Songwriter Ashley Gorley signs global deal with Sony Music Publishing, Domain Capital Group

Songwriter Ashley Gorley has signed a global deal with Sony Music Publishing and Domain Capital Group that will encompass the writer’s entire catalog as well as future compositions.

Throughout his career, Gorley, 45, has written dozens of hits for country artists including Lady A, Luke Bryan, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Meghan Patrick, Dierks Bentley, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker and many more. In addition to working in the country music world, Gorley has co-written tracks for bands like Bon Jovi, Weezer, and Big Time Rush.

“I’ve been a fan of Ashley Gorley’s songwriting since the late ’90s when we both attended Belmont University,” SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said in a statement about his long-standing relationship with the songwriter. “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.

Front row (left to right): Rusty Gaston, CEO of SMP Nashville, Jon Platt, CEO of SMP, Ashley Gorley and Pete Chiappetta, MD of the estate. Back row (left to right): Rod Riley, Estate Special Advisor, Megan Pekar, Loeb & Loeb Partner, John Rolfe, SMP Vice President of Commercial Affairs, Cam Caldwell, Estate Assistant Vice President for Investments, Isabela Salas and Loeb & Loeb co-office administrative partner for Nashville Derek Crownover. (Photo: Sony Music)

Gorley has been named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year eight times. In 2021, Gorley also won his second ASCAP Song of the Year award for Lee Brice’s 2020 single “One of Them Girls” – a sequel to his first ASCAP Song of the Year honor for “One Man Band” from Old Dominion.

A year earlier, the songwriter scored his 50th No. 1 single with LoCash’s “One Big Country Song” and has since surpassed the milestone with 55 chart-toppers.

“Domain and Sony Music Publishing have a deep respect and understanding of the value of songs,” Gorley said. “I am grateful to Pete [Pete Chiappetta of Domain] and the rest of the Domaine team for their confidence in me.

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