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Sea Gayle Music and BMG Partner with Leaving Austin for Exclusive Worldwide Co-Publishing Agreement


Emerging Country Act Leaving Austin Partner with Sea Gayle Music and BMG for Exclusive Worldwide Co-Publishing Agreement

Pictured (L to R): Front row: Michael Stevens, Austin Machado, Davis Forney, Christina Wiltshire; Back row: Chris Oglesby, Jake Gear, Chris DuBois, Zach Kelm, Marc Driskill


With Over 5.5 Million Streams and Counting, California Country Band Set to Release Southern Gold EP April 12




Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 12, 2019) – Emerging country band Leaving Austin have signed a new worldwide co-publishing deal under a partnership agreement with Sea Gayle Music and BMG Nashville. The deal encompasses the groups’ songwriting catalog and future works. 


With over 5.5 million streams and counting, the California trio is set to release their Southern Gold EP on April 12 following the recent streaming success of “Nothing But You” (1 million +) and their brand new track, “She Can.”


Comprised of Austin Machado, Davis Forney and Michael Stevens, Leaving Austin is forging a path in country music that’s solely their own.  The trio’s smooth vocals and distinctive songwriting have made them one of the most sought after new bands in Nashville. 


"I have been working with the Leaving Austin guys in the writers room and the studio over the last year or more and have been blown away by their talent, artistic vision and chemistry as a band,” commented Sea Gayle’s Chris DuBois.  “Sea Gayle is excited to partner with BMG and represent Leaving Austin in the publishing world.  Big things are coming for this band and we are proud to be part of it.”


“Our passion for creating music together has brought us through six years of writing and recording songs at night, touring on the weekends and working on dairy farms and in coffee shops during the day,” Stevens remarks. “We recorded our first album in a bedroom and did it all on our own. We have always known, no matter how long this takes, we’re doing this, and we’re just beyond grateful to now have the folks at BMG and Sea Gayle to come along side of us and believe in us.”


Leaving Austin’s independently-released EP’s, Leaving Austin and That Feel Good, have over 3.5 million streams to date. The band has played in venues up and down the west coast giving them the opportunity to open for Michael Ray, Josh Turner, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Cassadee Pope, Chris Lane, Brett Young, Joe Nichols, Eric Paslay and more. 


Through these local shows, the band caught the attention of Steve Pleshe, Program Director at Fresno’s Kiss Country/KSKS, and his popular morning show duo, Gnarley Charley and Jody Jo.

"We've been fans of Leaving Austin from the beginning,” remarked Pleschy.  “They have a great sound that is going to fit in perfectly with country radio. I can't wait to brag about them when they get their first No.1."


"Leaving Austin has their fingers firmly planted on the pulse of where the country format is heading,” remarked Jake Gear, Senior Creative Director.  “Their songs are made for radio, and their live show for arenas.  I've been a fan of these guys for quite some time - and thrilled to partner with them alongside Chris & Marc at Sea Gayle."


About Leaving Austin: Hailing from a small farming town of Visalia, CA Leaving Austin is forging a path in country music that’s solely their own. Comprised of Austin Machado, Davis Forney and Michael Stevens, the trio’s smooth vocals and distinctive songwriting have made them one of the most sought after bands in Nashville. After independtly releasing their first two EP's, Leaving Austin and That Feel Good, which garnered over 3.5 million streams on Spotify, the group has continued to steadily grow their loyal fanbase, catching the attention of some of some of the music industry's top names. Following the recent streaming success of their most recent singles “Nothing But You” (1 million +) and their brand new track, “She Can,” Leaving Austin will unveil their latest, Southern Gold EP on April 12. 

Get Connected with Leaving Austin: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeavingAustin/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leavingaustin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/leavingaustin

About Sea Gayle Music:  Sea Gayle Music, established in 1999 and celebrating its 20th year, is a leading independent music publisher and artist development company based in Nashville Tennessee.  Sea Gayle recently celebrated its 50th #1 song and has twice earned the distinction of being named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year.      

About BMG: BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. Key to its innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. BMG is already the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 15 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 2.5m songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach. BMG is owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, which also includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. With its multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income, BMG aims to be the best company in music to do business with. www.bmg.com



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