On Music Row: One of the Row’s biggest stars switches managers

Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 10:10pm
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Megastar Tim McGraw has signed to Red Light Management’s artist roster, where he will join Dave Matthews Band and Phish.

Coran Capshaw, founder and owner of Red Light Management, called McGraw a visionary artist and “a leader who shares our entrepreneurial spirit, a natural pioneer who embraces the cutting edge in everything he does.”

Since the early 1990s, McGraw has scanned over 40 million records and rung up 30 No. 1 singles. He also has won more than 40 awards and, with his wife Faith Hill, holds the record for the biggest consecutive multi-year tour in country music history with a box office gross of $142 million dollars for their “Soul2Soul Tour” outings in 2006 and 2007.

Capshaw founded Red Light in 1991 and has been the personal manager of Dave Matthews Band ever since. Sister company Starr Hill Presents promotes live music, helping produces several festivals, including Bonnaroo.

Chip Peay returns

After an eight-year hiatus from the entertainment business, Chip Peay has returned to Nashville to reopen Chip Peay Entertainment along with three music publishing companies.

Peay managed Alan Jackson from 1995 to 2000 and oversaw all facets of his career. Before that, he managed the careers of Ricky Skaggs, The Bellamy Brothers, Ronnie Milsap and others. His new publishing companies, Big Wide Pants Music, Blue Canary Music and Bogey Blue Music, will focus on single-song deals.

“There’s all kinds of ways to skin a cat,” Peay said. “And right now there are a lot of great songwriters and great catalogs in this town laying dormant. We’re trying to find the right deal for everybody involved.”

Capitol names Mabe SVP

Capitol Records Nashville has promoted Cindy Mabe to senior vice president of marketing from vice president. She will oversee marketing, media, creative services, production and international strategies for Capitol and report directly to Capitol President and CEO Mike Dungan.

Since joining the label in March 2007, Mabe has overseen marketing campaigns that have landed the label five No. 1 albums and broken two new acts — Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. Mabe was also instrumental in organizing the 2007 and 2008 Capitol Records Pub Crawl.

— www.musicrow.com