
Gorley has written chart-topping songs for an array of stars including Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, and Billy Currington. To date, he has written over 100 songs recorded by over 50 artists. He also co-wrote Will Hoge’s “Strong,” currently being used in Chevy’s 2014 Silverado advertising campaign.
The recipient of numerous industry honors, Gorley has won ten ASCAP awards, including 2009 “Country Songwriter of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” for “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins. He is a two-time recipient of the CMA “Triple Play” award, which recognizes writers with three No. 1 songs in a single year. Gorley is a two-time Grammy nominee for “Country Song of the Year,” and has earned two CMA “Song of the Year” nominations. He was also named one of Billboard’s Top Ten Writers of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2012.
Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 40 countries, Warner/Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. With a history dating back more than 200 years, Warner/Chappell currently publishes and administers music from Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, fun., Gamble & Huff, Green Day, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Miramax Films, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, Roc Nation, Stephen Sondheim, T.I., Timbaland and Wayne Hector, among many others.
About Combustion Music
Combustion Music is an independent music publishing company founded in 2001 by songwriter/producer Chris Farren, The company has since gone on to build a reputation for being one of the most successful, and diverse independent publishers in Nashville, garnering over 35 No. 1 songs in six different genres, including two ASCAP Song Of The Year awards and three Grammy Song Of The Year nods. Combustion has represented the catalogs of Ashley Gorley, Blair Daly, Matthew West, Brett James, Kings of Leon, Gordie Sampson and many other incredible songwriters.
Source: Warner/Chappell Music