More than four years ago, Disney Music Group closed the doors of its country music label, Lyric Street Records. Despite its size, it represented some of the largest acts in country music including SHeDAISY and — most notably — Rascal Flatts. While Disney attempted to shift most of its acts to other music divisions, the most successful of the lot took the news by leaving Disney altogether.
Country music continued to course through Disney’s veins, however, particularly on ABC which took on the drama hit ‘Nashville,’ which would soon inspire a very popular soundtrack (volume one, volume two). Ironically enough, the ‘Nashville’ soundtrack was produced by Big Machine Records, the same label Rascal and Flatts moved to. Additionally, ABC continues to enjoy a strong relationship with the Country Music Association, whose annual award show will next air on the network on November 6.
Aside from recent trademark applications, from which the logo above was retrieved, there has been minimal fanfare about Disney’s formal return to the world of country music. The relatively small amount of news announced this past summer included the appointment of Patrick Clifford as Vice President of Music Publishing and A&R and that Lucy Hale, of ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ would be one of the label’s first artists, releasing a country music album in 2014.
Interestingly enough, a deeper search indicates that DMG Nashville was in development as early as 2011, according to this entry on VampireFreaks.com. That post, which was published on January 2, 2012 has the poster indicating s/he is the ‘Head of the Creative Music Development departement [sic] at DMG Nashville (Lyric Street).’ Another internet find has Clifford and DMG Nashville actively soliciting songwriters on musicxray.com.