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Loeb Closes Natalie Hemby Catalog Sale and Songwriting Agreement With CTM/Outlander

Loeb & Loeb is pleased to announce the firm’s representation of Natalie Hemby, a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, in the sale of her music catalog to CTM/Outlander Music, a new joint venture between Outlander Fund and CTM to acquire music publishing and master rights with a goal to invest $1 billion over the next five years. Loeb also represented Hemby in her co-publishing agreement with the joint venture for future songs to be delivered.

Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Hemby signed her first publishing deal in 1997 and has since written songs recorded by artists Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Chris Isaak, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack and Johnnyswim, among others.

Hemby has garnered eight No. 1 country singles: Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and “Tornado,” Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird”, “White Liar” and “Automatic,” Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” and Jon Pardi’s “Heartache Medication.” Among her impressive discography includes co-writing hits such as Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” (a No. 3 Billboard single) and “Only Prettier” (a No. 12 Billboard single), Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t Rush” featuring Vince Gill (a No. 27 Billboard single), and “A Little More Love” by Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice (a No. 28 Billboard single). Most recently, Hemby co-wrote songs off Miranda Lambert’s Wildcard album, including the Grammy nominated song “Bluebird.”

“Natalie is that rare songbird that can translate her talent into an international hit-maker for artists. We have a worldwide pop presence and we intend to plug her into more co-writes on the pop side while she continues to flourish here in Nashville,” said André DeRaaf, CEO of CTM/Outlander. Hemby has recently been collaborating with international superstars Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran. 

“I am so pleased with my new partnership with CTM,” Hemby said. “André and his team had a great history of growing his company Imagem as an international name, and they have plans to do the same with CTM. I am honored that they selected me as their first deal in Nashville. I love my Nashville roots, but I also relish the idea of co-writing more in the pop space. I think that CTM will just increase my opportunities in that space and also satisfy that part of me that has always been in my songwriting style.”

“I also would like to thank Derek Crownover, Loeb & Loeb and their team for helping me look outside of the box on this deal,” Hemby continued. “Kella Farris, my business manager was also instrumental in helping to close this deal with the Loeb team. I am very happy with the deal, my team and my new partnership with CTM/Outlander.”

Click here for more information on Billboard’s website.

Loeb Entertainment partners Derek Crownover and John Frankenheimer, Of Counsel John Rolfe and associate Megan Pekar represented Hemby in the transaction.