Spirit Music Group has promoted Frank Rogers to chief creative officer of the company, in addition to his current role as CEO of Spirit Music Nashville, to which he was named in 2019. In this global role, Nashville-based Rogers will oversee Spirit Music Group’s creative initiatives spanning all genres, in addition to continuing his work overseeing Spirit Music Nashville’s operational activities.
During his career, Rogers has worked not only as a music publishing exec, but also a producer and songwriter with 44 No. 1 singles and over 60 RIAA-certified multi-platinum, platinum and gold records or singles, for artists including Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and more. Rogers has earned 18 Country Music Association nominations (and one win), and has been named Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Producer five times and was named to Billboard’s Country Power Players list in 2020 and 2022.
In 2016, Spirit Music Group inked a multi-faceted deal with Rogers and his company Fluid Music Revolution to form the Spirit/Fluid joint venture, with Spirit acquiring Rogers’ one-third interest in certain copyrights of Sea Gayle Music. Rogers also joined Spirit’s songwriter roster and the company exclusively administers all of his new compositions globally.
Over the past year, 70 percent of the Spirit Music Nashville writer roster has enjoyed at least one charted single, as well as an ACM single of the year honor (“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” from Jonathan Singleton). The company has received four CMA nominations for single of the year, song of the year, album of the year, and musical event of the year, and took home six ASCAP Country awards.
During his time at Spirit Music Group, Rogers has also acquired several master recordings of Tim McGraw, including “Highway Don’t Care,” and “Humble and Kind.” Spirit Music Group also recently acquired the artist’s portion of the masters for Jason Aldean. The acquisition also includes neighbouring rights and SoundExchange royalties, while Aldean’s recording label home, BBR Music Group, retains their catalog rights and certain distribution rights. Spirit Music Nashville also acquired part of the publishing catalog of hit songwriters Singleton and David Garcia, while Rogers also landed high-profile signings including Joy Williams, Nathan Barlowe, Dave Cohen, and formed a joint venture with Derek Wells.
“I am honored to continue and to expand my relationship with Spirit Music Group. Jon Singer, Ross Cameron and Joe Borrino have been great partners over the last several years and I look forward to continuing to build on Spirit’s impressive foundation. I am excited to work with all of Spirit’s songwriters and staff with the goal of expanding our global presence while making Spirit Music Group the preeminent independent music publisher in the world,” Rogers said in a statement.
“What Frank has accomplished with Spirit Music Nashville is a great example of what a music publishing community firing on all cylinders can accomplish and we look forward to seeing him apply his creative strategy throughout our global offices,” said Jon Singer, chairman, Spirit Music Group, added.
“Frank’s experience speaks for itself. He’s a consummate music publishing executive and a true music man who understands every facet of the music publishing business. We are thrilled that Frank has chosen to continue building on his history of success with Spirit Music Group,” added Joe Borrino, COO/CFO, Spirit Music Group.