Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville Signs Josh Hoge to Exclusive Worldwide Deal
NASHVILLE – January 18, 2018 – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, today announced that versatile Nashville songwriter Josh Hoge has signed a global publishing deal.
A Franklin, Tennessee native, Hoge is known for his versatile and cross-genre songwriting style. He has co-penned number one hit songs “Think of You” and “I’m Comin’ Over” for country musician Chris Young, as well as six songs on the artist’s latest LP, including title track and lead single “Losing Sleep.” Hoge also co-wrote Kane Brown’s certified gold song "Used to Love You Sober" and charted single “Thunder in the Rain.” In 2016, Hoge was named SESAC Songwriter of the year.
“When a company like Universal Music Publishing has a philosophy that is “Songwriters First,” what writer wouldn’t want to be a part of that? As a leading publisher in this business, they still have that small family feel which I love most,” said Hoge. “The passion Kent Earls and his entire staff showed in getting me to join was like no other I’d seen in my 10 years of doing this. It was a no brainer for me to sign with this awesome new team!”
“We have closely followed Josh’s career over the last decade and jumped at the chance to bring him into the UMPG family. He is an incredibly talented melodic singer-songwriter with an innate gift for focusing on the artist’s vision in co-writing sessions. We’re honored to work with him and excited to further his career as a songwriter,” Kent Earls, EVP and GM of UMPG Nashville.
Hoge has written for an array of other artists including Tyler Farr, Backstreet Boys, Lupe Fiasco, Blake Lewis, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Justin Moore, Miranda Lambert, Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Josh Abbott Band, Randy Rogers and many more.
Hoge’s musical career began as an R&B solo artist and pop songwriter working with artists such as Backstreet Boys and Jesse McCartney. He was part of a duo, Jukebox Mafia, and toured with Miranda Lambert.