Capitol CMG Publishing Staff
Capitol CMG Publishing President Eddie DeGarmo has had a storied music career. He was one of the leading pioneers of contemporary Christian music as part of rock duo DeGarmo & Key, recently honored with induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Throughout his 17 years with D&K and successful solo venture, DeGarmo sold millions of albums and garnered 11 Grammy nominations, along with dozens of Dove award nominations. He went on to co-found ForeFront Records, where he developed gold and multi-platinum selling Grammy winning artists such as dc Talk, Stacie Orrico, Audio Adrenaline and Rebecca St. James. DeGarmo eventually sold the label to EMI and focused on music publishing, later returning to EMI as President of EMI CMG Publishing. Every year since 2004, EMI CMG Publishing has been named Christian Music Publisher of the Year by both Billboard Magazine and ASCAP. In 2004 and again in 2012, EMI CMG Publishing attained that honor with Billboard, ASCAP and BMI, an unprecedented achievement. In January 2013, EMI CMG Publishing and Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing combined to form Capitol CMG Publishing, a division of Capitol Christian Music Group. Under DeGarmo’s leadership, Capitol CMG Publishing continues to be an industry leader in Christian music throughout the world.
senior vice president
Casey McGinty is a 20-year veteran of music publishing, having worked for Benson Music, Buddy Killen Music, and now Capitol CMG Publishing, a major, award winning Christian music publisher with over 300 writers. As Sr. Vice President of Capitol CMG Publishing, Casey jointly develops strategic plans, negotiates contracts and oversees creative and business operations. Casey was a part of the pioneering team that launched WorshipTogether.com in the late 1990’s, which has introduced many of the most popular congregational church songs in use today. He also played an instrumental role in recent successful negotiations between the National Religious Broadcasters and the Performing Rights Organizations for improved non-commercial radio rates for music.
Casey is a 1987 graduate of Belmont University’s Music Business program, Treasurer of the Copyright Society of The South, an Executive Committee member of the Church Music Publishers Association, Chair of the CMPA PRO Committee, and a member of NARAS, ASCAP, the Gospel Music Association, and the Administrators of Gospel Music.
Casey has been writing songs for over 30 years and enjoys it as an avocation. He is a guitar player as well as an occasional worship leader at his home congregation, Belmont Church, in Nashville. Always an optimist, Casey’s mission as a music publisher is to bridge the gap between songwriters and corporate resources in order to fulfill mutual goals. Residing in Nashville he enjoys movies, reading, Frisbee golf, tinkering in GarageBand, and spending time with his wife and three children.
vice president - publishing administration
Kent Draughon is the Vice President of Publishing Administration for Capitol CMG Publishing. He’s worked for CMG in some capacity ever since his junior year in college… (which is to say, ever since he had a mullet). Kent manages the jedi-knight team of licensing, royalty and copyright specialists that care for thousands of songs written by hundreds of CMG songwriters. Additionally, Kent evaluates potential acquisitions and monitors the company’s financial results. He’s the source of most country, funk and gospel music being played in the office. Kent is a member of NARAS, The Copyright Society of the South, The Church Music Publisher's Association, Administrators of Gospel Music, Providence Baptist Fellowship and Chairman of the Nashville Chapter of M.A.V. (Men Against Veggies). Kent and his wife Joy can often be found at a local Mexican restaurant teaching their two boys all about the NASCAR points system.
director - creative
John J. Thompson has been involved in the music industry for over twenty years. At the age of 19, he founded True Tunes Etc, in Wheaton Illinois, a retail store, concert venue and magazine that became “ground zero” for the emerging underground of faith-fueled modern music of the 1990s. After leaving the True Tunes staff in 2000, he became the Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for Cornerstone Festival. Along the way he also built a solid reputation as a music critic and feature writer for many publications including CCM Magazine, HM Magazine, Christianity Today and Christian Musician and is a frequent speaker at colleges and conferences. Thompson has served as Capitol's CMG Publishing’s Director of Creative and Copyright Development since 2007 where he focuses on song promotions of all types; sync, print, licensing and A&R. He also serves as Music Supervisor for films on behalf of Capitol CMG and is always looking for new streams of revenue for Capitol CMG songwriters.
