HENDERSONVILLE, TN â€“Â January 8, 2014Â â€“Newsboys, Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Royal Tailor, Hawk Nelson, and several others have added a name to their CD’s label copy that might at first seem unexpected.Â Daywind Music Publishing, traditionally known for being a mainstay in the Southern Gospel market bolstering hit songwriters such asÂ Karen Peck,Dianne Wilkinson,Â Marty Funderburk,Â Kenna West,Â Sue Smith,Â Jason CoxÂ and several more, has launched a new publishing division with full force.
In the spring of 2012, Daywind Music Publishing saw the value in expanding into other areas of the Christian music publishing space and initially brought on one new songwriter. That writer,Â Sam Tinnesz, was the guitarist for 10-time Dove nominated CCM band Mikeschair. Sam was also the co-writer of their hits including â€œLet The Waters Riseâ€ and â€œSomeone Worth Dying For.â€ In his first year of signing with Daywind, he quickly landed cuts on new releases by Natalie Grant (â€œDead Aliveâ€), Newsboys (â€œThatâ€™s How You Change The Worldâ€), Mandisa (â€œDear Johnâ€), Hawk Nelsonâ€™s current radio single, â€œFaithful,â€ and more.Â This early success gave Daywind the confidence to jump fully into the publishing world of CCM.Â Daywind hired music veteranÂ Chad GreenÂ as Senior Creative Director to oversee the growth of this newly formed publishing division. Green has nineteen years of music industry experience including eleven years with ASCAP and 4 years with Word Music Publishing.
Within his first month at the company, Green had finalized a pending deal with indy touring worship band,Â Hearts of Saints. The bandâ€™s title track of their current CD, â€œFor All of Usâ€ was also recorded by Natalie Grant for her recent release,Â Hurricane.Â Immediately to follow, Green signed Dove-nominated songwriterÂ Michael FordinalÂ and brought in cuts on Royal Tailor (â€œGot That Fireâ€) and a number of songs on the upcoming release,Â Scripture Songs for Kids.Â Later, Green signed Grammy and Dove nominated writer/producerÂ Aaron Rice, who is currently co-writing for and producing the songs inspired by album for the upcoming motion picture â€œDay of Warâ€ entitled,Â Praise and Arrows. In addition, Rice is co-writing and producing former American Idol contestant Jeremy Rosadoâ€™s debut album with the first single, â€œHope forÂ Tomorrow,â€ (Rice/Rosado/Tinnesz) releasing this month. Rounding out the newly formed CCM addition with a focus on worship, Green signedÂ Justin KintzelÂ to the team.Â Kintzel is the Campus Worship Pastor for the worldâ€™s largest Christian university, Liberty University located in Lynchburg, VA.
In addition to expanding the roster and growing the catalog, Green has been busy putting together a collection of worship songs,Â Songs for the Living King, that will be released in time for Easter and has partnered on songs with worship leaders across various states including Virginia, Georgia, Montana, Texas, and of course, Tennessee.Â Worship leaders on this project include Justin Kintzel, Jarrod Morris, Matt Warren, Michael Farren, Paul Reeves, Benji & Jenna Cowart and more. When asked about all that has happened over the past 7 months, Green states, â€œIâ€™m very excited about this new chapter in my career and getting to partner with all of these incredibly talented writers and producers. Iâ€™m also thankful for the opportunity to work with such respected individuals as Rick Shelton and Ed Leonard. We all have big dreams, big goals, and thankfully an even bigger God! Letâ€™s see what kind of fun we can have in 2014!â€