Carla Wallace
Carla Wallace

Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music

Hits With Bite
It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for Luke Bryan; "Blown Away," which peaked at No. 2 for Carrie Underwood; and "Love's Gonna Make It Alright," which George Strait took to No. 3.

My Mentor: "I've been fortunate the past fifteen years to share this business with my partner, Terry O'Neill. He has taught me so much, and encouraged me to build a creative home for music - with no boundaries. He taught me to be fair with people in the deals I do with people, and also that this is a long race. It's not about one place in life, or winning this one award. It's so long, you're going to run into these people so many times, so be fair. The first five years, I thought I knew it all already, so I didn't listen to him, but the last ten, I've perked up and realized this guy knows what he's doing"

"I have a blast every day," Wallace says. "Since January, we have had songs on the chart every week." Aside from the aforementioned hits, she adds that "we had singles from Gloriana, Lady Antebellum and the new Darius Rucker single, 'True Believers.'" Big Yellow Dog Music also has three songs on Tim McGraw's upcoming label debut for Big Machine. The publisher achieved more than 15 TV placements and placed songs in major films including "The Bourne Legacy." Internationally, the company has a song on Susan Boyle's current album and in the musical about the U.K. singer's life. "I keep thinking that it can't get any better, and it does," Wallace says. "It's [about] developing new talent and finding the next big writer, artist or producer."