director - worship resources
Worship Together has played a major role in Jimi Williams’ development as a worship leader. After attending a Worship Together conference in 1999, Williams was inspired to spend two years planting a new church. Williams joined Capitol CMG Publishing in 2004 with over eight years experience in Christian music publishing and over ten years experience leading adult and youth worship. Williams left Capitol CMG for a short time in 2006 to build and pastor a worship team for a new video service that his church was starting. Now he returns to Capitol CMG Publishing and Worship Together directly from his position as a full time worship pastor. As Director of Worship Resources, Williams oversees all aspects of Capitol CMG Publishing’s worship-related initiatives. This includes managing Worship Together events, New Song Focus Team (a worship music resource for churches), the Worship Together song catalog and WorshipTogether.com.
manager - worshiptogether.com
David, more commonly known by his nickname of "Gutie" around the office, manages the WorshipTogether.com website and helps put our songs into the inboxes, hands, iPods and hearts of worship leaders around the world. In addition to to his duties at Capitol CMG, he is also on staff as worship leader at his church in Brentwood, TN.
When Gutie's not at work dreaming up new ways to promote our songs he can usually be found swimming at the Y, enjoying a burrito at Blue Coast or sitting on the front porch swing with his wife Jocelyn.
Matt manages relationships with and for our roster of staff and artist songwriters. This includes writer & catalogue development and branding, song pitching, and song marketing. Matt is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, and has been part of the creative team at Capitol CMG Publishing since 2003. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, having a great cup of coffee, and adding to the list of books he wants (but probably will never will have time) to read. You can often find him baby bjorn-ing his son and trying to convince his wife that the family needs a dog.
director of film/tv music
Jeremy has been with Capitol CMG Publishing since 2004 working with songwriters and artists. Song marketing/promotion, artist development, and writer management are his main focus. Before coming to Capitol CMG he was a songwriter for Windswept Music Publishing as well as an artist signed to Curb Records. When Jeremy isn’t listening to or talking about songs (which is about 95% of his time) he is spending his time pursuing his other passions which include the study of studying, protecting the endangered Myotis Grisescens (or Gray Bats), collecting rare thoughts and saving shiny pennies.
As Executive Assistant to President Eddie DeGarmo and Sr. Vice President Casey McGinty, Lauren helps keep things running smoothly and also serves as a central point person for our department. Her alternate title, coined by one of our business partners, is “The Glue.” Although she prefers the term “Super Glue.” In addition to exercising her talent for holding things together day-to-day, she has a passion for worship and enjoys singing, writing, acting and other creative pursuits. Lauren relocated to Nashville in 2005 with a God-given vision to work in Christian music… His provision of a place in the family at Capitol CMG Publishing has been a gift! She is honored to work with this fantastic team of creative (and humorous) professionals, as well as our incredibly talented writers... who she promotes tirelessly to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen.
Andy High has been involved in many aspects of the music industry since before his graduation in 2003 from Belmont University with a major in Commercial Music. He has freelanced as an arranger, orchestrator, engraver, transcriber, and copyist. He joined the Capitol CMG Publishing team in spring of 2007, and now handles all aspects of the rapidly changing print business, bringing his diverse take on the medium to CMG Publishing. He works with artists, managers, label personnel, and other publishers to coordinate print products, song placement, and general product creation throughout Capitol CMG Publishing’s artist roster. In his spare time he’s probably either cycling on some woe begotten back road in Middle Tennessee, or fiddling with sundry technological devices. He guarantees that whatever’s playing on his iPod right now is better than what’s playing on yours.
