NASHVILLE, TENN. (NOV. 18, 2019) — Black River Entertainment’s President & CEO Gordon Kerr announces the signing of MaRynn Taylor to its publishing and artist roster. 

On Wednesday (11/13) Black River signed the Rockford, Michigan native as their newest and youngest recording artist and songwriter during a live broadcast interview and performance on the legendary 650 AM WSM radio’s Coffee, Country and Cody

“I’m always honored to be in the presence of the legendary Hall of Fame radio host, Bill Cody,” said Kerr. “650 AM WSM continues to play an integral part in the history of country music. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin MaRynn’s journey than to share this experience with Bill, Charlie, and the Coffee, Country and Cody audience.”

Following her first live performance, MaRynn shared how she came to know the folks at Black River during the 2019 "CMA Fest" and her hopes of eventually signing a record deal when Cody surprised her with an unusual question.

“There I was in my first radio interview, feeling nervous yet humbled to know that Bill Cody would have me on the show,” MaRynn recalls. “The next thing I knew, I’m in the middle of a great conversation with him, live on the air, and he said something like, ‘What if I told you, you were going to get your record deal right now?’ Of course, I started to cry when Gordon handed me the contract.”

Delighted to play a role in this first chapter of MaRynn’s career, Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos met her for the first time the morning of the interview in the 650 AM WSM studios at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. 

“MaRynn’s sweet, endearing shyness and soft-spoken nature belies the God-given gift that becomes immediately apparent when she opens her mouth to sing!” said Cody. “18 years old and only in Nashville for a few months, she effortlessly and naturally sings with the comfort and ease of a seasoned studio and stage performer. I was truly honored to be asked to share in her very emotional surprise BRE record deal signing. She’s destined for much greater things! I look forward with anticipation and excitement to see her stardom realized in the years ahead.”

Earlier this summer during "CMA Fest," Black River held its first-ever 60-Second Spotlight, a performance opportunity for aspiring musicians, songwriters and music lovers to perform for 60 seconds in front of Black River’s executive staff. At the end of the first day, MaRynn Taylor and her mom made their way to the booth just as it had closed. Only a few days shy of 18, MaRynn visited with the staff of Black River for a few minutes and ultimately played a song for them on the guitar, while sitting on the stage. That initial conversation led to this moment, the morning of "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards," only five months later.

“I left my life in Michigan to chase my dream in Nashville and never would have thought that I’d find my Nashville family so perfectly in Black River,” shared Taylor.

Underneath the Black River Entertainment umbrella is a family of record labels, a management company, a GRAMMY-winning publishing company, and state-of-the-art recording studios.

Black River Records, Black River Americana, and Black River Christian make up the family of record labels. The combined roster of artists includes Abby Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Josiah Siska, and MaRynn Taylor; Carolina Story; Hannah Kerr and Josh Wilson. Thrive Management provides artist management services within Black River Christian.

Black River Publishing is home to many talented writers including: Hit songwriters/producers Bobby Huff and Josh Kerr, songwriter/artists Eddie Garcia, Willie Jones, Anna Vaus, and Nick Wayne, songwriter Jacob Davis, songwriters/Black River recording artists Abby Anderson, Carolina Story, Hannah Kerr, Josiah Siska, MaRynn Taylor, and Josh Wilson, and the catalogs of hit-songwriter/Black River Recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, hit songwriters/producers Doug Johnson, Forest Glen Whitehead, and GRAMMY-winning songwriter Josh Osborne. For more information about Black River Publishing, please visit and follow them on Instagram.

Owned and operated by BRE, the historic Sound Stage and Ronnie’s Place studios are located on Nashville’s famous Music Row and have set the standard legendary artists/musicians/producers have appreciated since the late 1960s. Artists from multiple genres have cut hits in these studios including 50 Cent, Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Casting Crowns, Alice Cooper, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Jerry Lee Lewis, Korn, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, PHISH, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Keith Urban.

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