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Atlantic Records and independent music publishing and artist development company Big Yellow Dog Music
have joined forces in an exclusive label partnership. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Big Yellow Dog was founded by Co-owner/CEO Carla Wallace and Co-owner Kerry O'Neil. Over the past two decades, the company's roster has been recognized with numerous accolades, including four GRAMMY® Awards; 34 #1 songs; four Song of the Year awards from ACM, BMI, and ASCAP; five ASCAP/BMI Pop awards; and many more. This marks Big Yellow Dog's first label venture.
The first release from the Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic partnership is the new track from rising singer/songwriter Brynn Elliott. "Time Of Our Lives
" arrives today - the same day Elliott graduates from Harvard University, where she has spent the past four years studying philosophy while simultaneously earning attention for her uniquely provocative pop songcraft. Elliott's debut EP, slated for release later this year, will also include her breakthrough single, "Might Not Like Me," which has already drawn more than one million streams and counting.
Co-written with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue), the "TIME OF OUR LIVES" EP features a series of distinctive pop songs fueled in large part by Elliott's studies at Harvard. Each of the five songs on the EP was inspired by a different philosopher or set of ideas, with "Time of Our Lives" drawing on Heidegger and existentialism and "Might Not Like Me" absorbing feminist critiques of Descartes into a buoyant and empowering pop anthem. In addition to studying philosophy as song inspiration, the Atlanta-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist spent most of her weekends and summers on the road, playing over 200 shows both on her own and as special guest to such artists as Brandi Carlile, Grace
Potter, and Alanis Morissette.
"I've been friendly with Carla and Kerry for a while and have always been impressed by their taste, sincerity, and successful early bets on creative talent who have gone on to incredible long-term careers," said Atlantic President of A&R Pete Ganbarg. "The more we spoke about it, the more it seemed like a no-brainer to partner up. And the fact that literally one day after our deal closed, Carla heard Brynn's music for the first time is such incredible synchronicity that we couldn't have made it up if we tried. Brynn is a world-class talent who is just beginning to scratch the surface of what's to come. All of us at Atlantic are thrilled to be working with both Brynn and Big Yellow Dog."
"We couldn't be happier to join with such a legendary label, and most importantly, to be able to work with Atlantic's powerful team of highly innovative music lovers." adds Co-owner/CEO of Big Yellow Dog Music, Carla Wallace. "I'm delighted to be collaborating with Pete after all these years of friendship, and thank you to Craig, Julie, and Espo for believing in this exciting partnership. I couldn't imagine starting this deal any other way than coming out of the gate with such an inspiring artist as Brynn Elliott. "
From left to right: Nina Webb (SVP, Marketing for Atlantic Records), Julie
Greenwald (Chairman & COO, Atlantic Records), Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records), Carla Wallace (Co-Owner & COO, Big Yellow Dog), Brynn Elliott, Bruce Flohr (Red Light Management), Nathan Chapman (Producer), Katie Hoaldridge (Red Light Management)
About Atlantic Records:
Atlantic Records celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018. Founded in New York City, the label literally grew from a one-room operation into one of the world's most preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin. The Atlantic Records Group roster today includes many of the world's most popular recording artists, among them Kelly
Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Coldplay, David
Guetta, Death Cab for Cutie, Lil Uzi Vert, Janelle Monae, Jason Mraz, Panic! At the Disco, Paramore, Charlie Puth, Skrillex, Sia, Sturgill Simpson, Twenty One Pilots, Rob Thomas, The War on Drugs, Wiz Khalifa
and many more.
About Big Yellow Dog Music:
The Big Yellow Dog catalog includes songs performed by Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum
(including 2011's GRAMMY® Song of the Year, "Need You Now
"), Demi Lovato, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Charlie Puth, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Lane, Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line, DJ Khaled, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Fifth Harmony, Martina McBride, Michael Buble, Kacey Musgraves, and more. Big Yellow Dog's film, television and brand division had over 400 placements in both 2016 and 2017, including soundtracks and campaigns for Big Little
Lies, Apple, JC Penny, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, PetSmart, 13 Reasons Why, Weight Watchers, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Toyota, and many more. For additional information, please visit bigyellowdogmusic.com.