Lil Wayne’s rap career started in 1996 with the hip-hop group, Hot Boys, and has continued to see great success as a solo artist. Wayne not only sits as the CEO of his own label, Young Money Entertainment, but has also achieved hundreds of awards and nominations, including 5 GRAMMY wins and 24 nominations.
“Nothing is going to hold back my creativity this year. I am very excited to be teaming up with Sound Royalties to help bring my plans for 2018 to life. Sound Royalties understands the music world and is helping me utilize my past successes to fund and propel new projects and continue creatively evolving.”
Top Nashville songwriter Danny Myrick has penned hits for country stars Tim McGraw, Craig Morgan and Jason Aldean, including 2009’s “She’s Country.” In addition to writing, Danny is currently producing a documentary “Ghost Town Troubadours” and a farcical musical “Church: A Spirited Revival.”
“With Sound Royalties, the personalized approach and the trust factor really sold me. They genuinely wanted to help, especially with my finances. Songwriters are not always the best business people in the world, but Sound Royalties helped me settle my outstanding debts, while also allowing me to invest in equipment for future projects. Working with Sound Royalties has been awesome; from the first conversation through the entire deal, everything was great.”
A reggaeton pioneer, Eliel has worked alongside the genre’s greats including Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Niki Jam, Wisin y Yandel, and more. He is currently creating a new album that showcases the future of the genre with new talent from around the world called “El Que Habla Con Las Manos, Beats by Eliel.”
“I have worked with many companies over the years, but never had a relationship like I do with Sound Royalties – I am completely satisfied with them and their work. Thanks to the financial assistance I received, I can focus on my future projects with no worries. I can move forward with my career and take it where I want it to go. Sound Royalties has allowed me the opportunity to work full-force, to continue to grow, and to win more awards and more GRAMMYs.”
Known as the “Godfather of Gospel/Jazz”, Ben Tankard is a GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter, musician and producer who has composed more than 250 songs in his impressive career, including the single “Rise!,” which climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart. He and his family also star in Bravo TV’s reality television show Thicker Than Water,now in it’s fourth season.
“I am super excited about my relationship with Sound Royalties. They embrace you like family. Everyone is genuinely concerned with your thoughts and your dreams. I am super thankful for the partnership with Sound Royalties and I look forward to this being a long relationship into the future.”
The creative genius behind top hits including Pitbull’s Timber, Fifth Harmony’s Worth It and Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s Somethin’ Bad, Priscilla has established herself as a gifted songwriter and is now taking those talents to her own album.
“Sound Royalties really gave me the freedom to pursue things that I wanted to pursue, because I wanted to pursue them, not because I had to. It gave me space to go and make my record and feel OK with taking a break from writing for other people. This was the perfect move for me. Forging this relationship with Sound Royalties has enabled me to have breathing room, and to really think about my career from an ownership position rather than as an employee. If more people knew that something like this was possible, they would make better decisions and it would raise the bar for the industry as a whole.”
A six-time Grammy Award-winner and 24-time nominee, Malik Yusef is a trusted contributor for Kanye West, JAY Z, Beyonce and Drake, among many other top artists. He continues to impress with his avant-garde skills as a songwriter and producer across music, TV and film.
“Sound Royalties’ track record is impeccable and their personal service is unmatched. If people are thinking of making a play, this is the top-tier company to deal with. Sometimes banks don’t understand the music field and what we do, but Sound Royalties is in that business and understands it. I’m looking forward to making more moves with the company to stimulate the other areas of my business and create more opportunities for my fellow artists.”
Sonia Leigh is an independent artist who has crafted her own unique country rock sound over the last 20 plus years. Following her 1998 debut, Remember Me, Leigh has performed extensively as a solo artist, headliner, and as the supporting act for Jason Mraz, The Marshall Tucker Band, Zac Brown Band, and Blackberry Smoke. The singer-songwriter is also featured in music from Big & Rich, Uncle Kracker, Kree Harrison, and Zac Brown Band, with whom she co-wrote the #1 certified gold country hit, “Sweet Annie”.
“Sound Royalties offers an option for songwriters to get funding from their previous and future successes without selling the farm. In the music business, sometimes it’s hard to get the ball rolling, especially for independent artists and writers. Sound Royalties provides that chance with the rewarding benefits of working with a team that is always in your corner, helping you grow, and connecting you to people. I met Priscilla Renea whom I write with and is now one of my best friends all because Alex insisted that we needed to connect. Thanks for being a friend to me and the music industry.” – Sonia Leigh
A music industry trailblazer for over 30 years, Jay King released a new album, including single “Good Kinda Lovin” in the U.S. in 2017. Best known for his multi-million-dollar selling #1 song on the Billboard R&B charts “Rumors,” King’s other hits include “Lean on Me,” “Situation #9,” “Heavy on My Mind” and “I Got 5 on It.”
“Sound Royalties is a true partner that’s really looking out for your best interests in the long run. It’s often hard to have enough money to produce your next record, to market and promote, but Sound Royalties put extra dollars in my pocket immediately. They’ll even return royalty overflow to me, where most companies keep all that money. If you want a company that’s going to work with you, that you can take at their word, that will make sure you can survive based on your royalty stream, that’s Sound Royalties. I’m very glad that a company like this exists.” – Jay King
Co-founder of the production company Basement Beats, Jay E’s music career quickly catapulted after he produced rapper Nelly’s multi-platinum album “Country Grammar” in 2000. The producer has worked with heavy-hitters in hip hop, such as Murphy Lee, J.R., Chingy, Story of the Year, Bubba Sparxxx and Krayzie Bone.
