Sony Music Nashville artist Nate Smith, who earned a No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hit with “Whiskey on You” early this year, signed with The Neal Agency for booking representation. He is also represented by The Core Entertainment for artist management. The Neal Agency’s roster also includes Morgan Wallen, Bailey Zimmerman, HARDY, Ernest, Chase Rice, Anne Wilson, Ella Langley and Jake Worthington, as well as lifestyle brands Whiskey Jam and Stevenson Ranch. – Jessica Nicholson
Genre-agnostic singer-songwriter Atlus signed with UTA for global booking representation. The Denver native is preparing to hit the road on his nine-stop High Expectations tour and will release his latest single, “Tom Petty,” on Friday (Aug. 1). He’s represented by Brett Saliba and Mackenzie Coberley at UTA.
Warner Music China signed Chinese R&B artist Elva Hsiao. The label will work to strengthen Hsiao’s domestic following while using its international network to boost her fanbase throughout Asia and the rest of the globe. According to a press release, Hsiao was the first native Mandarin-speaking artist to release an R&B album into the Chinese market and is one of the country’s biggest-selling artists.
The Familie signed singer-songwriter sombr (born Shane Boose) to its roster. Sombr signed with Warner Records earlier this year and will be releasing an EP in September. He’s best known for the track “Caroline,” which was propelled by TikTok where he boasts over 258,000 followers and 8.7 million likes.
Artist-songwriter-producer JHart (a.k.a. James Abrahart) partnered with United Masters for the distribution of his upcoming D’Mile-produced EP, The Wishing, The Wanting, The Longing, which is slated for release on Oct. 27. As a songwriter, he has co-written songs for artists including Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, Rita Ora and Little Mix. He is managed by Lucas Keller, Danny Herrle and Nic Warner at Milk & Honey Music + Sports.
Songwriter-executive producer-vocalist Trey Campbell signed a worldwide management deal with SILO: Music. The Grammy-nominated Campbell has collaborated with artists including Kim Petras, Giveon, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Lola Young and John Legend. He was brought to the company by SILO: Music director of A&R, management/publishing Jessica Thomas.
Cincinnati-based singer-songwriter Nolan Taylor (“68”) signed with Atlantic Records, which released his latest single, “Wicked Ways,” on Friday (Aug. 25). He’s represented by Kanan Vitolo at WME for booking and managed by Julian Wilkey at Unlikely MGMT.
Chicago band Friko — comprised of Niko Kapetan (vocals/guitar) and Bailey Minzenberger (drums) — signed with ATO Records. The label re-released a new 7-inch vinyl of the band’s “Crimson to Chrome,” limited to 500 copies worldwide, and will put out its debut album early next year. Friko is represented by manager Dawn White and booking agent Erik Selz at Arrival Artists.