Warner Chappell Music has announced a new partnership with Limited Edition Music, LLC to sign and develop emerging songwriters in the alternative, rock, pop, and alternative country spaces.
Greg Sowders, WCM’s SVP of A&R and Catalog, will continue in his current role, while also leading Limited Edition Music alongside former WCM A&R executive, Marc Wilson.
Alternative pop/punk singer and songwriter Emmyn Calleiro, from the band Games We Play, and rising country artist Bailey Callahan are the first signings through the new Warner Chappell Music and Limited Edition Music publishing partnership.
Games We Play is signed to Fueled by Ramen / DCD2 Records, and released their major-label debut EP, Get A Job, in 2022.
Callahan is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who has performed with the likes of Hunter Hayes, Eric Church, Billy Ray Cyrus, and more. She released her self-titled EP in 2017 and her album The A & B Sides in 2021.
During his time at WCM, the company says that Sowders has helped establish and maintain the company’s alternative and rock roster, signing and working with artists and writers like Twenty One Pilots, Greta Van Fleet, Travis Barker, Paramore, Tyler Childers, Billy Corgan, Portugal. The Man, Deftones, All Time Low, Orville Peck, and Nickelback, among many others.
Sowders began his musical career in 1981 as the drummer for the Los Angeles alternative country pioneers, The Long Ryders, and continues to perform with them today.
With almost 20 years of experience, Marc Wilson was previously with WCM for a number of years and helped sign and build a multi-genre roster that included Lizzo, Steve Aoki, Ian Kirkpatrick, Sean Douglas, Sam DeRosa, Alec Benjamin, and more.
In 2020, he launched United Songs Entertainment, which exclusively manages songwriters and producers. They currently represent Cate Downey and Zoë Moss.
“Greg has been a key fixture at Warner Chappell for more than three decades and has dedicated his career to building out a star-studded alternative and rock roster.”
Guy Moot, Warner Chappell Music
Guy Moot, WCM Co-Chair and CEO, said: “Greg has been a key fixture at Warner Chappell for more than three decades and has dedicated his career to building out a star-studded alternative and rock roster.
“This is the perfect opportunity for him to continue to lead those efforts while also working with more emerging writers alongside Marc.”
“Limited Edition Music will be a home for emerging artists and writers, within the incredible WCM ecosystem.”
Sowders added: “Working with Guy, Carianne, and Ryan is a total joy. I’ve been a part of the Warner Chappell family for over 30 years, and I’m ready to continue this amazing journey by re-uniting with my long-time friend and creative partner Marc Wilson.
“Limited Edition Music will be a home for emerging artists and writers, within the incredible WCM ecosystem. I can’t imagine a better place to launch Limited Edition Music, while staying fully dedicated to Warner Chappell. Our band just got even better!”
“Greg is one of the best creatives in the business and serves as a true partner to his songwriters.”
Ryan Press, WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC
Ryan Press, WCM President, North America, added: “Greg is one of the best creatives in the business and serves as a true partner to his songwriters.
“I’m super proud to be able to support him and Marc, who I’ve also worked with for a long time, and continue to nurture the next generation of hitmakers together.”
“As a former, long-time veteran of WCM, I couldn’t be more excited to come home and continue to work with some of the best creatives in the world, alongside my friend and mentor, Greg Sowders.”
Marc Wilson, Limited Edition Music
Wilson added: “Our mission at Limited Edition Music is to give our songwriters and artists a hands-on platform to grow and achieve success.
“As a former, long-time veteran of WCM, I couldn’t be more excited to come home and continue to work with some of the best creatives in the world, alongside my friend and mentor, Greg Sowders.
“Greg is an absolute legend in the music business and his vast wealth of knowledge is invaluable. I can’t thank Guy, Carianne, and Ryan enough for this opportunity!”
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