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SONY/ATV UPS AUDRY J. ASHBY
1/19/21

Sony/ATV has upped Audrey J. Ashby to SVP, Business Affairs and Catalog. Based in the company’s N.Y. office, Ashby reports to EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Peter Brodsky.

As SVP, Ashby manages the relationships with Sony/ATV legacy songwriters and catalogues like Valerie Simpson, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Pete Moore, Marvin Gaye, Ron Miller and Sandy Linzer, among others.

Her responsibilities include fostering and maintaining relationships, extending existing agreements and negotiating new contracts.

“I am so happy to congratulate Audrey on this well-deserved promotion. With her decades of experience and deep relationships with some of our most important legacy songwriters and catalogues, Audrey is truly an irreplaceable member of our team,” shared Brodsky.

“The music business is an amazing field, and every day brings new opportunities. I want to thank Sony for this opportunity, and I look forward to earning continued success with Jon, Peter, and our incredible songwriters,” added Ashby.

With over 3 decades of experience, Ashby first started at CBS Songs, which later became SBK and then EMI. She became VP, Copyright Administration and Research in 2002 before leading the copyright department. While still at EMI, Ashby moved to business affairs then joined Sony/ATV’s business affairs team when EMI was acquired by the company.

PEYTAN PORTER INKS WITH JODY WILLIAMS SONGS AND WCM
1/19/21


23-year-old singer/songwriter Peytan Porter has inked her first publishing deal with Jody Williams Songs, in partnership with Warner Chappell Music.

The Dawsonville, Ga. native moved to Nashville in 2016 to attend Lipscomb University, where she sought out collaborators and co-writers outside the organized writing rooms of Music Row. Alongside her fellow up-and-coming writers, Porter honed her own style, leading her to JWS. 

“The first time she performed for us in the office I was moved to tears, asking her to repeat a second verse just to take in it a bit longer. It’s exciting to have this opportunity to help someone with her natural talent realize her goals as a songwriter and artist,” said JWS Founder, Jody Williams.

“Peytan has an infectious spirit that undoubtedly translates into her songwriting. We are fortunate to get to work with someone who has such a defined sense of self,” added Nina Jenkins, JWS Creative Director.

“The opportunity to now work with Jody Williams Songs and the Warner Chappell family feels like a long-awaited exhale,” shared Porter. “I knew from our first conversations that Jody and Nina are truly song-first people, and I feel fortunate to get to create in a space that advocates for excellent songwriting as it’s not just what I do, it’s who I am.”

JWS is home to the likes of four-time Grammy nominee Ashley McBryde, Driver Williams, Nathan Chapman, Jeremy Spillman, Greg Bates and Jason Nix, as well as Pat McLaughlin in a writer management/publishing role.

Seen just before tapping a keg to celebrate are (L-R) WCM Nashville A&R Director Spencer Nohe, Jenkins, Porter, Williams and WCM Nashville President/CEO Ben Vaughn,

CAMELPHAT RE-UPS WITH SONY/ATV U.K.
1/19/21


Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K.
has renewed its global deal and launched a joint publishing venture with multi-platinum production duo CamelPhat.

Consisting of Mike Di Scala and Dave Whelan, the pair is best known for songs like the Grammy and Ivor Novello-nominated “Cola” with Elderbrook, as well as their many contributions to the electronic and dance scene. CamelPhat has also collaborated with artists like Jake Bugg, Rhodes, Noel Gallagher and Yannis Philippakis of Foals.

Recently, CamelPhat saw success with the release of their debut album, Dark Matter. The 21-track collection featured new songs with the likes of Skream and Gallagher, while also including several of their previous hits such as “Easier” f/LOWES and “Be Someone” with Bugg.

“David and Mike are heroes in the electronic/dance world, and it is a true honour for us to officialise and step up our relationship. Outside of their CamelPhat artist act, they have been excelling in songwriting and in production, but also in A&R and collaborating with and for other artists.” shared Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. President, Co-Managing Director, David Ventura.

“We're really happy to continue working with David and his team,” added CamelPhat. “We're really excited to make it official, and with our own publishing imprint, it was important for us to help find and nurture the new, fresh and emerging talent. We look forward to what the future holds together.”

“The passion, expertise and energy of David Ventura and his team made this an easy decision to make and were excited to see the journey unfold,” said Anton Powers, Manager, CamelPhat Music.