According to The Tennessean, the label announced the signing of Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Smith and Walker Hayes as is its initial artists. Monument will be an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment and not a branch of Sony Music Nashville.
McAnally rose through the local music industry ranks as a songwriter and producer, helping craft the music of artists such as Kacey Musgraves and Sam Hunt. But he's also shown an eye and ear for talent, developing Sony country band Old Dominion and launching his own publishing, production and artist development firm Smack Songs.
Owen is president and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment, and manager for top country artists Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Dan + Shay and Musgraves. He was a finalist to land the job of chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville - a post that ultimately went to Randy Goodman two years ago.
Smith has already earned a reputation as a top young songwriter in Music City. She's penned songs for artists like Meghan Trainor and John Legend, but also country legends Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. Hayes, who signed to Smack Songs for which he released an EP in 2016, is currently working with McAnally on a new studio album.
Rounding out Monument Records’ executive staff is Katie McCartney, who will serve as SVP Marketing & Label Operations.