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SMP AND JIMMIE ALLEN INK TATE HOWELL
6/7/21

Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Jimmie Allen’s Bettie James Music Publishing have partnered to ink Tate Howell to a global agreement. Howell is the first songwriter to sign with Allen’s newly launched pubco.

As one of Allen’s close collaborators, both a co-writer and bass player for the country star, Howell most recently worked on Allen’s EP, Bettie James, including co-writing “Why Things Happen,” featuring Hall of Famer Charley Pride and Darius Rucker.

“I feel like when a person comes along as talented as Tate, it’s easy to want to build a business around him. I’m honored to have him as the first signing to Bettie James Music Publishing, and I look forward to watching his career grow as a songwriter,” said Allen.

“I am so grateful for Anna Weisband and my team over at Sony, my road boss Mr. Jimmie Allen, and my manager Melissa Spillman for working so hard to help me make music and live out my dreams! Here’s to making so much more together,” added Howell.

“I have been impressed by Tate’s songwriting from the very first song Jimmie ever played for me. His work ethic, talent, and drive are unstoppable and inspiring! Couldn’t be more excited to welcome Tate to the Sony Music Publishing family,” said Weisband, SMP Nashville VP, Creative.

With the launch of Bettie James Music Publishing, multi-platinum and ACM-winner Allen aims to discover emerging songwriters, support their careers and create new opportunities for them. The company’s name pays homage to Allen’s late grandmother, Bettie Snead, and late father, James Allen.

Pictured letting the good times roll are (l-r) Weisband, Allen, Howell and SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston.