Sony/ATV Nashville signs Grammy-winning songwriter Josh Kear to worldwide publishing deal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has signed Josh Kear to a global publishing agreement.

Josh Kear, based in Nashville, is a four-time Grammy winning songwriter known for creating legendary No.1 singles including Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood, God Your Mama and Me by Florida Georgia Line, Drunk on a Plane by Dierks Bentley, Need You Now by Lady A, and Drinking Class by Lee Brice.

He has earned several RIAA multi-platinum certifications, top spots in the Billboard Hot 100, and won numerous ACM and ASCAP Awards. He is also the only songwriter to win the “Country Song of the Year” Grammy three times.

Kear has written singles including Women, Amen by Dierks Bentley, Most People Are Good by Luke Bryan, and Highway Don’t Care by Tim McGraw, ft. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

Kear’s songs have been featured in countless television shows including The Bachelorette, Glee, The Glee Project, and The Voice.

His music is also featured in films such as Zero Dark Thirty and Country Strong.

In addition to his success as a songwriter, Kear plays an important role in songwriter advocacy, and joined the NSAI Board of Directors in 2019.

Recently, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018 in support of the Music Modernization Act (MMA).

“I’m thrilled to welcome Josh to the Sony/ATV family and to deliver the best opportunities for his music.”

Rusty Gaston, Sony/ATV Nashville

Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said: “Josh is truly one of a kind – his songs have elevated the standards of country music, and they convey genuine emotion that everyone can relate to.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Josh to the Sony/ATV family and to deliver the best opportunities for his music.”

“Rusty Gaston and the entire Sony/ATV team are passionate about great songs and making a difference in people’s lives. I look forward to contributing to the best of my ability to this legacy.”

Josh Kear

Josh Kear added: “I consider it a great honor to join Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The song catalog at this company is pure country music history at its best.

“Rusty Gaston and the entire Sony/ATV team are passionate about great songs and making a difference in people’s lives. I look forward to contributing to the best of my ability to this legacy.”Music Business Worldwide

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