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SOCAN Makes A Mark In Music City

Brad Rempel (centre) of High Valley receives a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for “Come On Down,” flanked by SOCAN's Michael McCarty (left) and Rodney Murphy (right). Photo: Kerry Woo Photography
Brad Rempel (centre) of High Valley receives a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for “Come On Down,” flanked by SOCAN's Michael McCarty (left) and Rodney Murphy (right). Photo: Kerry Woo Photography

SOCAN’s strong links with the Nashville music community were reaffirmed recently with their Nashville Family & Friends Bash at City Winery. The event attracted nearly 200 guests, a figure a SOCAN press release describes as” the largest crowd on record for this type of SOCAN member reception.”

Attendees included local and visiting SOCAN members, as well as industry representatives from labels, music publishers, music technology firms and agencies.

Prominent SOCAN members present included Jason Blaine, Colin Linden, Lindi Ortega, Fred Mollin, Colin Linden, and Warren Pash (“Private Eyes”).

The occasion provided a fitting setting for the presentation of two of SOCAN’s coveted No. 1 Song Awards. One went to Brad Rempel of High Valley for “Come On Down,” a song which reached No. 1 on the CMT Canada Countdown Chart. It was co-written with Jared Crump (SESAC) and Frederick Wilhelm (BMI).

The other was awarded to Steven Lee Olsen – and Ryan Beuschel of Warner Chappell Music Publishing and Nate Lowery of Cornman Music Publishing – for “Raised By A Good Time,” co-written by Cary Barlowe (SESAC) and Christopher Stephens (BMI), which reached the top of the CMT Canada Countdown Chart.

Just prior to the Family and Friends Bash, SOCAN’s COO Jeff King and Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty provided the keynote address for the three-day Music Biz 2016 Conference. The theme they discussed was “The Royalty Conundrum - Digital Payments With A Vinyl System.”

In another Music City initiative then, SOCAN also supported member Billy Raffoul as he performed at Interscope Nashville’s first talent showcase, followed by a Pandora Presents show with opening act ubiquitous rockers The Strumbellas. Raffoul is a young singer/songwriter from Leamington, ON, and he's now touring the US opening for Missy Higgins.

Aside from King and McCarty, the A-team from SOCAN present in Nashville were CEO Eric Baptiste, President Stan Meissner, Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy, General Manager, Los Angeles Division, Chad Richardson, SOCAN A&R representative Barb Sedun, National Events Manager Brandi Pickering, and SOCAN’s Nashville representative Eddie Schwartz.

The SOCAN team also held various business meetings with a number of organizations, plus members and representatives of U.S. performing rights organizations.