Now Sturgill Simpson is not only a major label artist, the Kentucky-born songwriter has also signed a major publishing deal with a big firm.
Announced Tuesday (6-23), Downtown Music Publishing has signed Sturgill Simpson to a worldwide publishing deal, according to Downtown’s Senior Vice President of Creative Services Jedd Katrancha. It not only includes any music Sturgill Simpson may release in the future, but also his back catalog of songs from his Thirty Tigers releases High Top Mountain and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Thirty Tigers allows performers to retain the rights to their songs, making the acquisition of Sturgill’s previous works possible.
“We are incredibly proud to represent Sturgill and his body of work,” said Jedd Katrancha. “To be a part of the cross-genre level of excitement surrounding Sturgill is a thrill, and we’re looking forward to working with him as he continues to grow and release new music.”
Simpson joins other country and Americana artists signed to Downtown, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Rosanne Cash, and Brandy Clark. The firm also manages the catalogs of John Lennon, Randy Newman, and One Direction to name a few.
It was announced in January that Sturgill Simpson had signed to Atlantic Records, officially making him a major label artist. His deal with Downtown now means his music is fully represented by the industry.
Why sign a publishing deal?
As opposed to having to manage his own catalog, Sturgill will now have a firm behind him making sure the rights to his songs are being managed properly. It could also increase the chances of a Sturgill song landing on a movie soundtrack, being placed in a TV show, and other such opportunities.
Sturgill is currently on the first leg of his Living The Dream Tour.