Big Loud is an American independent multi-sector entertainment company located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It consists of a record label also known as Big Loud, along with music publishing and talent management divisions. Big Loud was founded in 2013 by Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk, and Seth England. Artists who have recorded for Big Loud include Florida Georgia Line,[1] Morgan Wallen,[2] Chris Lane,[3] Dallas Smith,[4] and Hardy.[5]

Big Loud
Founded2011 (2011)
Founder
Genre
Country of originUnited States
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Official websitewww.bigloud.com

HistoryEdit

Big Loud Records was established in 2015 by Nashville-based songwriter Craig Wiseman and Canadian record producer Joey Moi.[6] Big Loud Records' first release was Chris Lane's "Fix".[7] Lane released two albums for the label.

Jake Owen moved to Big Loud in 2018 after ending his contract with RCA Records Nashville. His first single with Big Loud Records, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)", which topped country music charts that year. The song was the first single from Owen's 2019 album Greetings from... Jake.

After signing to Big Loud Records,[2] Morgan Wallen achieved back-to-back No. 1 hits on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with "Up Down" and "Whiskey Glasses".[8] The Big Loud Records roster includes singer/songwriter Hardy, Mason Ramsey,[9] and Sean Stemaly.[10] Stacy Blythe, vice-president of promotion, was awarded the SVP-VP/Promotion trophy at the 2019 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards.[11]

In 2021, Big Loud signed Canadian country artist Dallas Smith, the record holder for domestic number one hits on the Canada Country chart, to the label.[12] Additionally, Smith, producer Scott Cooke, partner Alex Seif, and Big Loud formed a joint venture, Canadian-based imprint Local Hay Records. Shawn Austin became their first signing to the new label.[13]

Big Loud Records ArtistsEdit

Current rosterEdit

Big Loud Rock ArtistsEdit

Local Hay ArtistsEdit

Songs & Daughters ArtistsEdit

Big Loud PublishingEdit

Founded in 2003 by songwriter Craig Wiseman, Big Loud Publishing, previously Big Loud Shirt, is a music publisher in the country format.[19] Big Loud Publishing songwriters include Ashley Leone, Bren Joy, Chris Lane, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman, Ernest Keith Smith, Griffen Palmer, Jacob Durrett, Jamie Moore, Joey Moi, John Byron, Madison Kozak, Matt Dragstrem, Rocky Block, Rodney Clawson and Tiera.[20] Big Loud Publishing has penned more than 90 singles, including Grammy Award winners "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw and "Before He Cheats" and "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood.[21] On August 17, 2020, Big Loud Publishing's "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America.[22] The song was name BMI's 2019 Pop Song of the Year.[23] Big Loud Publishing is responsible for more than 50 No. 1 hits for artists including Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Beverley Knight, Three Days Grace, Jason Aldean, and Chris Lane.[21]

Big Loud ManagementEdit

Big Loud Management, previously Big Loud Mountain, has focused on artist development in Nashville, Tennessee since 2011. Founded by the four Big Loud partners, the first act Big Loud Management signed was Florida Georgia Line, a country duo that was the Academy of Country Music's first recipients of the ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award, ACM Single of the Decade Award and ACM Music Event of the Decade Award in 2019.[24] Big Loud Management's roster includes Ben Burgess, Chris Lane, HARDY, MacKenzie Porter, Sean Stemaly, Bren Joy, Blame My Youth, Dallas Smith and ERNEST.[25] Big Loud Management partnered with Maverick in 2017.[26]

Big Loud CapitalEdit

Launched in 2017, Big Loud Capital is a venture capital group that invests in music, technology, and lifestyle industries. It is owned by the four Big Loud partners, Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk and Seth England. Among Big Loud Capital's portfolio is 100 Thieves, Beyond Meat, Califia Farms, Casper, Coupang, 8i, Iris Nova, Kettle & Fire, LearnLux, Madefire, Magic Leap, Plus Capital, Roli, Seed, Stem, Sweetgreen, and Tecovas.[27][28]

PartnersEdit

Big Loud Record's CEO is Seth England. He joined Craig Wiseman at Big Loud Publishing in 2007.[29] England is a member of the Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM), and was recognized in Billboard's Nashville Power Players issue in 2018 and 2019, as well as its 40 Under 40 feature in 2014.[30][31][32] He was included in Variety's Music City Impact Report in 2017 and Hitmaker List in 2018.[33][34]

