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The in-house touring division of Morris Higham Management has become part of Paradigm, bringing country stars including Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion
By Jon Chapple on 26 Nov 2018
Paradigm Talent Agency has acquired Dale Morris & Associates, the touring arm of Nashville country music powerhouse Morris Higham Management.
As part of the deal, Dale Morris agents Mike Betterton and Nate Ritches become part of Paradigm’s Nashville team, bringing country music superstars including Kenny Chesney (the only country act in Billboard’s top-ten touring acts of the past 25 years), Old Dominion and Walker County to the agency.
In addition to the touring business, a “strategic alliance” between Paradigm and Morris Higham Management (MHM) sees the two partner to “create unique and compelling opportunities for MHM management clients”, expanding the management company’s global reach.
LA-headquartered Paradigm has similar strategic partnerships with Independent Talent Group and X-ray Touring in the UK, as well as formerly with the Windish Agency and AM Only in the US, which have both since rebranded as Paradigm.
The agency’s Nashville roster already includes the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Brent Cobb, the Mavericks, Ben Folds and the Lumineers.
“Dale Morris and Clint Higham’s beliefs and values perfectly align with our art and artist philosophy at Paradigm”
“In today’s world, where global reach is needed and music delivery changes daily, having the strongest team possible is critical to continue growing,” says Morris Higham co-head Clint Higham. “We have always thought outside the box, taking Kenny to stadiums and building Old Dominion without a record deal. To me, this affords us a much bigger box to think outside, and that’s everything Dale Morris & Associates was built on.”
“I have always believed you put the artist and the fans first,” says Dale Morris & Associates founder Dale Morris. “When you make that the priority, stay connected to the business and keep it your focus, you can do things people say are impossible. We’ve always got in the trenches, bringing the acts to the people, and we’ve built careers that last for generations.”
“Dale Morris and Clint Higham’s beliefs and values perfectly align with our art and artist philosophy at Paradigm,” adds Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores. “They are unique, independent pioneers who share our unwavering focus on the artists we represent and the art they create.
“Our cultures complement one another perfectly. We both have a fierce commitment to our artists, and we will be utilising the combined strengths and resources from both companies to push this partnership into new territory.”
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