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Steve Markland

Downtown Music Publishing
VP, A&R

A 25 year veteran of the music publishing industry, Markland has discovered and nurtured some of the most talented songwriters in Nashville including Brett James twice the ASCAP "Songwriter of the Year” and Jeffrey Steele, who won multiple BMI and NSAI “Songwriter of the Year” awards, artists such as: Brothers Osborne, Randy Houser, Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses, as well as the two­time 2014 Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves (Country Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year). Prior to joining Downtown, Markland served as Vice President of A&R, Nashville at Warner/Chappell Music, a position he held since 2009. Previously, Markland was tapped to open Windswept Publishing’s Nashville office in 1996, under Markland’s leadership the company earned over 50 ASCAP and BMI “Most Performed Songs” awards. From 1993 to 1996, Markland was Director of Creative Affairs at Patrick Joseph Music. A native of Ohio, Markland began his career in the music industry as an intern at RCA Records while attending Belmont University in Nashville.