ControversyEdit

On February 3, 2021, Big Loud Records indefinitely suspended country artist Morgan Wallen after TMZ posted a video clip on February 2, 2021 that was recorded on January 31 showing Wallen using a racial slur with friends as they were entering his Nashville home.[35][36]

DiscographyEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Florida Georgia Line Signs to Republic Nashville/BMLG". 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  2. ^ a b "Big Loud Records Adds Morgan Wallen To Artist Roster". 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  3. ^ "Chris Lane Signs With Big Loud Mountain". 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  4. ^ Leahey, Andrew (21 November 2014). "Stream Ex-Default Singer Dallas Smith's Guitar-Driven New Country EP, 'Lifted'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. ^ "HARDY Releases Debut EP Today". 2018-10-19. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  6. ^ "Big Loud Records To Launch With Pres. Clay Hunnicutt". 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  7. ^ "Big Loud Record Label Hits the Ground Running With One Artist and a Motown-Like Philosophy". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  8. ^ "Morgan Wallen Toasts "Up Down" With Rooftop #1 Party". Country Music Tattle Tale - Your country music news source. 2018-10-19. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  9. ^ ""Yodeling Boy" Mason Ramsey Inks Deal With Atlantic Records, Big Loud". 2018-04-27. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  10. ^ "Sean Stemaly Inks Deal with Big Loud Records & Drops New Single". Raised Rowdy. 2019-08-22. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  11. ^ "2019 CRS/CA Awards Winners: Stacy Blythe". www.countryaircheck.com. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  12. ^ "Canadian Country Star Dallas Smith Signs Worldwide Deal With Big Loud Records". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  13. ^ Doole, Kerry (August 12, 2021). "Music News Digest, Aug. 12, 2021". FYI Music News.
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  15. ^ Willman, Chris (January 25, 2021). "Country Singer Lily Rose Signs With Big Loud and Republic, Debuts Video for iTunes Chart-Topper 'Villain' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  16. ^ "Big Loud Records Adds 'The Voice' Alum Jake Worthington to Roster". 25 October 2021.
  17. ^ "BIG LOUD RECORDS LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH NICOLLE GALYON FOR FIRST-EVER FEMALE-FOCUSED LABEL, SONGS & DAUGHTERS". Madison Kozak.
  18. ^ "Songs & Daughters Signs Hailey Whitters To Record Deal". All Access. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  19. ^ "Big Loud Rebrands". All Access. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  20. ^ "Big Loud Publishing Ups Jervey, Giangreco". 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
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  22. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  23. ^ "Sting, Imagine Dragons and Martin Bandier Honored at BMI's 67th Annual Pop Awards". BMI.com. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  24. ^ LTD, BubbleUp. "ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AS RECIPIENTS OF THE FIRST-EVER ACM BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD, ACM SINGLE OF THE DECADE AWARD AND ACM MUSIC EVENT OF THE DECADE AWARD". BAMP Official Website. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  25. ^ "Greg Thompson Exits Maverick, Joins Big Loud Management As Pres./Partner". All Access. January 14, 2021. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  26. ^ Newman, Melinda (November 9, 2017). "Maverick Partners With Big Loud Management, Expands Nashville Footprint: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  27. ^ "Exclusive: Big Loud Rebrands, Launches New Capital Venture". 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  28. ^ "Big Loud Capital | Nashville, TN". Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  29. ^ "10 Questions with ... Seth England". All Access. August 6, 2017. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  30. ^ "Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players List Revealed: The Industry's Most Influential". Billboard. 2018-06-05. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  31. ^ "Billboard's 2019 Country Power Players List Revealed". Billboard. 2019-05-31. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  32. ^ "40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players". Billboard. 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  33. ^ "Variety's 2017 Music City Impact Report". Variety. 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  34. ^ "Variety's 2018 Hitmakers Revealed". Variety. 2018-11-29. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  35. ^ "Morgan Wallen Hurls N-Word Outside Home After Rowdy Night Out". TMZ. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  36. ^ Willman, Chris; Aswad, Jem (2021-02-03). "Morgan Wallen's Record Label Contract 'Suspended Indefinitely' After Racial Slur". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-07.