Spirit Music Group Aquires Nashville-Based Cal IV Entertainment

Eric Adkins
Eric Paslay

Spirit Music Group has acquired Cal IV Entertainment, a Nashville-based indie music publisher, production and artist management company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move gives Spirit Music a presence in Nashville and will see Cal IV president Daniel Hill appointed president of Spirit Music Nashville. The rest of the Cal IV staff, including VP of creative Billy Lynn, will stay on board with Spirit Music Nashville.

"The acquisition of Cal IV represents a “trifecta” for Spirit, adding great catalog including important pop and country copyrights, hot writers and artists and an incredible staff, lead by successful veterans Daniel Hill and Billy Lynn, to build upon an incredibly solid foundation," Spirit Music chairman David Renzer said in a statement. "We couldn’t be more excited about this significant step for Spirit as we accelerate the company’s growth.”

The company's catalog includes numerous hit records, including Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy,” Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By” and Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor.”


Cal IV's current songwriter roster includes Jim Collins, Rose Falcon, Eric Knutson, Eric Paslay, Matt Singleton and Brittany Taylor. The catalog also includes songs by former Cal IV writers such as Dave Berg, Jim McBride, Idie Blackmon, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Trent Tomlinson, Holly Lamar, Georgia Middleman, and Ted Russell Kamp.

The company's catalog includes numerous hit records including Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy,” Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By” and Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor,” “Rewind” performed by Rascal Flatts, “Angel Eyes” performed by Love And Theft, and “It Ain’t Pretty” performed by Lady Antebellum.

In a statement, Hill, who reports to Renzer, said."Joining forces with Spirit Music will create synergies that individually we could not attain, and will enable us to take the catalog and our songwriters to a whole new level of success."


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