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The Song Placement Pros Songwriter community was established in 2017 as an indie songwriter’s opportunities division of Award-Winning, Platinum Record selling publishing and Artist/Songwriter Development Company "Merf Music Group".
(CEO) Ray Hamilton had been developing personal friendships as well as music business relationships with record labels, producers, music supervisors, hit songwriters, and signed recording artists across the United States and around the World since 1994 as a songwriter and producer and in 2007 launched MMG on Music Row with the encouragement of his friend and mentor “Hall of Fame Songwriter, Indie Publisher of the year and at the time SVP of BMG Roger Murrah.
In 2016 the company landed their first major-label artist cut on Miranda Lambert’s Album “The Weight Of These Wings” The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the all-genre US Billboard 200 chart and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition to winning Album of the Year at the 2017 ACM awards, it’s considered by several music publications as one of the best albums of the year. In 2020, the album was ranked at 480 on Rolling Stones' 500 greatest albums of all-time list.
In 2016 after spending a couple of years watching a phenomenal singer-songwriter work closely with his staff writers, and sing a few demos for the company, Ray made the decision to invest in this new up-and-comer and co-ventured in an artist/development and publishing deal with "Ashley McBryde" and Golden Vault Music and in 2018 she signed with Warner Bros. (WMN) and landed multiple cuts on her next 2 major-label albums.
Since then, the company has had music on 3 Grammy-nominated albums, celebrated an Emmy nomination for best performance on the CBS morning show, and been a part of 3 records that have received multiple CMA, and CMT nominations and wins.
To date, our company has had 25 major-label cuts and multiple indie cuts with artists including, Trisha Yearwood, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde, Sister Sadie, Pam Tillis and Lori Morgan, Randy Rogers, and Wade Bowen, Trent Tomlinson, and Country and Christian Music icon Gary Chapman Etc...
We have also had the pleasure of working and placing music with several Artists from the "THE VOICE" including Gwen Sebastian, Red Marlo, Jesslee, Caeland Garner, and Taryn Papa, as well as multiple sync placements with the following networks including Netflix, CMT, TNT, A&E, FOX, ABC, CBS, and The Discovery Network.
The MMG/ SPP staff and past and present team members have also facilitated co-writes and cuts with several major label artists and Hit Songwriters including Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Dan Truman of Diamond Rio, William Michael Morgan, Dan Smalley, Aubrey Sellers, Gary Chapman, Shane McAnnally, Mo Pitney and more, since the launch of the company in 2007.
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Words from current members of Song Placement Pros.
"SPP has been the single most outstanding force in the development of my songwriting
career. Ray and the entire crew are not only great at what they do, they are great friends as well! Merf Music Group is a very positive force in my life as well as the entire music industry."
“I appreciate you giving me an education this pass year, I’ve definitely become a
stronger songwriter, producer from loads of learning and experimenting with the music I
create and it’s getting to a point we’re I’m starting to like what I’m hearing and I even
listen to other songs on the radio differently like studying the producers composition and
how they lay there production out and trying to apply it in my own productions.”
“I’m greatly appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the SPP songwriter family and
team. This creative platform you have opened for people to be able to put forth their
musical works is amazing! An outlet where the professional musician and the everyday
person like myself can be part of it.”
“Your assistance has proved to be invaluable! Priceless, as the saying goes...Thank
You Sir! “
“Thanks for the good news from Warner Bros. More importantly, thanks for the opportunity to have you guys do the pitching on my behalf! It’s a very valuable service!”
“This company is the most proactive and supportive that I have had the pleasure of
associating with in the industry.
As a songwriter, I really feel that they are in my corner and rooting for me. All their
feedback and advice is constructive and valuable in taking my craft forward. Bravo!”
“I chatted with a pro songwriter friend of mine, and he didn't beat around the bush... He
confirmed everything you laid out for me and then some.
I've done all the digging I can stomach. Your reputation makes my decision an easy one. I can't wait to see what Song PlacementPros.com is hiding behind the curtain!
Thanks again, Ray! “
“Ray and the SPP team, you don't know how much I'm enjoying working with you and your team. I feel like my songwriting is getting better and better because I'm thinking
more outside the box, plus, by having you to bounce songs and ideas off of is making it exciting.”
Gary Don Smith