September 3, 2019



NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 29, 2019) – Music business innovator BIG LOUD is pleased to welcome a new executive leader, announcing AUSTEN ADAMS as the CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER of its Records and Publishing divisions. He’ll start in his new role September 15 and can be reached here.

“I have been lucky enough to work closely with Big Loud’s founding partners for many years and can’t wait to join the incredible teams they have put together,” Adams says of the news. “I have always admired their talent, drive, and the cutting-edge approach they have taken in building such amazing companies. I couldn’t be more excited to become a member of the Big Loud family.”

A native of Louisiana with a deep well of music-business knowledge at his disposal, Adams will bring with him a keen sense of insight into the legal issues impacting Big Loud. Building a respected Nashville entertainment law practice, Adams has represented both artists and behind-the-scenes players within the industry for more than 15 years, structuring and negotiating everything from recording and publishing deals to joint ventures along the way. He’s also well-versed in the fields of digital distribution and intellectual-property protection, and has spent time “in the trenches” as a day-to-day artist manager. Adams was named to the national Leadership Music Class of 2018 and maintains membership in a wide range of legal professional and music business associations.

In his new capacity as Big Loud Records and Publishing COO, Adams will add firepower to the proven leadership pool which already includes Seth England (CEO), Lloyd Aur Norman (VP of Special Projects & Strategic Management), Candice Watkins (VP of Marketing), Patch Culbertson (VP of A&R), Stacy Blythe (VP of Promotion), Brianne Deslippe (VP of Promotion – Canada) and Tori Johnson (Sr. Director, Creative & Digital) on the records side, as well as Kimberly Gleason (General Manager), Samantha Jervey (Sr. Creative Director) and Michael Giangreco (Creative Director) on the publishing front.

Austen is coming to Big Loud at an exciting time,” shares England. “We’ve worked with him for many years and have watched him become a leader in this industry. Admired for his strong character and high moral standards, Austen’s reputation is second to none. These traits align perfectly with our company’s culture and we couldn’t be prouder to have him on board. With an amazing roster of artists, innovative executive team, and a family-oriented atmosphere, the future is even more bright at Big Loud.”

Big Loud was founded as a partnership between Craig Wiseman, Seth England, Chief Zaruk, and Joey Moi, four industry veterans with a vision to bring song publishing, artist development, management, production, and promotion under one roof. The organization scored its first win when it helped launch the career of Florida Georgia Line – one of the most successful Country duos in history – and the partners first expanded their firm with the creation of Big Loud Records in 2015 followed by the newly launched female-focused label Songs & Daughters alongside award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon in July 2019.

Big Loud Records has scored best-selling #1 hits with breakout stars Chris Lane (“Fix”) and Morgan Wallen (“Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line and “Whiskey Glasses”), and has also returned Jake Owen to the top of the Country radio charts with “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).” The Big Loud Records family also includes lyrically gifted upstart HARDY, singer-songwriter Madison Kozak, viral sensation Mason Ramsey, Canadian talent MacKenzie Porter, and newcomer Sean Stemaly. Likewise, Big Loud Publishing features a stable of top-tier songwriters who have penned over 90 singles, three GRAMMY winners and 50+ #1 hits – including the 8X PLATINUM 2019 BMI Pop Song of the Year (Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be” featuring Florida Georgia Line). The Big Loud Publishing roster includes Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Matt Dragstrem, Jamie Moore and Joey Moi, plus Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen, Ashley Leone, Madison Kozak, Ernest K. Smith and Griffen Palmer.

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