Tape Room Music has entered a strategic partnership with Red Light Ventures and Firebird Music, which purchased more than 350 songs from various Tape Room Publishing catalogs as part of the transaction. The catalog sale includes “Body Like a Back Road” (recorded by Sam Hunt), “Do I Make You Wanna” (Billy Currington), “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” (Luke Bryan), “One of Them Girls” (Lee Brice) and “Thinking ‘Bout You” (Dustin Lynch featuring MacKenzie Porter).
In 2017, “Body Like a Back Road” reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and spent 34 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In 2021, “Thinking ‘Bout You” spent six weeks atop the Country Airplay chart.
In June, Firebird acquired a stake in Red Light Management.
Since songwriter Ashley Gorley launched Tape Room Music in 2011, the publishing house has earned three Grammy nominations, three CMA song of the year nominations and many ASCAP and BMI Awards. Most recently, Tape Room songwriter Hunter Phelps earned nominations for songwriter of the year and song of the year for HARDY’s “Wait in the Truck” (featuring Lainey Wilson) at this year’s ACM Awards, while Phelps and fellow Tape Room songwriters Zach Crowell and Ben Johnson earned CMA Triple Play Awards.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with two of the most successful, forward-thinking companies in our industry,” said Tape Room Music president Blain Rhodes in a statement.
“We are excited to partner with Ashley and the world-class team at Tape Room,” added Red Light founder Coran Capshaw.
Tape Room was represented by Loeb & Loeb LLC, with Loeb attorneys Derek Crownover, John Rolfe, Megan Pekar and Willie Jones handling the transaction. Red Light and Firebird were represented by Elliot Groffman of Carroll Guido Groffman.