Nashville -- Chart topping country singer-songwriter, Rhett Akins has extended his six year relationship with EMI Music Publishing, the world’s leading publisher of popular music, announced EMI Music Publishing Nashville Executive Vice President, Ben Vaughn, today.
The new co-publishing deal sees the company continue to represent Akins impressive catalogue of songs which includes the number one singles ‘All About Tonight’ (performed by Blake Shelton), ‘Gimme That Girl’ (by Joe Nichols) and ‘All Over Me’ (Josh Turner). Akin’s future works will also be handled by EMI’s network of offices around the world. He is currently writing for artists including Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery
Rhett said: “I want to thank my EMI family, co-writers, and music partners for giving me the opportunity to create music and live my dream.”
Ben Vaughn added: “Rhett Akins is a guy that you love being in business with and working with everyday. He loves what he does and it shows. Our entire EMI Nashville family are proud to share in his on going success and proud to call ourselves “Rhettnecks”.
Akins’ musical career began more than 15 years ago as a recording artist in Nashville where he achieved considerable success with songs such as ‘Don’t Get Me Started’ – which peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Chart – ‘That Ain’t My Truck’ and ‘She Said Yes’, before deciding to focus on songwriting. He has penned songs for Rodney Atkins (‘Farmer’s Daughter’), Brooks & Dunn (‘Put A Girl In It’) and Joe Nichols (‘The Shape I’m In’) among many others. In 2010 Akins was named in the top five Billboard Country Songwriters, and his songs have collectively sold more than 2.5 million digital downloads.
Currently enjoying success in both the mainstream and country charts, the single ‘Honey Bee’ co-written by Akins and performed by Blake Shelton is at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart and debuted at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Honey Bee’ also set a new record for most digital downloads by a male country artist. Elsewhere in the charts, Rodney Atkins’ ‘Take A Back Road’ - co-written by Akins - is rapidly climbing on the Billboard Top Country Songs.
EMI Music Publishing is the world's leading publisher of popular music, representing more than one million copyrights including some of the best known songs ever written. Iconic songs in the EMI Music Publishing catalog include “New York New York”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “The James Bond Theme”, “Lady Marmalade”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Always On My Mind”, “Over The Rainbow”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ In the Rain”. Its current Nashville hit-making writers include Dallas Davidson, Alan Jackson, Chris Young, Kelley Lovelace, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.