Songwriter Scooter Carusoe signs joint worldwide publishing deal
Writer of hits for Taylor Swift, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Kenny Chesney and more
By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International
You might not know the name Travis Hill, but you will probably recognize his ‘alter ego’ Scooter Carusoe. You will certainly know the titles of some of the twenty+ Number One songs that he has co-written.
Now, Endurance Music Group and Warner Chappell Nashville have entered into a joint worldwide publishing agreement with acclaimed songwriter Hill, known professionally by his pen name Scooter Carusoe. Notable recent releases co-written by Carusoe include “You All Over Me” from Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift, “Want That Back” by Brett Eldredge, and “Some Habits” by Cole Swindell. He also claims recent cuts by fellow EMG songwriter Jimmie Allen, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Hailey Whitters.
EMG President Michael Martin shares, “One of the standout reasons I left ASCAP a few years ago to start EMG was the opportunity to work with Travis. I’ve been fortunate to walk with him on his journey from A&R to publishing and to witness his impact as a writer and lyricist on our music community. The entire EMG family loves working with Scooter, and we’re thrilled to enter this new and exciting season with the Warner Chappell team.”
Warner Chappell Nashville Vice President of A&R Ryan Beuschel adds, “I’ve been a huge fan of Scooter’s since 2005 when I first heard his self-penned mega-hit, “Anything but Mine.” I’ve always admired his ability to paint pictures with poignant lyrics and stories that make the listener feel like they’re watching a music video unfold in their mind. It’s a dream come true to have Scooter in the Warner Chappell family!”
Carusoe has lived and worked in the Nashville music community for over two decades and co-founded independent music publisher Carnival Music. Over the course of his career, he has had a hand in over 20 #1 hits, including Darius Rucker’s “For the First Time,” Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” and “Mean to Me,” and Chesney’s “Better as a Memory” and “Anything but Mine.”
His songs have been performed on the Grammys, the CMA Awards, and the ACM Awards, and have earned multiple NSAI, ASCAP, and SESAC awards. His works have been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Lady A, Uncle Kracker, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Sugarland, Gary Allan, Jordan Davis, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, and more.
On a personal note, I have known Michael Martin for almost 30 years and have witnessed firsthand the heartfelt support he gives to songwriters. During his tenure as Vice President of Membership at ASCAP, he showed the same care and respect for new and emerging songwriters as he did for the megastar writers. That care and attention continues in his role as President of EMG.
Founded in 2015, Endurance Music Group is the Nashville-based music publishing and music rights acquisition platform of Raven & Company. In addition to strategic catalog acquisitions, EMG is a full-service publishing company with administration and creative services for their writers. EMG is the creative home to multiple hit songwriters and artists, including Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell, Scooter Carusoe and more. They can lay claim to more than 50 #1 hits and numerous top five and top ten singles. For more information, visit www.endurancemg.com and on Instagram @endurancemg_nash.
Pictured (l-r): Warner Chappell’s Ben Vaughn, EMG’s Michael Martin, Scooter Carusoe, EMG’s Lauren Funk, Warner Chappell’s Ryan Beuschel. Photographed by Ed Rode at Virgin Hotels Nashville.
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