Hillary Lindsey, currently among Nashville’s most consistent songwriters, has entered into a new global publishing deal that continues her six-year relationship with BMG in partnership with upstart indie Rezonant Music, the Billboard has learned exclusively.
The deal brings together several partners with a natural bond. BMG Nashville executive vp Kos Weaver was formerly employed by Rezonant CEO/co-founder Tim Wipperman when both were at Warner/Chappell. In their current roles, they’re able to blend the strength of BMG’s multi-national presence with the boutique focus of the smaller Rezonant, established in August 2016.
Lindsey, who first came to prominence as one of the writers behind Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” signed with BMG in October 2010 and logged a series of enviable successes. She shared the Country Music Association’s song of the year trophy for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” earned two Golden Globe nominations and an Oscar nomination for contributions to Country Strong and The Chronicles of Narnia, and nabbed a Grammy nomination for best country song this year with Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
“Hillary, to me, had a Hall of Fame songwriter career before she got to BMG, and it’s hit a whole ‘nother trajectory since she’s been here,” Weaver says. “As often happens with a songwriter that’s got that level of success, one of the things that they’re interested in doing is selling a catalog, and I was just thrilled that I was able to do that with Tim, and to keep that creative juggernaut going with her and with a partner that I know will also be able to aid in that.”
She currently has two songs in the top 20 of Country Airplay: Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good” and Florida Georgia Line’s collaboration with Backstreet Boys, “God, Your Mama, And Me.” Additionally, Lindsey wrote a number of the titles on Lady Gaga’s Joanne, including “Million Reasons.”
“When you talk to an elite writer, they bring a certain unique perspective to your mind’s ear,” Wipperman says. “It’s no different than a [Claude] Monet or a [Paul] Cezanne as a painter brings unique perspective to the canvas they paint. Hillary brings her own unique perspective to the song and to the auditory canvas. And she does it in spades.”
The deal provides joint ownership of Lindsey’s past catalog and of her future compositions. It also provides Lindsey the ability to groom other songwriters through her own publishing venture, if she chooses to do that.
The BMG/Rezonant partnership also sets a precedent for potential future deals with other writers.
UPDATE: This article was updated to remove Blake Shelton among artists for whom Lindsey has written for.