Songwriter Turned Music Publisher with Jonathan Singleton

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Lead vocalist, hit songwriter, and now music publisher. Jonathan Singleton has done it all. On this episode of Thinkin’ & Drinkin’, Jonathan gives a glimpse into writing hit country songs and starting a publishing company, 50 Egg Music, with Luke Combs.


Meet Jonathan: 

American country music singer and songwriter. He is known for co-writing the songs "Don't" by Billy Currington, "Watching Airplanes" by Gary Allan, "A Guy Walks Into a Bar" by Tyler Farr, "Red Light" and "Let It Rain" by David Nail, "Why Don't We Just Dance" by Josh Turner and "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" by Tim McGraw. In 2009, the American Society of Composers, Publishers and Authors (ASCAP) awarded Singleton for "Don't," which was one of the most-played country music songs of that year.

In 2009, he founded a band called Jonathan Singleton & the Grove, in which he sang lead vocals. The band also consisted of William Coats (drums, background vocals), Andy Dixon (bass guitar, background vocals), Justin Dudley (keyboards), Dustin Nunley (rhythm guitar, background vocals) and Josh Smith (rhythm guitar, background vocals). They signed to Universal South Records (now Show Dog-Universal Music) in March 2009 and released the single "Livin' in Paradise" that month. It debuted at No. 60 on the country charts for the week of April 4, 2009, and peaked at No. 48. A second single, "Look Who's Back in Love" debuted at No. 56 on the country charts for the week of December 26, 2009. 

What Bart has to say: I met Jonathan back when my wife was pulling double duty, working at Big Loud Shirt & Diver Dann.  Diver Dann was producer Dan Huff’s publishing company that just signed Jonathan as an artist & songwriter.  We had a similar sense of humor so we instantly hit it off. He’s such a talented cat and knew he’d be a blast to join the show today.  

In this episode, you’ll hear

  • Jonathan talks about touring with his band while having 4 #1 songs with other artists

  • Jonathan talks about the new publishing company he started with artist, Luke Combs and how he makes a point to treat new writers like he would want to be treated with their publishing deals.  

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