Nashville, TN (February 8, 2021)
CCM industry executive Ryan Wesley Smith has announced the launch of new venture Big Future Music Group (BFMG), a Nashville-based record label, music publishing, and management company. With a mission to champion artists and songwriters, helping provide them with the tools and resources they need to get their stories heard, BFMG has partnered with Sony’s The Orchard for distribution, and the #1 music publisher in the world, Sony/ATV.
Partnering with Smith in the launch of BFMG are veteran manager and label executive, Mike McCloskey (advisor), who’s worked with chart-topping artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, and Newsboys, among others, and multi-genre producer and songwriter Tyrus Morgan (A&R consultant), who’s penned hits “Who We Are” (Courtney Ramirez) and “Good Fight” (Unspoken).
Smith moved to Nashville in 2014 where he’s been serving the industry ever since. Before launching BFMG, Smith was a part of the team at Awakening Events, a Global Top 50 Concert Promoter (Pollstar), working with artists such as TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, and more. He also spent time working with Story House Collective where he handled day-to-day marketing operations for GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West. BFMG isn’t Smith’s first entrepreneurial endeavor: in early 2019, he launched Chordwell, an artist development and music marketing company, which boasts clients such as for KING & COUNTRY, Ty James, YoungHeart, Cade Thompson, and labels WORD|CURB Entertainment and Loyalty Records.
“I grew up going to concerts with my dad, and dreamed of one day working with artists, songwriters, and creatives. Big Future is the manifestation of those dreams coming to fruition,” said Smith of the endeavor. “We believe the best days are ahead, and are excited to champion Abby and ensure her incredible talent and heart are shared with listeners globally.”
Along with the launch, BFMG announces the signing of flagship Christian music/pop artist Abby Robertson, whose debut single “Sanctuary” comes out Friday (2/12). Her classic style and genuine heart has already touched thousands, performing at international festivals in Isreal, Malta, and Ethiopia, and opening for acts like Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp, and even The Beach Boys.