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Clay Hunnicutt Exits as Big Loud Records Head

Big Loud Records' Clay Hunnicutt has stepped down as president of the Nashville independent label.

Big Loud Records’ Clay Hunnicutt has stepped down as president of the Nashville independent label.   

Hunnicutt, who appeared on Billboard’s Country Power Players list in June, confirmed the news to Billboard.   

“I leave Big Loud knowing that we started something very special and look forward to seeing how this incredible roster of artists continue to take it to the next level,” he said in statement to Music Row, which broke the news. “I’ll never forget the amazing memories made as I venture into future opportunities. Thank you to this team who defies the odds and makes Big Loud truly great.”   

The label’s Morgan Wallen topped Billboard’s Country Airplay and Country Songs charts in June with “Whiskey Glasses.” Other acts on the roster include Jake Owen, Chris Lane, Morgan Ramsey and MacKenzie Porter. 

Big Loud Records was founded by Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi, Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Seth England with Hunnicutt leading the label since its 2015 launch. He joined from iHeartMedia, where he worked more than 15 years. 


“Big Loud is grateful for our time spent with Clay (Hunnicutt) heading our Records team. He is a top-rate executive, incredible leader, and one of the hardest-working professionals we’ve ever met,” the foursome said in a statement. “Clay’s future is limitless, and we look forward to collaborating with him in the years to come. We can’t thank you enough, Clay.”

A replacement for Hunnicutt will be named, according to a representative for the label.