Today, Sony Music Publishing Nashville announced it has signed a global publishing agreement with publishing and artist development company Relative Music Group (“RMG”).
Founded in 2017 by father/son duo Dennis and Jesse Matkosky, Relative Music Group has quickly gained prominence as a songwriter-focused development company with its first signed act, Michael Hardy, who recently became a Partner at the company.
ACM Male Artist of the Year nominee Michael Hardy, aka HARDY, has become one of today’s top singer-songwriters in country music. He is known for penning hit songs such as his No. 1 single “One Beer” ft. Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down,” and Cole Swindell’s current top 5 hit “Single Saturday Night.”
Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston stated, “Relative Music Group has done an incredible job of championing songwriters with an independent spirit that embodies everything that makes Music Row special. We’re thrilled to partner with Dennis, Jesse and Michael as we work together to elevate their company and vision to new heights.”
“We are so excited to be working with Rusty and the entire Sony Music Publishing family. It is clear they believe in our vision for the future of Relative Music Group and will be the perfect partners to help us get there,” said Dennis and Jesse Matkosky, Founders, Relative Music Group.
Relative Music Group is home to an incredible roster of songwriters, including rising star Bailey Bryan, who recently rose to fame with her single “play w/ me” which earned viral TikTok success and accumulated over 2 million views. Her latest project Fresh Start was released on May 2021 and has already amassed over 11 million streams to date. In addition to creative development, RMG specializes in a wide range of services for its songwriters, including synch. The company has secured over 350 synch placements throughout film and television, including promotions for Apple, Coke, the hit series Game Of Thrones, and many more.