Songwriter Ashley Gorley has signed a global deal with Sony Music Publishing, in partnership with Domain Capital Group. The deal includes Gorley’s full catalog of songs, as well as future compositions.
One of country music’s most prolific and successful songwriters, Gorley has penned 59 No. 1 singles and over 400 released songs by artists including Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Bon Jovi, Weezer, and more. Some of his more recent #1 Country Airplay hits include “You Should Probably Leave” (recorded by Chris Stapleton), “Sand In My Boots” (Morgan Wallen) and “What’s Your Country Song” (Thomas Rhett).
Sony declined to give details of the new pact, including the length of the tenure and whether it is an administrative or co-publishing deal. Domain Capital Group is based in Atlanta and invests in a number of platforms, including media and entertainment.
Gorley was previously aligned with Round Hill Music, announcing the deal in 2018.
“Domain and Sony Music Publishing have a deep respect and understanding of the value of songs,” Gorley said in a statement. “I am grateful to Pete and the rest of The Estate team for their confidence in me. I am especially delighted to be joining forces with longtime friends Jon Platt, Rusty Gaston, Cam Caldwell and the rest of the Sony staff I can’t wait to start this next chapter!
Gorley was appointed Billboardfive-time Best Country Songwriter and five-time Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriter of the Year. He has also been honored as ASCAP Songwriter of the Year eight times. Last year, he won iHeartRadio’s All Genre Songwriter of the Year award and is nominated again in that category in 2022. ), “Then” (Brad Paisley) and “Dirt on My Boots” (Jon Pardy).
Separately, Gorley runs the publishing company Tape Room Music, whose songwriter list has scored more than 30 No. 1 songs.
“Ashley Gorley is undeniably one of the most talented, hardworking and acclaimed songwriters in the world,” said Domain Capital Group’s Managing Director. Pete Chiappetta in a report. “We are thrilled to see what he will accomplish next with Jon, Rusty, Cam and the rest of the incredible team at Sony. It is an honor to partner with such a passionate and respected group of professionals.
“I’ve been a fan of Ashley Gorley’s songwriting since the late ’90s when we both attended Belmont University,” the CEO of Sony Music Publishing Nashville added. Gaston Rusty. “He’s a real connoisseur of music in every sense of the word. His diverse influences combined with his genuine heart led to his songs defining the soundtrack of country music. Sony Music Publishing is very proud to partner with Ashley and our friends at Domain Capital to champion this next step in their historic songwriting journey.
Gorley was represented in the transaction by Derek Crownover, John Rolfe and Megan Pekar of Loeb & Loeb, LLP. Domain Capital Group was represented by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.