Introducing Roc Nation Nashville
NEW ROC NATION NASHVILLE DIVISION PARTNERS WITH WARNER/CHAPPELL & JESSE FRASURE
SONGWRITER/PRODUCER/PUBLISHER JESSE FRASURE INKS DEAL TO LAUNCH RHYTHM HOUSE
Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill Upped to VP of A&R, Working Across Companies
NASHVILLE, TN – June 28, 2016: Roc Nation Nashville, a newly formed division of Roc Nation, the full-service entertainment company, has entered into a publishing partnership with Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group (WMG). Under the agreement, WCM will publish Roc Nation Nashville’s music publishing repertoire. This marks the latest pact between Roc Nation and WCM, which first joined forces in 2013, when the companies signed global publishing agreements for JAY Z and Roc Nation’s music publishing roster.
Roc Nation Nashville and WCM have also established a venture with chart-topping songwriter/producer/publisher/DJ Jesse Frasure. The new venture, Rhythm House, will comprise Frasure’s own writing and production activities, as well as the signing and development of other composers and producers.
Frasure, who was most recently Vice President of A&R for Major Bob Music, has produced, co-written, or remixed releases by Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Meghan Trainor, Rascal Flatts, Who Is Fancy, Luke Bryan, Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Hot Chelle Rae, Chris Lane, The Cadillac Three, and others. Frasure recently scored three No. 1 songs as a songwriter on Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze,” Thomas Rhett’s “Crash & Burn,” and Rascal Flatts’ “I Like The Sound of That.” He also co-produced Rhett’s sophomore album, Tangled Up, with legendary producer Dann Huff. Under the pseudonym Telemitry, Frasure has spun for celebrity clients across the globe.
Coinciding with the launch of Roc Nation Nashville, WCM has upped BJ Hill to Vice President of A&R. Hill, who was most recently Senior Director of A&R, will split his time between Rhythm House and WCM. Prior to WCM, he was with Universal Music Group and Jody Williams Music. Hill is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.
Jay Brown, President, Roc Nation stated, “There is nothing like working with the right individuals, at the right time, forming the right partnership. Launching Roc Nation Nashville with Warner/Chappell Music Nashville is a natural extension of the relationship we started so many years ago, and our venture with Jesse Frasure and his Rhythm House take the possibilities to a next level. Jesse’s talent, understanding of the craft and creativity are unmatched. We’re also excited to work with BJ Hill. He has a passion and respect for artists and their artistry and we look forward to working alongside him as we grow the Roc Nation Nashville roster.”
“I am thrilled to welcome Roc Nation to Music City and to our Warner/Chappell Nashville family,” said Ben Vaughn, Executive Vice President of Warner/Chappell Music Nashville. “All of us at WCM are excited to expand our already successful relationship that started with Jon Platt, JAY Z, and Jay Brown. We’re also fortunate to work with Roc Nation’s Tamara Conniff, and are incredibly happy that Jesse Frasure is on board with the new partnership. Jesse’s one of the most creative, dynamic, and multi-talented figures on the music scene today, and his new venture is a fantastic way to help Roc Nation make the Nashville music market more diverse and exciting. To top it off, we’re excited to watch long time publishing colleague BJ Hill flourish in his expanded role.”
Frasure added, “I’m honored and grateful to begin this next chapter with partners like Roc Nation and Warner/Chappell, whom I’ve admired throughout my career. Having this opportunity—combined with having a longtime friend and industry-respected individual like BJ Hill join the Rhythm House team—is a dream come true.”
About Roc Nation
Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. It is home to a diverse roster of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers including Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, Santigold, HAIM, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more. Roc Nation also has partnerships with global management companies Three Six Zero and Philymack.
About Warner/Chappell Music
Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 40 countries, Warner/Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. Warner/Chappell, which has a history dating back more than 200 years, currently publishes and administers music from Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, fun., Gamble & Huff, Brantley Gilbert, Green Day, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Led Zeppelin, Lionsgate Films, Little Big Town, Madonna, Miramax Films, Muse, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roc Nation, Stephen Sondheim, Chris Stapleton, and Tove Lo, among many others.