Singer-Songwriter Becomes First Artist Signed to Award-Winning Michael Knox’s New Imprint
NASHVILLE, TN—(June 19, 2019) — Sykamore is the first artist to sign with Music Knox Records, a joint venture between award-winning Country music producer Michael Knox and BBR Music Group/BMG. Sykamore is a singer-songwriter celebrated for her articulate songwriting and genre-defying voice.
The talented vocalist, musician, composer and storyteller moved to Nashville in 2017 after being discovered on Twitter by prolific hit songwriter, Rhett Akins. Soon after, she signed a publishing deal with Home Team (founded by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett as a joint-venture with Roc Nation). In 2018, Sykamore self-released an EP titled Self Medicine that has garnered more than 1.4 million on-demand streams to date.
“I’m honored to be the first artist signed to Music Knox,” said Sykamore. “The passion Michael has brought to this project as A&R and producer is truly amazing, and it makes me so excited for what’s next. The BBR/BMG family has been incredible, and I can’t wait to work with them and put out some great songs!”
“We couldn’t be prouder to have her as our first signing. When I first heard Sykamore, her voice grabbed my attention immediately. Being a song guy, when I found out that she was a writer on everything I was hearing, it was a no brainer for me,” said Knox. “We are very excited for everyone to hear what we love about Sykamore!”
“We are in awe of Sykamore’s talent and I am thrilled to be a part of this team. There is such an extraordinary depth to her songwriting,” said Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group. “She has a unique ability to write universally relatable songs while still weaving in such eloquent and intricate details and then deliver it in such a personal way.”
The Carseland, Alberta, Canada native was raised on a fourth-generation cattle ranch in a house built by her great grandfather. Growing up listening to superstars like the Dixie Chicks, fellow Canadian Shania Twain and Zac Brown Band, Country music has always been Sykamore’s passion, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she began creating music of her own. In the time since, she has been recognized at numerous songwriting-focused events including the ATB All-Albertan Song Contest, Project Wild, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s annual Discovery Program. She has traveled across North America performing for thousands, including several hometown shows at the world famous Calgary Stampede.
Sykamore is managed by Jake Kennedy at The Anvil. For more information, please visit her Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
About MICHAEL KNOX: Most noted for his work with Country superstar Jason Aldean, Michael Knox has celebrated 23 number one songs, over 40 million singles and over 20 million albums sold during his career as a producer. Other production credits also include Thomas Rhett, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Michael Tyler, the hit TV series Nashville as well as his father, the late, great Buddy Knox (“Party Doll” fame 1957), among others. He was awarded the Country Music Association (CMA) Album of the Year Award in 2011 for his work on My Kinda Party (Jason Aldean) in addition to three Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Knox currently serves as Senior Vice President of peermusic Nashville and, in 2018, launched the syndicated radio show Knox Country 360. Michael is on the ACM Board of Directors and has previously served on the CMA Board of Directors.
About BBR MUSIC GROUP: Founded in 1997, BBR Music Group quickly grew from a fledgling independent label into one of the largest independent Country label groups in the U.S. with Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, and Wheelhouse Records under its group umbrella. Broken Bow Records, BBR Music Group’s original imprint, features a roster of talented artists including the RIAA’s Number One digital selling male Country artist of all time and 2016, 2017 and 2018 ACM Entertainer of the Year and ACM Artists of the Decade, Jason Aldean, chart-toppers Dustin Lynch and Chase Rice, and newcomers Everette and Lainey Wilson in addition to Tyler Farr who is the first artist to be signed to Jason Aldean’s Night Train Records. Stoney Creek Records boasts a roster which includes chart-toppers Randy Houser, Jimmie Allen and Parmalee, rising star Lindsay Ell, multi-national six-man band King Calaway, plus emerging act Adam Craig. Wheelhouse Records is BBR Music Group’s newest imprint, anchored by Zac Brown Band, multi-media superstar Trace Adkins, Kid Rock, chart-toppers, LOCASH, Granger Smith and Kristian Bush, and buzz act Runaway June. BBR Music Group’s artist roster also includes hot Country newcomers Chase Bryant and Brooke Eden.
In January 2017, BBR Music Group was acquired by BMG, the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008. BMG’s 14 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 2.5m songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach. ###
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Jason Aldean achieves his 22nd career Number One single with “Girl Like You.” The single takes the top spot on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Singles chart while it spends its second week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay this week. This is the third consecutive multi-week chart topper from his record-breaking eighth studio album, REARVIEW TOWN.
“This album is such a big part of the last year for me,” said Aldean. “It also reminds me how badass the band, people behind the scenes and supporters like Country Radio are who continue to help me do this every day. And the fans, can’t thank you enough for taking this ride with us.”Read more →
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Producer Michael Knox will debut a new radio show, KNOX Country 360, on Friday, June 29.
Based in Nashville, the new show is managed by Michael Knox along with Donny Walker (former executive at Westwood One, Cumulus Media, BDS, Billboard Magazine), and Shalacy Griffin, currently the Senior Vice President of Operations for Music Knox, LLC.
KNOX Country 360 will offer 10-12 songs per hour, mixing current hits with re-currents and trending music, as well as personal stories from Knox and artist interviews and performances. The show will also include a podcast component.
“Radio is where country music fans connect with the music and artists they love, throughout their day,” observed Knox. “I’ve worked in production, management, and publishing, with record labels, and now radio. I’m excited about being on the air where I can bring country’s biggest stars directly to fans. Focus 360 has the relationships with radio stations and advertisers that make them the perfect partner to help us succeed.”
“Few people in Music Row history have turned creativity into chart success as well as Michael,” stated Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Focus 360. “He is one of Nashville’s most original-thinking business minds and one of its most successful groomers of talent and song placement. We are delighted to partner with him and bring his star-studded, music-filled show to radio.”
In addition to production work that has helped sell more than 18 million albums and 40 million singles (including 21 No. 1 career singles) Knox’s multi-faceted career has included time as an executive at music publisher Warner/Chappell Music. He currently serves as vice president for peermusic in Nashville, and also formed the production management company Music Knox with client Michael Tyler (Reviver Records).
Stations interested in carrying KNOX Country 360 may contact Rob Magaziner at 917-580-6108 or email@example.com.Read more →