Atlantic Records and independent music publishing and artist development company Big Yellow Dog Music have joined forces in an exclusive label partnership.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Big Yellow Dog was founded by Co-owner/CEO Carla Wallace and Co-owner Kerry O’Neil.
Over the past two decades, the company’s roster has been recognized with numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards and 34 No.1 songs; four Song of the Year awards from ACM, BMI, and ASCAP; five ASCAP/BMI Pop awards; and many more.
The move marks Big Yellow Dog’s first label venture, and follows a publishing JV signed with Downtown last year.
The first release from the Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic partnership is the new track from rising singer/songwriter Brynn Elliott.
“Time Of Our Lives” arrives today – the same day Elliott graduates from Harvard University.
Elliott’s debut EP, slated for release later this year, will also include her breakthrough single, “Might Not Like Me,” which has already drawn more than one million streams.
The five-song EP was co-written with Grammy Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue).
“I’ve been friendly with Carla and Kerry for a while and have always been impressed by their taste, sincerity, and successful early bets on creative talent who have gone on to incredible long-term careers,” said Atlantic President of A&R Pete Ganbarg.
“The more we spoke about it, the more it seemed like a no-brainer to partner up. And the fact that literally one day after our deal closed, Carla heard Brynn’s music for the first time is such incredible synchronicity that we couldn’t have made it up if we tried. Brynn is a world-class talent who is just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s to come.
“All of us at Atlantic are thrilled to be working with both Brynn and Big Yellow Dog.”
Co-owner/CEO of Big Yellow Dog Music, Carla Wallace, said: “We couldn’t be happier to join with such a legendary label, and most importantly, to be able to work with Atlantic’s powerful team of highly innovative music lovers.
“I’m delighted to be collaborating with Pete after all these years of friendship, and thank you to Craig, Julie, and Espo for believing in this exciting partnership. I couldn’t imagine starting this deal any other way than coming out of the gate with such an inspiring artist as Brynn Elliott.”
[Pictured from left to right: Nina Webb (SVP, Marketing for Atlantic Records), Julie Greenwald (Chairman & COO, Atlantic Records), Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records), Carla Wallace (Co-Owner & COO, Big Yellow Dog), Brynn Elliott, Bruce Flohr (Red Light Management), Nathan Chapman (Producer), Katie Hoaldridge (Red Light Management)]Music Business Worldwide