SOURCE AWARD RECIPIENT
Sony / ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music, ole Songs
Tammy Brown enjoyed a 28-year career in the music business, 16 of those at Sony Music Nashville. Her desire to help music creators led her from an Oklahoma farm, to Okla. City (where she attended school with Vince Gill) to Los Angeles and eventually to Nashville. In 1987, Pat McMakin hired her as studio coordinator at Sound Shop Studios, owned by Tree Publishing. A year later, he helped her secure a position at Tree (Sony ATV) as creative assistant. She soon became admin. assistant to Tree vice president/ producer Paul Worley, who she followed to Sony Music Nashville when he joined the record label in 1993 and was also Scott Siman’s exec. assistant. She was the first to introduce her peers to artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban, among others. In 1998 she was upped to A&R Supervisor/ Rep and years later she became associate director, A&R. Tammy was instrumental in signing Billy Ray Cyrus to Monument Records and was his A&R rep. She’s co-chaired committees, taught interns and was honored to bring Jude Cole to
town. Her ear for talent and songs were key in matching songwriters and artists for writing sessions plus playing songs to Little Big Town, Martina, Doc Walker, Marty Stuart, Montgomery Gentry, Travis Tritt and many others. When Sony merged with another company, Tammy moved to ole Songs as creative manager, helping Shane Barrett set up the new Nashville division.
In 2008, Tammy was diagnosed with cancer and stepped back from the music industry.