'An extremely versatile tunesmith': UMPG signs Natalie Hemby to global publishing deal

Natalie Hemby

A-list Nashville songwriter Natalie Hemby has inked a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.

Hemby has written songs for country artists including 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, Johnnyswim, and many more. She has penned six No. 1 country singles to date: Lady Antebellum’s Downtown, Little Big Town’s Pontoon and Tornado, Miranda Lambert’s White Liar and Automatic and Justin Moore’s You Look Like I Need A Drink.

In 2015, Hemby released her documentary, Puxico, which she co-produced and also co-wrote the songs for. The film’s soundtrack was Hemby’s first record as an artist and received positive reviews.

August 2017 saw Hemby open for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on their Soul II Soul tour, as well as for Amy Grant and Vince Gill for 10 nights at the Ryman Theatre for their Christmas Show. Earlier this summer she opened on several dates for Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, on the Bandwagon Tour.

Of the signing, Hemby stated: “Universal Music Publishing has always been a company not only passionate about music and songs, but also about the songwriters. I am beyond excited to be a part of such a dynamic group of people who are heartfelt and dedicated to their writers.”

Kent Earls, UMPG Nashville’s executive VP, said: “We’ve always had a deep admiration for Natalie’s writing and artistry. She is an extremely versatile tunesmith with a once in a lifetime voice who can balance hit songs with lyrical integrity. Natalie is a dream come true and we’re elated she chose UMPG to represent her.”


By Sophie Nevrkla

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