Kobalt Extends Worldwide Publishing Agreement with Shane McAnally

NEW YORK AND NASHVILLE - OCTOBER 30, 2017 – Kobalt, an independent music services company, built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, has announced that it has re-signed multiple Grammy award-winning country songwriter, Shane McAnally. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration for all of McAnally’s future works along with his back catalogue. Kobalt has an existing partnership with McAnally’s publishing company, SmackSongs, which includes notable country songwriters such as Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey, Walker Hayes, Matt McGinn, Ryan Beaver and others. 

“Kobalt is such a valuable part of my team and I’m so grateful for the care and attention they give SMACKSongs,” said Shane McAnally. “I trust their expertise, appreciate their business model and just love their staff. I’m thrilled to be continuing our working relationship.”

Jesse Willoughby, General Manager of Kobalt, Nashville, said of the deal, “We couldn’t be more excited at Kobalt to continue our relationship with Shane. He’s one of the most influential writers in Nashville and is continually pushing the boundaries, not only as a writer/producer but as a businessman as well. We look forward to his continued success and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

McAnally is a Nashville-based multi-Platinum songwriter and producer who has worked with Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney, Brandy Clark, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Midland, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett and many more. He has earned 28 number one hits including Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road,” which is the longest reigning Billboard Hot Country number one hit at 33 weeks and counting. In 2016, McAnally arranged and produced “Forever Country,” a collaborative song featuring country’s legends and hottest stars that debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making it the third song to debut at the top since the chart began at 1958. In 2017, McAnally and industry veteran, Jason Owen, re-launched Monument Records with flagship artists Walker Hayes and Caitlyn Smith.



Kobalt is the world’s leading independent music services company, built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Kobalt’s commitment to technology, transparency, and creators’ rights has driven tremendous growth year-over-year for the company and its clients. Today, Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Neighbouring Rights, and Recordings/AWAL divisions serve over 25,000 songwriters, 600 publishers, and 20,000 independent artists, including The Chainsmokers, Kelly Clarkson, Miles Davis, Dave Grohl, Zayn Malik, Bob Marley, Max Martin, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Pitbull, Elvis Presley, Skrillex, Sam Smith, and many more. Kobalt represents on average over 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in both the US and UK.

 Kobalt’s global technology platform is uniquely able to track and collect royalties for the billions of micro-payments per song in digital music today. Kobalt offers its clients a variety of services, including creative services, synch & brand partnerships, global licensing management, neighboring rights, works and rights distribution, royalty collection and processing, the Kobalt and AWAL Portals and Apps, YouTube monetization, record release management, digital distribution and marketing. For more information on Kobalt, please contact:info@kobaltmusic.com, or visit us at www.kobaltmusic.com

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