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At a Play for Publishers workshop in 2007 songwriter Chris Yarber attracted the attention of Rusty Gaston who was, at that time, running Song Garden, the publishing company owned by mega-hit producer Byron Gallimore. Rusty’s belief in Chris never wavered and they met regularly for 6 years, even after Rusty left Song Garden to become the managing partner of This Music where he works with Grammy nominated writers Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington and 2-time ASCAP Writer of the Year Ben Hayslip. At Rusty’s suggestion Chris began writing with Drew Baldridge, a writer/artist Rusty met through a workshop and signed a year later. The two quickly became a powerhouse writing team and Chris has now inked his deal as the newest member of This Music’s songwriter roster.
Play for Publishers alumni Seth Ally has inked his deal with Big Machine, the first four songs are mastered and he’s getting ready t hit the road on a radio tour. Barbara first heard him at a live audition for the Bluebird Cafe writers night. It only took his one-minute performance to impress her and she asked to hear more of his songs. That started their co-writing relationship which produced “Too Late Now,” a high-energy up-tempo slotted to be on the CD.