Mississippi native Craig Wiseman celebrates 5 years



Wiseman’s resume contains 21 No. 1 hit singles and greater than 100 singles and lots of awards, together with the Grammy for Country Song of the Year. (Video by C. Todd Sherman / The Clarion-Ledger)

In Craig Wiseman’s first 5 years of residing in Nashville, he discovered himself enjoying drums for $25 an evening within the standard, upbeat bars of downtown Nashville.

The Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Hattiesburg native by no means thought his report label, Big Loud Records, would develop into house to award-winning artists, produce greater than 100 singles, a number of gold and platinum standing certifications and 50 No. 1 hits.

“It’s crazy because I remember starting the record label of Big Loud five summers ago,” Wiseman stated. “People go bankrupt doing this kind of stuff. I am very excited and fortunate to have talented people and to work for them.”

Saturday marks 5 years since Wiseman co-founded Big Loud Records with producer Joey Moi and artist supervisor Seth England, his two trusted enterprise companions. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation, the Hattiesburg native will not be in a bar celebrating with drinks.

However, Wiseman, who turns 57 in August, nonetheless has loads to be glad about.

“The year 2020 has been a weird year,” Wiseman stated. “But even with COVID-19, the record label has still been able to put out No. 1 records and do great stuff. The label had two No. 1 songs in June and July.”

One of the highest hits was a track by Morgan Wallen titled “Chasin’ You”, a track that Wiseman deemed an “100% Big Loud” manufacturing.

Craig Wiseman: Hit songwriter Wiseman draws on Mississippi roots

“I wrote that song with Morgan and one of our writers, Jamie Moore, ” Wiseman stated. “We were super pumped about it and the song is still in the top 10.”

Big names on Big Loud Label 

The report label consists of a head-turning roster that features Wallen, Jake Owen, Chris Lane, HARDY, Mason Ramsey, MacKenzie Porter, Ernest Ben Burgess, Ashland Craft, Larry Fleet and Sean Stemaly. Big Loud is accountable for garnering six No. 1 hits plus greater than 5 billion international streams. 

Wiseman additionally works with a Mississippi-based artist named Michael Wilson Hardy — often known as HARDY — who not too long ago dropped an album that has caught the eye of the music listeners.

In July 2019, the label was first within the nation as a prime streaming market shareholder amongst true impartial Country labels. With a various set of artist and songwriters, Wiseman prides the corporate on placing out the very best music.

“We put out the best music,” Wiseman stated. “We by no means actually take note of genres as a result of we like to combine it up.

“Being a songwriter and an artist is loads like skilled sports activities. You spend your entire life coaching for that five- or six-year interval. And, you are fortunate if you happen to get previous that. I’m blessed to have gotten round a whole lot of younger artists who can keep present, forcing me to  not get caught in my era.”

‘Trying to remain new and daring’

Before Big Loud Records was established in 2015, the label began off as Big Loud Shirt Publishing in 2003. From there, Wiseman partnered with Moi and England in 2011 to create Big Loud Mountain Publishing and Management in 2011.

In 2015, the report label division was established earlier than the companions merged all three firms, together with enterprise capital fund, Big Loud Capital, in 2017.

With all the adjustments, innovation and success with the music label, Wiseman stated he has not overlooked his important objective and ardour to create new, recent music.

“It’s not about placing probably the most cash in your pocket,” Wiseman said. “We wish to be the following huge factor and we’re attempting to remain new and daring.

“I love what I do. I was born for this. When I was in the bars playing drums and making $25 a night, I loved every minute of it. If you are not writing music that gives people that extra spark, then you’re not doing it right and you’re not going to make a living.”

‘Hottest label in Nashville’ objective

When Big Loud Records began, Wiseman was not afraid to confess that the label was on the backside of the totem pole in Nashville.

Wiseman’s willpower, alongside together with his companions, songwriters and artists, consistently pushed him to satisfy his dream. He believes that report label has a shiny future forward.

“My ardour for that is an 11 on a scale of 10,” Wiseman said. “In the following 5 years, I would really like for us to be the most well liked label in Nashville. 

“We was on the backside however we’re heading up that ladder. Fans don’t desire secure decisions on the subject of music. They need nice stuff. It’s our job to maintain it coming. We by no means accept much less.”

Wiseman’s resume contains awards similar to receiving the Mississippi Governor’s Arts Award in 2015, being inducted into the Nashville Hall of Fame, the Hattiesburg Hall of Fame, a Grammy for Country Song of the Year, in addition to Song of the Year by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), CMA and ACM for “Live Like You Were Dying.”

Contact Wilton Jackson at @wcjackson@gannett.com. Follow him on Facebook and @wiltonreports on Twitter.

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