“My experience with Sound Royalties was amazing. They came through with everything we discussed, exactly how we discussed it. The process was quick and clear cut. If you’re an artist that’s looking for capital, this is the way to do it. The fact that they will never take ownership of your copyrights, even in default, made my decision to work with them that much easier.”
Known for his work in the sports and TV industries, Terry Fox has worked extensively with the NFL producing music for Super Bowl LIII, the NBA, and TV shows “Grown-ish” and “CSI: New Orleans”. Possessing a strong background in writing and producing hip-hop music, Fox has also been featured on 106 & Park’s Freestyle Fridays on BET, as well as MTV’s MADE.
“Sound Royalties helped open doors for me that have changed my entire career in ways I would have never imagined. From offering upfront capital to allowing musicians to receive pass-through income, Sound Royalties nails it with creative-friendly solutions. Working with them was a seamless process with no hassles, and now I’m able to create my work in my own studio. What Sound Royalties is doing will continue to support others just like me.”
Brenda K. Starr
An iconic pop voice of the late 80s, singer and songwriter Brenda K. Starr is best known for her Grammy Award-nominated and #1 pop ballad “I Still Believe” and her club/dance smash “What You See is What You Get.”
“I knew right after speaking to Sound Royalties that they were the company that I could trust. Sound Royalties supported me and helped me with my journey. They believed in me and allowed me to keep creative control. The company is simply Heaven-sent.”
Fragancia of DLG
Fragancia is a member of New York-based salsa band Dark Latin Groove, known for mixing salsa with reggae and urban to create a unique sound. After a successful run in the late 90s, the band recently reunited and released a new album in 2018, titled Historias Sin Contar.
“When I first heard about Sound Royalties, I thought it was too good to be true. Once other artists realize what Sound Royalties is doing, this company is going to be a part of the history of music business. Everyone at Sound Royalties is cool, everyone loves you. I’m happy with everyone here.”
Self-taught composer and producer, Josh Mobley, has worked on music for hit television series, film and most recently, iPhone Apps. Mobley’s talents can be heard in the NBC TV sitcom, “The Office” and TNT’s “Wanted”, as well as movie teasers for the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez “Grindhouse” movie.
“Sound Royalties just makes things easier. Working with this company allows music and entertainment professionals like myself to invest in our careers and creative vision in an artist-friendly way, that is unique compared to traditional funding services. I know that I made the right decision by choosing Sound Royalties.”
For 15 years, master songwriter Makeba Riddick has crafted chart-topping tracks for stars like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez. She’s now expanded to TV as a music producer and songwriter for FOX hits Empire and Star, and has launched production company 1220 Music Group.
“Sound Royalties can dig deep and find money that you didn’t know you have waiting – that is golden for an established, creative person! In 3-4 weeks, I was already collecting on monies owed to me that had just been sitting out there… If you are a creative person and there’s even a small possibility that you have money unclaimed sitting somewhere, this is the company for you.”
The Mad Stuntman
The Mad Stuntman shot to fame with his track “I Like to Move It” with Eric Morillo in 1997. He’s now recreating that same fun-loving vibe with his new album, Unleashed.
“I was going through a stressful time as I was finishing up the album. I owed some money over the years. And when I first heard about Sound Royalties, I didn’t believe that it existed. A friend introduced me to Alex Heiche (CEO & Founder) and he explained to me what was going on. Alex is like magic! I will tell everyone that if they’re looking for royalty financing to go to Sound Royalties.”
Multi-platinum selling artist Kevin Lyttle burst into the international spotlight with his worldwide hit “Turn Me On” in 2003. The success continues today with both Kevin’s own career, as well as the record label he launched for fellow Caribbean artists – Tarakon Records.
“If you believe in a project, Sound Royalties really gives you more peace of mind knowing you still have your ‘cushion’ and you can use some of your future money toward making things bigger. It also gives you more time to promote because you spend less time worrying about where the money is coming from… We made this move with Sound Royalties and great things started happening and are continuing to happen, so we’re pretty grateful.”
Daraja Hakizimana’s musical style is best known for its rap elements infused with jazz and electronic R&B. The Houston based rapper debuted his poetic talents in 1998 and has since established his own company, Blackwater Productions, which has allowed him to nurture and develop his unique sound of poetic rap intertwined with jazz and electronica.
“Sound Royalties genuinely supports my music and creativity. They are always available and ready to help fund me as an artist. I really enjoy that I have been able to develop a true artist to business relationship with them. Working with Sound Royalties is proof that even without being on a major record label, you can have and fund a successful career as an independent artist.”
Darius Barnes, also known as Phonix Beats, recently launched his very own record label and has produced hop-hop hits such as J. Cole’s “No Role Modelz”, Fabolous’ “We Good” featuring Rich Homie Quan, “Fumble” by Trey Songz and “Let Me Explain” by Bryson Tiller. Barnes has also worked extensively on projects with top artists such as Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign and more in the last 15 years.
“I’ve been in music for so long, and I got tired of going through the typical hassles with financing. But my experience with Sound Royalties has been delightful. They made the process simple and easy–no gimmicks, no strings, and no puppet master. My latest advance helped me to jumpstart my own record label and move from Los Angeles to Atlanta to expand my business. Now I’m excited that not only do I get to continue working with A-list artists, but I can start putting out projects for new artists on my own label.”