Atlantic Records and independent music publishing and artist development company Big Yellow Dog Music have joined forces in an exclusive label partnership. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Big Yellow Dog was founded by Co-owner/CEO Carla Wallace and Co-owner Kerry O’Neil. Over the past two decades, the company’s roster has been recognized with numerous accolades, including four GRAMMY® Awards; 34 #1 songs; four Song of the Year awards from ACM, BMI, and ASCAP; five ASCAP/BMI Pop awards; and many more. This marks Big Yellow Dog’s first label venture.
The first release from the Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic partnership is the new track from rising singer/songwriter Brynn Elliott. “Time Of Our Lives” arrives today – the same day Elliott graduates from Harvard University, where she has spent the past four years studying philosophy while simultaneously earning attention for her uniquely provocative pop songcraft. Elliott’s debut EP, slated for release later this year, will also include her breakthrough single, “Might Not Like Me,” which has already drawn more than one million streams and counting.
Co-written with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue), the “TIME OF OUR LIVES” EP features a series of distinctive pop songs fueled in large part by Elliott’s studies at Harvard. Each of the five songs on the EP was inspired by a different philosopher or set of ideas, with “Time of Our Lives” drawing on Heidegger and existentialism and “Might Not Like Me” absorbing feminist critiques of Descartes into a buoyant and empowering pop anthem. In addition to studying philosophy as song inspiration, the Atlanta-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist spent most of her weekends and summers on the road, playing over 200 shows both on her own and as special guest to such artists as Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, and Alanis Morissette.
“I’ve been friendly with Carla and Kerry for a while and have always been impressed by their taste, sincerity, and successful early bets on creative talent who have gone on to incredible long-term careers,” said Atlantic President of A&R Pete Ganbarg. “The more we spoke about it, the more it seemed like a no-brainer to partner up. And the fact that literally one day after our deal closed, Carla heard Brynn’s music for the first time is such incredible synchronicity that we couldn’t have made it up if we tried. Brynn is a world-class talent who is just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s to come. All of us at Atlantic are thrilled to be working with both Brynn and Big Yellow Dog.”
“We couldn’t be happier to join with such a legendary label, and most importantly, to be able to work with Atlantic’s powerful team of highly innovative music lovers.” adds Co-owner/CEO of Big Yellow Dog Music, Carla Wallace. “I’m delighted to be collaborating with Pete after all these years of friendship, and thank you to Craig, Julie, and Espo for believing in this exciting partnership. I couldn’t imagine starting this deal any other way than coming out of the gate with such an inspiring artist as Brynn Elliott. “