Liz George has been a part of the team since 2004, after serving Capitol Christian Music Group in several temporary assignments. Liz oversees logistics for various events and showcases, assists with film and tv pitches, and provides social media marketing and content support for WorshipTogether.com. She also cannot wait for the “skinny jeans on guys” trend to go away.
manager - copyright
Jeff is responsible for maintaining contracts and copyrights as well as managing our subpublisher and PRO relationships. In addition, Jeff oversees the publishing studio and helps with writer demos. When he's not in the world of publishing, Jeff works on homes and audio projects. Tools and electronic gear are his vices. While he used to obsess about disc golf and carry a 16 disc bag, now that he is older and more sophisticated, he strives to break 100 on the golf course.
commercial licensing specialist
Christopher facilitates the licensing process on our commercial licensing website, coordinating the licensing of our songs on a daily basis to music companies, record labels, etc. Christopher is a 2008 graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University where he majored in Music Business. In his spare time, Christopher’s interests include staying up to date on the latest news, politics, and historical documentaries. One of his favorite TV shows right now is Duck Dynasty, jack. He also loves music, singing, and any kind of artistically creative or visual outlet. His dislikes include long lines for roller coasters, iPhone autocorrect, gumball machines that get stuck, socks with no mate, and needles.
Carter Hamblin aka “Cotton,” is a Mississippi native that found his way into the music industry. As part of the Copyright team Carter works with our writers and the A&R staff to set up new songs and new song payouts; as well as maintaining the contract tracking database. Other related tasks include researching and responding to all copyright related inquiries and disputes. Carter joined Capitol CMG Publishing in 2012 after earning his B.B.A. in Music Business from Belmont University. He is always looking to cause a laugh, and have a good time. Carter is an avid baseball fan, (Go Braves!) local musician, and has a great passion for music and people.
Kristina works with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC ensuring songs are set-up to receive public performance royalties. She also copyrights songs with the Library of Congress. Other roles include being the department Safety Monitor and the official time keeper of how old the coffee is, for all the coffee snobs. After starting at Capitol CMG Publishing as an intern, Kristina convinced everyone to let her stay and then joined the team full time.
When not at the office Kristina enjoys outdoor wilderness adventures, learning ballet, having deep thought-provoking conversations, watching old movies and adding to her vast collection of random information.
noncommercial licensing specialist
Sharon is our non-commercial licensing specialist, helping churches, ministries and non-profits obtain the rights to use and record songs. While attending Belmont University, she interned here at Capitol CMG, and after graduating got hired by another publishing administration company doing royalties. After several years there she returned to Capitol CMG to take her current position. She spends more time on the phone than anyone else on the admin team and is proud to not drink coffee.When she’s not at the office, Sharon enjoys hiking, sky-diving, traveling and being outside.
Kelly handles anything and everything related to royalties for the publishing department. Kelly graduated from Belmont University where she majored in Music Business and minored in Math. She is an alumna of Phi Mu sorority. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Kelly is a huge Clemson Tigers fan and enjoys competing in the office Fantasy Football league. Outside of the office she enjoys cooking, reading, and solving jigsaw puzzles. She’ll be the first to tell you that a bouncy house is called a Moon Bounce, not a Moon Walk.
manager - licensing
Bio coming soon
Leslie Linebaugh started her music business career at The Benson Company in 19.., and then ended up back at Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing in 1998, with stints at Meadowgreen Music and Randy Cox Music in between. In each of her posts, Leslie has supported key Creative staff such as Randy Cox, Marty Wheeler and Holly Zabka with general business administrative tasks. With the combination of Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing and EMI CMG Publishing, Leslie now joins the Capitol CMG Publishing team as their Publishing Administrator. She has a degree in Communications from The University of Tennessee, and yes, her blood does run deep orange! In her spare time she volunteers for Kappa Kappa Gamma, belongs to several book clubs, attends First Presbyterian Church (Franklin), and dreams of going back to Ireland.