Further establishing its reputation for innovation, BIG LOUD RECORDS has announced SONGS & DAUGHTERS, a brand-new, female-focused label partnership with ACM award-winning songwriter NICOLLE GALYON. Galyon will serve as President of Songs & Daughters, and the label’s flagship artist is gifted singer/songwriter MADISON KOZAK.
The mission of Songs & Daughters is to be a music home for female creatives that nurtures the art (the song) and the artist (the daughter). Providing a platform for these women to tell honest stories about real life, the company will shine a spotlight on a new generation. Galyon created the company to provide the mentorship and strong female leadership she wished she had when she first moved to Nashville 17 years ago.
“The heart behind Songs & Daughters is to be rooted and liberated at the same time,” shared Galyon. “For me, this role is an extension of something I already am — and that’s a mother. I hope to nurture the song, I hope to nurture the daughter, and I hope that the artists matter just as much as the music that we’re making. Songs & Daughters is a bigger way to tell young female creatives, ‘yes you can’.”
“Nicolle Galyon has become a beacon to what this community is all about. I’ve watched first-hand how she has encouraged young artists to be confident, to be themselves, and — most importantly — never be afraid to speak their truth,” praised Big Loud partner Seth England. “It’s been our vision to eventually create unique and strategic partnerships with like-minded professionals. Nicolle is ready to take the next step in her professional journey, and Big Loud couldn’t be more thankful she chose us to be her partner.”
Kozak will relesase her first track under Songs & Daughters across all digital platforms this Friday (7/26) titled “First Last Name.” Inspired by her close relationship with her father, who instilled in her a love of Country music, the song was co-penned by Kozak with Claire Douglas and James Slater.
A 22-year-old native of Ontario, Canada, Kozak attended Belmont University and is currently signed to Big Loud’s hitmaking publishing arm.
“It feels full circle with my background to come from a big family, small town, and then to connect with Nicolle who has the same upbringing,” Kozak says. “It feels like a very natural step to take with Big Loud. They have been watching from a distance the past year, letting me grow on my own with their help. I’m so grateful for their support and that it’s such a natural flow.”
Revealing the news yesterday (7/22), Songs & Daughters hosted a pop-up celebration at Nashville’s Ruby event space. A wall-to-wall crowd of industry insiders sipped on specialty-themed cocktails among chic, modern décor while the announcement was foreshadowed with an all-female Country playlist floating through the room. England first took the stage to introduce Galyon, who articulated her vision for the company before introducing Kozak and revealing her as the first signee. Then, attendees were treated to a moving performance of “First Last Name” by Kozak, leaving the room buzzing with applause and anticipating more from the exciting newcomer.
View photos from the Songs & Daughters launch party here.
Billboard had an exclusive interview with Galyon and Kozak on the unprecedented partnership – read here.