Publishers attending June 3 & 4

music row publisher at songwriting workshop in nashvilleWoody Bomar,
Owner, Green Hills Music Group

Highlights of Woody’s stellar career include a string of hits as a writer including 2 #1s, managing Combine Publishing whose roster included writers like Kris Kristofferson and Tony Joe White, founding Little Big Town publishing that went on to celebrate 15 #1’s, 30 top ten singles and more than 500 major label cuts during its ten year history, and being hired as Senior Vice President of Sony ATV to reorganize and manage their Creative Department where, during his eight-year tenure, Woody and his team achieved 1,937 major label recordings including 99 top-ten singles and 46 #1 singles.

Not content to rest on his laurels, he founded Green Hills Music Group, representing established writers and signing newcomers. His company has had songs recorded by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family (Grammy winning album), Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Bomshel, Hunter Hayes, Bucky Covington, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Jimmy Wayne, Claire Lynch, Craig Wayne Boyd, Mark Chesnutt, The Derailers, The Dirt Drifters and more.

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Janine Ebach
General Manager & Owner, Ebach Entertainment 

Janine began her career as a Creative Director at ThiS Music Publishing before becoming the the first Head of WordCountry where she scored eleven cuts in the first year. She later served as VP of Curb Word Music Publishing.

Throughout her time at WordCountry and Curb Word, she celebrated #1 songs with Brett Young’s Double Platinum Debut single, “Sleep Without You” and platinum single “Here Tonight,”  Jon Pardi’s “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” Jordan Davis’s platinum debut “Singles You Up” and Dustin Lynch’s “Good Girl” along with other singles by Maddie & Tae, Craig Morgan, Filmore, and more.

In January of 2020 she founded Ebach Entertainment, a multi-genre company combining music publishing, artist & writer management, and artist development. They specialize in the growth and development of new artists along with nurturing experienced talent. They are a boutique music company based in Nashville, also operating in Los Angeles.

 

Nate Lowery
GM/VP of Creative, Cornman Music

Nate Lowery grew up in the musical hotbed of Muscle Shoals, Alabama watching the songwriting business first hand as his father, songwriter Donnie Lowery, scored hit after hit with songs like Old Flames (Alabama) and Wrong or Right (Restless Heart).

 
After moving to Nashville he began his career in the tape copy room at Windswept Publishing, then home to hitmaker Jeffrey Steele . When publishing star Chris Oglesby teamed with 19 Entertainment (producers of American Idol) to form Oglesby Writer Management, Nate became Chris’s right hand man and spent three years helping launch a thriving company.
 
His next move was in 2007 to another start-up company,  Cornman Music, a joint venture between Warner Chappell and songwriting giant Brett James. As general manager and VP of Creative Nate has helped build and secure a steady stream of cuts for their solid roster of writers that includes Josh Mirenda and  Kip Moore.

 

Bobby Rymer
Owner/VP Writers Den

Bobby spent many years at Almo-Irving working under publishing superstar David Conrad, taking over the top position when Conrad retired. At this boutique agency he represented diverse catalogues from rockers Peter Frampton and Bruce Sprinsteen to Americana icon Patty Griffith to Country legend Kent Robbins.

After Universal absorbed Almo-Irving Bobby became director of  the publishing arm of Writer’s Den Music Group. Their focus is previously unsigned writers and their roster of newcomers has included Adam Wright who received a Grammy nomination for Alan Jackson’s “You Don’t Have To Love Me Any More.”

 Their catalog, that contains works by  Adam Wright, Bonnie Bishop, Drew Kennedy, Jerry Salley, Melissa Fuller, Tami Hinesh, Thom Schuyler and Trent Jeffcoat, has produced cuts by Alan Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, Rodney Crowell, LANCO, Alabama, Patrick Droney, and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Lindsay Ell’s single “I Don’t Love You.”

 

Brooke Antonakos
Owner/GM Rockbrook Entertainment

Some people figure out at an early age exactly what they are meant to do, and there is no doubt that Brooke is one of them. She began working at Big Yellow Dog shortly after graduating from the Music Business program at Middle Tennessee State University. In less than a year she was promoted to Creative Director. In 2012 veteran producer Byron Gallimore tapped her for his new venture, Red Vinyl Music.

When multi-hit-maker Jeremy Stover started his own publishing company in 2016, Brooke was a natural choice to work with the stellar team of writers he signed. Over the years she has developed her song sense working with some of Nashville’s top writers, including Josh Kear, Stover, Adam Hambrick and Kelly Archer. During her tenure RED enjoyed a long string of cuts by artists like Jason Aldean, Brett Young, Justin Moore, to name a few.

Says Brooke, “ My greatest joy has been identifying raw undeniable talent, shaping them with the right creators and team members, and helping them identify, navigate, and amplify their own unique lane in commercial music.” To this end she has stepped out on her own to create Rockbrook Entertainment, a one stop shop for connecting and growing various avenues and partnerships for artists, writers, and producers in Nashville.

 

Steve Bloch
Creative Consultant, Demolition Music Publishing

After a decade of success with his LA based talent agency, Entertainment Associates, Steve segued into publishing, founding Southern Cow Music, and moving his headquarters to Nashville in 1993.  His boutique publishing company garnered cuts with Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Lee Greenwood.  In addition he secured cuts with Kenny Chesney, John Berry, and Lila McCann for select independent client/writers. 

In 2003, he co-founded Writer Zone Music, a uniquely innovative publishing company where writers who came on board shared equity in the company.  Writer/Partners include Thom Schuyler (“16th Ave.”/Lacy J. Dalton), Rand Bishop (“My List”/Toby Keith) and Jon Robbin (“I Breathe In I Breathe Out”/Chris Cagle).

Currently Steve brings his years of experience to the ambitious young company, Demolition Music, a company founded by Jon D’Agostino, a many-time past attendee of Play for Publishers workshops. Steve serves as Creative Consultant, focusing primarily on strategy planning, writer development and song plugging services. 

In addition, producer/label executive Doug Johnson has retained Steve’s services to do independent A&R since his tenure as label head of Giant Records, on through his run as creative head of Curb Records, continuing today in his position as creative head of Black River Entertainment.