Morgan Wallen and Warner Chappell Music have agreed on a new global publishing deal. Part of this deal means that Wallen will now have the opportunity to work with and sign songwriters also in partnership with Warner Chappell Music
“I look forward to working with Warner Chappell as my new music publishing partner and would like to thank them for also offering support in signing songwriters I believe in,” Wallen said. “In many ways, I feel like I’ve always been a songwriter first, and because of that, the publishing community is especially close to my heart.”
This new deal with Warner Chappell Music opens up Wallen to work with new people as a songwriter and does not pertain to his current recording catalog. He’ll also be able to bring new people to Warner now that he’s signed there. He’s still signed to Big Loud Records as a recording artist, who also manage Wallen as their client.
“When you listen to the craftsmanship of songs that Morgan is writing, such as the modern-day classics ‘7 Summers’ and ‘Thought You Should Know,’ and the impactful songs he’s written for other artists like ‘You Make It Easy’ (Jason Aldean) and ‘Wild as Her’ (Corey Kent), you start to understand that the man from East Tennessee is quickly becoming one of the most important songwriters of this generation,” Ben Vaughn, President & CEO, Warner Chappell Music Nashville told Music Row.
Wallen was announced as the Songwriter of the Year at the 2023 BMI Awards. Wallen has had a piece in writing multi-platinum hits like “Chasin’ You,” “7 Summers,” “You Proof” and “Thought You Should Know.” He’s also had songs cut by Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and others that have gone on to become huge hits.
“Morgan’s songwriting style has been original and distinct from the beginning and it is so exciting to get to work with someone who has seen massive commercial success built on authenticity,” adds Jessi Vaughn Stevenson, Sr. Director, A&R and Digital, Warner Chappell Music Nashville.
Morgan Wallen was at the forefront of country music’s most commercially successful year in decades. His album One Thing At A Time totaled up nearly six billion individual audio streams across platforms since its release in March, totaling 5,979,417,186 as of November 23, 2023. This was nearly double the #2 album that year, SZA’s S.O.S.. “Last Night” claimed the top spot on Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart. It was the longest-running #1 song this year spending 16 non-consecutive weeks atop the chart