Hailey Whitters Signs Co-Management Deal With BRND MGMT and Make Wake Artists: Exclusive

 Kurt Ozan
Chris Kappy, Hailey Whitters and Matt Graham

Nashville singer/songwriter Hailey Whitters has signed a co-management deal, Billboard has exclusively learned. The singer will be represented by Matt Graham of BRND MGMT (Midland) and Chris Kappy of Make Wake Artists (Luke Combs).

Whitters, who has had cuts by Little Big Town (“Happy People”), Alan Jackson (“The Older I Get”) and Martina McBride (“The Real Thing”), among others, has been managing herself along with boyfriend Jake Gear, who works at BMG publishing and produced her forthcoming record.

“As an admirer of both Matt & Kappy's approach, I couldn’t have found a more complementary management partnership to execute my vision and deliver my music to fans,” Whitters tells Billboard. “I’m thrilled to embark on this next chapter and see the places we'll go.”

Graham and Kappy have been longtime friends for the past 15 years and were looking for a project to partner on together. Both interested in signing Whitters, they decided to combine their skills and team up as managers.

“Kappy and I plan to continue executing the rollout that Hailey has so brilliantly begun on her own. While we recognize the extreme importance of having a record label partner in country music, we have no intention of slowing her incredible momentum,” Graham says. “We want to make sure whoever we choose as a label partner is the perfect fit. In the meantime, we will continue to roll out new music, and are excited to use our relationships and experience to continue to fan the flames of excitement with her fans and wider music industry.”

Adds Kappy, “When I first heard Hailey’s new album, I knew I wanted to be part of the team. The songwriting is second to none, but the delivery and production of the entire work was so well thought out and arranged, that I knew her heart and soul was in this project. When you find that sort of combination, you do everything you can to be a part of it…Can’t wait to dig into this next adventure with Matt and Hailey.”

Whitters will spend the majority of 2019 on the road as she works as opener for Lori McKennaMaren Morris and Brent Cobb. Her forthcoming album, The Dream, is due later this year.