Capitol CMG Publishing Staff

Casey McGinty

executive 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 Executive 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 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.

Kent Draughon

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.


Jimi Williams

vice president - creative

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


David Gutekunst


David, more commonly known by his nickname of "Gutie" around the office, manages the 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.


Josh Kotras

creative manager

Bio Coming Soon.


Jeff Gunkel

director - 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.


Jason Lundgren

copyright associate

Bio coming soon.


Kristina Johnson

copyright specialist

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.


Sharon McCarthy

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 Vaughn

royalty specialist

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.


Lisa Stutts

director - licensing

Bio coming soon.


Leslie Linebaugh

manager, contract administration

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.