Nashville-based independent publishing company Mojo Music & Media has acquired a 50% interest in the publishing catalog of songwriter Bob Morrison.
The company has also acquired the writer share, artist and record royalties of writer, artist and actor Jerry Reed.
As Mojo previously owned Reed’s publishing catalog, the company says that this additional acquisition gives it “complete control of the icon’s legacy of works”.
The Morrison deal brings 76 country and pop chart singles including such standards as Johnny Lee’s Lookin’ For Love, Kenny Rogers’ Love The World Away, Conway Twitty’s Don’t Call Him A Cowboy, Highway 101’s Whiskey If You Were A Woman and The Chicks’ Tonight The Heartache’s On Me.
The Reed acquisition features 50 singles spanning three decades including Amos Moses, Guitar Man, A Thing Called Love, When You’re Hot You’re Hot and East Bound And Down.
In the three years during which Mojo has owned Reed’s publishing catalog, the company says that its creative team have landed multiple syncs including I Feel For You in NBC’s Good Girls, East Bound And Down in a national advertising campaign for Hyundai and When You’re Hot You’re Hot in summer season spots for Chevrolet.
Guitar Man will also appear in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Elvis biopic.
The acquisition by Mojo Music follows the December 2021 purchase of the complete publishing catalog of Irish songwriter and producer Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee for an undisclosed sum.
The Morrison and Reed deals also follow a series of acquisitions by Mojo over the last year with Country music songwriters including Terry McBride, Tom Shapiro, George Teren and Pat McManus.
“Bob and Jerry, through their envelope-pushing writing, musicianship and drive, helped Country music win millions of new fans.”
Mark Fried, Mojo
Mark Fried, Mojo’s Co-Founder and CEO, said: “Our joint venture with Bob Morrison and 360 legacy deal with Jerry Reed’s daughters underscore Mojo’s commitment to partnering with the most beloved and influential songwriters and writer/artists in every genre.
“Bob and Jerry, through their envelope-pushing writing, musicianship and drive, helped Country music win millions of new fans and expand its influence in film and television and we’re proud to have already begun revitalizing their songs and amplifying their collective achievements.”
“I’ve had the good fortune to work with great music people. I have the same feeling about the folks at MOJO.”
Bob Morrison, added: “I’ve had the good fortune to work with great music people. I have the same feeling about the folks at MOJO.
“They’re real song fans, we’ve got a true partnership, and I’m really excited about the adventure we’re about to go on.”
“It means the world to us!”
Lottie Zavala (Reed’s daughter)
Lottie Zavala, Reed’s daughter, said: “Seidina and I are extremely grateful to Mark and everyone at Mojo for loving Dad and wanting to keep his music and memory alive.
“It means the world to us! And we couldn’t be more excited about all the media projects we’re working on together to make sure his songs and story continue to entertain and inspire future fans.”Music Business Worldwide