Pat Higdon, whose industry credits include a recent stint as president of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville, is teaming with SONGS Music Publishing to re-launch the publishing company that he created in 1989, called Patrick Joseph Music.

Higdon stepped aside from UMPG Nashville in 2011 after twelve years as president and decided to revive PJM, which had initially started as a partnership with Warner/Chappell. The new company will align with SONGS in a push to sign new writers as well as further the careers of such writers as Matraca Berg (Trisha Yearwood), Tim Mensy (Reba McEntire), and Troy Verges (Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw), among others.

"I'm excited about getting back to the creative end of the business which I enjoy the most," said Higdon in a statement. "I was looking for a partner that shared the same vision for signing and developing songwriters and artists -- the vision of a long term, creative focus and a marriage of old school and new era publishing approach. With SONGS, I know I've found just the right partner."

SONGS represents a stable of writers that includes Diplo, Q-Tip, Conor Oberst, and many more, and is based jointly in L.A. and New York.

"Pat is widely recognized as one of Nashville's most successful music publishers, and he has an incredible, illustrious history as an independent publisher and entrepreneur," said SONGS founder/CEO Matt Pincus in a statement. "It's a pleasure and honor to be in business with Pat, re-launching the great Patrick Joseph Music as a destination for writers in Nashville."