Congratulating 2017 AIMP Award Winners Kelly Archer and Big Yellow Dog

Congratulations to Kelly Archer, who won Rising Independent Songwriter of the Year at the 2017 AIMP Nashville Awards, as well as our partners Big Yellow Dog Music, who won Publisher of the Year!

PC (top and above): Katie Kauss

Kelly joined the Downtown roster, along with partner RED Creative Group, two years ago. After coming on board, she has been on a major hot streak with 3 hit singles in Canada and, more recently, four songs on the country singles charts since March of 2016 with Cassadee Pope, Brett Young, Justin Moore, and Chris Lane. Kelly was also just named a SOCAN Award Recipient for her Top 10 Jess Moskaluke co-write “Take Me Home.”

Just last fall she scored her first #1 with her co-write on the Brett Young single “Sleep Without You” and her latest co-writes “Somebody Else Will” by Justin Moore and “For Her” by Chris Lane are currently climbing the charts.

Our VP of A&R at Downtown Nashville, Steve Markland, shares his reaction and our back story with Kelly: “Multi-talented veteran writer Kelly Archer happened to be looking for a new pub deal right about the time when we opened the Downtown Nashville office, so the timing was impeccable. Kelly has the support of the Nashville writing community for being an amazing writer over the past 10 years; she was simply overdue! She makes a publisher's job a lot easier...thank you Kelly!”



An equally well-deserving win for our client and prominent independent music publishing and artist development company, Big Yellow Dog Music. The Nashville-based company represents top songwriters including Meghan Trainor, Josh Kear, and Maren Morris, among many others.

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In the last year, Downtown Nashville has had seven singles on the country radio charts, including four Top 10's and two Number 1 songs. Downtown Nashville’s roster covers all facets of Nashville’s music industry from prominent singer-songwriters like Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Rosanne Cash to veteran writers like Marc Beeson, Kendell Marvel, and Kelly herself.

Our Downtown Nashville office has also focused on identifying and cultivating up and coming writers, artists, and producers including Andy Albert, Jillian Jacqueline, Sara Haze, Sam Ashworth, Tony Esterly, and John Moreland, who just released his new album Big Bad Luv on 4AD last week to rave reviews.