Friday, January 20, 2017
NASHVILLE, TN (January 10, 2017) – Spirit/Fluid, the Nashville-based joint venture between Spirit Music Group and Frank Rogers’ Fluid Music Revolution has signed Mackenzie Johnson to an exclusive publishing agreement as announced today by Frank Rogers and AJ Burton, Vice President, Fluid Music Revolution.
"I was intrigued by Mackenzie Johnson from the very first note. She is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter and artist. We look forward to helping her expand her already impressive fan base and bring her music to the world. Fluid Music Revolution could not be more excited to welcome Mackenzie Johnson to the family,” said Frank Rogers.
“I am thrilled to be starting my Nashville journey alongside everyone at Fluid/Spirit. I get to make music with Frank Rogers, one of my favorite people and someone who believes in my work wholeheartedly. I know my songs are in great hands with this entire team. I can't wait to get to work!” said Mackenzie Johnson.
After teaching herself to play guitar at age 15, Mackenzie began uploading covers and original songs to her YouTube channel. Now 23, the singer-songwriter and Pennsylvania native has garnered over 425,000 YouTube subscribers and nearly 40 million views. Her DIY attitude, individuality, and musical versatility all played a role in securing Mackenzie a spot as a bona fide YouTube music star. While Mackenzie was honing in on her songwriting skills, she utilized the online medium that first got people listening in order to test out new material. Her thousands of loyal listeners wanted more. Mackenzie then connected with multi-platinum producer, songwriter, and Frank Rogers in 2016 and in January of 2017 was signed to Fluid Music Revolution, Rogers’ joint venture with Spirit Music Group.
Frank Rogers who has won Billboard’s Hot Country Producer of the Year award five times. He’s also co-written a slew of country hits, including four Hot Country Songs No. 1’s (“I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)” by Brad Paisley, “Alright” and “This” by Darius Rucker and “Backroad Song” by Granger Smith).
Spirit/Fluid was formed as part of Spirit Music Group’s continuing focus on and investment in country music publishing. In addition to establishing Spirit/Fluid, Spirit Music Group’s deal with Rogers also included the acquisition of Rogers’ one third interest in certain copyrights of the respected Nashville indie publisher Sea Gayle Music, which Rogers co-founded with Chris DuBois and Brad Paisley in 1999. Sea Gayle Music, which was named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year in 2010 and 2011, features a catalog of 40 No. 1 hits and an impressive roster of artists and writers. Among the many recent hits included in Sea Gayle Music’s catalog are “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton, “Perfect Storm” by Brad Paisley, “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson, “Yeah” by Joe Nichols, “Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan, “Southern Girl” by Tim McGraw, “Southern Comfort Zone” by Brad Paisley, “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” by George Strait, to name a few.
ABOUT SPIRIT MUSIC:
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world's leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. The company's repertoire reflects some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time, including hits by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Elvis Presley, Dion, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Santana, The Beach Boys, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Alice Cooper, Pure Prairie League, Chicago, Crosy, Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Brad Paisley, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, The Go-Go's, Madonna, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Ricky Martin, Keith Urban, Usher, Dido, Jewel, Jason Aldean and Mary J. Blige; the complete catalogs of such iconic songwriters and writer/artists as Pete Townshend, Marc Bolan, Boz Scaggs, The Marshall Tucker Band, Toto, Billy Squier, Graham Nash, Joe Walsh, Charles Mingus, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Henry Mancini, T.Bone Burnett, Rick Nowels, C&C Music Factory; and the breakthrough work of such newer artists as Scissor Sisters, The Naked & Famous, Matt & Kim, Kodaline, San Cisco, Zooey Deschanel, Eric Paslay, Big Data and James Bay.
Spirit has earned a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and a peerless promoter of its songs into film, television and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media. In recent years, Spirit has helped transform the publisher's role beyond royalty collection and song promotion to proactive career and legacy partnership by creating and executing marketing plans to revitalize its clients' songs and expand their brands.
Spirit Music Group is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and the Netherlands. Spirit is a portfolio company of Pegasus Capital Advisors, the New York-based private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to growth companies since 1996.
For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.