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Sony Music Publishing and Black River Publishing Ink Global Publishing Admin Deal

Sony Music Publishing will work with Black River's publishing catalog.

Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Black River Publishing have entered into a global publishing administration agreement, with Sony Music Publishing providing global services to Black River’s publishing catalog, covering songs by Kelsea Ballerini, as well as artist-writers MaRynn Taylor, Josiah Siska, Anna Vaus and Abby Anderson, and many more.

Since launching 12 years ago, Black River Publishing has been a publisher on numerous No. 1 songs, as well as Grammy Award-winning compositions such as best country song winner “Merry Go ‘Round” in 2013 and best contemporary Christian performance/song for for King & Country’s “God Only Knows” in 2019.


Black River Publishing’ roster includes Black River recording artists Josiah Siska, MaRynn Taylor, and Josh Wilson; artist-writers Pryor Baird, Hannah Kerr, and Bryan Simpson; songwriter/producers Bobby Huff, Blake Ruby, Dan Wilson, and Jason Earley; and Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and artist Josh Kerr. Black River’s catalog includes hit-songwriter/Black River recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, artist-writers Abby Anderson and Anna Vaus; songwriters Doug Johnson, Forest Glen Whitehead, Jacob Davis and Josh Osborne.

“Black River Publishing and our amazingly talented roster of writers are thrilled to be joining forces with our friends at Sony Music Publishing,” said Black River vp of publishing Rebekah Gordon. “The passion for music and songwriters on both the creative and administrative teams is unmatched. I’m looking forward to celebrating many successes together.”

Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston added, “Independent music publishers play a vital role in our Music Row community, and Black River has done an amazing job of identifying and developing some of the biggest hit songwriters in Nashville. It is an honor for Sony Music Publishing to support Black River in their efforts.”