The Chicks With Hits is an all-female independent music publishing group based in Nashville, TN. Eighteen current members have been integral catalysts in the careers of many of Nashville’s hit songwriters, artists and award winning singles. Collectively, they represent 75 active songwriters/recording artists and have had songs recorded by more than 150 artists including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Jo Dee Messina, Luke Bryan, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Old Dominion, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and many more.
“The Chicks with Hits is a sorority, a sisterhood, and a family. We not only support each other, we champion each other and not just in the music business, but also in our personal lives. We thrive on friendly competition, because it makes us all better. We have an unspoken motto and that is 'when one of us succeeds we all succeed.' Sharing in that team spirit is what makes us a unified force. We are not without faults; we argue, we disagree, and we rant like any large family but we always find a way to come together. We are a unit of strong willed, confident, opinionated professional women who truly care about the well being of each other, our songwriters, the music, and our colleagues in the music industry.” Reflects Chicks member, Melanie Howard.
As music publishers, these women are often the first step to success in music. They hear the first version of song and pitch it to become the hits you know today. “Early on I didn’t like meeting with publishers because I hated saying ‘no’ to their songs while sitting in front of them. But then I was asked to go meet with a brand new group of all-female pluggers called Chicks With Hits," recalls Jo Dee Messina. "As a chick Singer – who could say no to that! In our first meeting they pitched ‘Bring On The Rain’. I think of it like this, Billy Montana and Helen Darling birthed it, The Chicks fostered it until I was able to adopt it and then its journey continued. Without The Chicks I would have never had the biggest hit of my career.”
As the music publishing industry has changed, The Chicks have changed with the times. Its core business of great songs remains front and center, but the group also works in artist management, has formed independent labels and consulting groups, and developed digital marketing strategies. Chicks’ songs have also seen considerable success in TV/Film licensing including placements on NASHVILLE, Lucifer, The Ranch, Bones, Shameless, Parenthood, and HOUSE.
Celia Froehlig of Froehlig Palmer Music Group ■ Abbe Nameche of Wrensong Entertainment ■ Kim Jones of Mighty Kimmy Jo Music ■ Dianna Maher of Moraine Music Group ■ Stephanie Cox of Kobalt Music Services ■ Leslie DiPiero of Tree Vibz Music ■ Whitney Daane of DAANEgerous Entertainment ■ Janie West of Janie West Music ■ Judy Harris of Judy Harris Music ■ Robin Palmer of Smack Songs ■ Melanie Howard of Harlan Howard Songs ■ Lisa Ramsey of Perkins-Little Extra Music ■ Ree Guyer of Wrensong Entertainment ■ Jewel Coburn of Eleven Eleven Music ■ Lisa Johnson of Sweet Renegade Music ■ Debbie Zavitson of Debbie Z Entertainment ■ Tracy Gershon of Red Light Management
Chicks With Hits Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Date: May 1, 2018
*Event followed by interview with Change the Conversation at 6pm*
A celebration honoring the Chicks with Hits Anniversary at BMI attended by Nashville-based music industry members, including record label executives, producers, recording artists, songwriters, artist managers, music publishing executives, A&R representatives, booking agencies and film/television music supervisors.
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