Meet Our Writers.

Matt Armstrong

Matt Armstrong is a Songwriter/Producer from Buffalo, NY. Since moving to Nashville, TN in 2003 he has helped write songs with Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Passion, Ed Cash, Aaron Shust, Ellie Holcomb, Selah, Worship Together, Bebo Norman, Benji & Jenna Cowart, Jimmy Needham, and more.

Kenna Turner West

Kenna Turner West’s career in gospel music began in 1983 when, as a new Believer, the eighteen year-old joined the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Blackwood Brothers. Over twenty-five years later, God has continued to open doors for Kenna to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the nation and around the world, alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell, at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.

Tony Wood

I am a writer. Writers operate in small rooms, shut away from the rest of the world and kept from normal people. We occasionally invite one - maybe two others to join us in the process of creating. I’ve often compared what I do as a songwriter as to being like one who makes shoes for an artist.

Stephen Christian

Stephen Christian spent years perfecting his craft both on and off the stage as the lead singer of Anberlin. He was able to work with producers/writers including Butch Walker, Neal Avron, Dan Wilson, Aaron Sprinkle and Brendan O’Brien while refining his ability to craft great lyrics and melodies. Anberlin ended up selling over 1,000,000 albums collectively and their biggest single “Feel Good Drag” has been certified gold.

Jeff Sojka

Jeff Sojka spent the past few years building his chops in various studios around Southern California and drumming for the buzz band Of Verona.

Josh Zegan

Josh Zegan spent the better part of a decade as the guitarist for EMI rock band Dizmas. He crafted his approach to songwriting in various studios with producers such as Raine Maida, Brian Garcia and Steve Wilson.

Josh Bronleewe

Josh moved to Nashville in 2007 to lead worship at a small church plant. Soon after, Josh was signed to Centricity Music Publishing where he began to hone his songwriting craft.

Brice Long

Brice Long is a native of Hopkinsville, KY. As an Artist he’s had charted singles with “It’s Only Monday” and “Anywhere But Here”. His self titled album is available on iTunes or wherever digital music is sold.

Jason Blaine

Canadian Artist Jason Blaine moved to Nashville in 2007, signing a publishing/production deal with Anchor Down/ New Millennium Music. Shortly after, he began his Canadian Artist career, signing with eOne Records. Jason earned CCMA Honors for Song of the Year in 2012, and has celebrated 15 top 15 Canadian Singles, and three #1 videos with CMT Canada.

Molly Reed

One month before graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Belmont University in Nashville TN, Molly Reed inked her first Publishing deal in April of 2007 with This Music Publishing, a co-venture with Warner Chappell. She began co-writing with some of the music row greats, and continued to blossom at a rapid pace.

Wayne Haun

It's true -- and Wayne Haun would be the first to admit it. He's not the kind of producer who personally engineers his studio projects, but then he genuinely does not have the time to spare. As a 4-time Grammy nominee, 25-time GMA/Dove Award winner, and 3-time BMI Music Award winner, Wayne Haun is known for his behind-the-scenes work as a songwriter, producer, arranger, orchestrator, record label founder, publishing company owner, and more.

Zealand Worship

The journey to Zealand Worship has been a wild and adventurous one that no one anticipated. Led by Phil Joel, best known for his long-standing role as bass player and vocalist for the multi platinum-selling band Newsboys, the band has been faithfully traversing a road that has been as unscripted and unexpected as it has been ordained. When Phil left Newsboys after thirteen years, it wasn’t long before the phone started ringing and ministry opportunities began to emerge from organizations such as Acquire The Fire, Winter Jam, Harvest Crusades, Men at the Cross, major Christian music festivals and churches throughout the United States, New Zealand, Australia and even China.

Joel Lindsey

Joel Lindsey is one of the most celebrated and award winning writers in the genres of CCM and Inspirational music. With over 800 cuts, Joel has garnered 20 #1's, with songs recorded by a "who's who" list of CCM and Gospel artists. In addition, Joel has cuts with mainstream artists such as CHRIS MANN, CLAY AIKEN and THE BACKSTREET BOYS.


“I’ve always been a fearful person. And the thought of stepping out was scary for me, but I had promised the Lord that if He said go, I would go.” - Blanca For most of our lives, we associate who we are with where we are. Be it a house, a job, a relationship…it’s natural to let our surroundings define us. Sooner or later, we often forget that we even have an identity beyond where we are and what we do. If and when the familiar goes away, we have a choice—lose ourselves alongside everything else or rediscover who we’ve been all along...


Deena Jakoub and Brandon Brown, originally from Dallas, found new inspiration in Nashville, where drummer, Kyle Levy, and guitarist, Trevor Hinesley, joined to complete the group. VERIDIA officially formed in 2013. Their unique fusion of alternative rock and electronic elements quickly attracted major label attention. In their short time together, VERIDIA has already played Suburbia and Gulfport music festivals, opened for Red and Demon Hunter on their recent tour, and will be appearing at Voodoo Fest in October. The band has also been tapped to play the 2014-2015 Winter Jam tour.

Family Force 5

Derek “Chap Stique” Mount recalls a conversation he had a few years ago with Jerome Olds, the patriarch of the family whose sons started Family Force 5 over a decade ago. “At one point he said to me, ‘Hey man, you know what’s wrong with you guys? When you first came out, you were reckless. You’re not reckless anymore,’” recalls the guitarist. “And on this album, we wanted to capture that recklessness again. Just hit ‘record’ and see what happens.”...

We Are Messengers

We Are Messengers is a family, band and ministry from Ireland now based in the United States. At the heart of our vision is the desire to serve God and to see His radical love transform our lives and our communities....

Big Daddy Weave

Truly compelling music makes the personal universal. Few artists have done that more consistently or more movingly than Big Daddy Weave. Through more than a decade of hits like "In Christ,” “Audience of One,” "You're Worthy Of My Praise," “Every Time I Breathe,” What Life Would Be Like,” and “You Found Me,” they have shared the journey in a way that has won the ongoing respect of fans, press and industry alike.

Chris August

Chris August has struck a balance in a beautiful tension. The soulful singer-songwriter who cites influences from Stevie Wonder to Boyz II Men accepts the call to speak the truth and pour every ounce of his being into his music, without taking himself too seriously. This equilibrium is evident on the award-winning artist’s new record, The Upside of Down.


Before the fall of the Soviet Union, American missionaries would set up Christian radio stations along the Soviet border and transmit the Gospel into the communist territory. Religion was seen as a threat to the Soviet leadership, so the government would try to jam the frequencies. But—as it tends to do—the message of the Gospel would still come through. People listening closely and at the right times could hear the good news of Jesus broadcasting through the radio.

Francesca Battistelli

Call it life feeding art. Call it truth in advertising. Call it a vintage Francesca moment. It happened as Francesca Battistelli was working on the follow-up to My Paper Heart, one of the most joyful and successful national debuts in recent memory, and it provides a telling glimpse into the mindset that makes her art so powerfully uplifting.

Group 1 Crew

If there's one word to aptly describe both Group 1 Crew's artistic ingenuity and personal growth since we last heard from the five-time Dove Award-winning troupe, it's certainly Fearless as the title to their fourth studio CD so boldly proclaims. Besides pushing the musical envelope towards an endlessly infectious stream of hip-hop, rap, pop, rock and inspirational confections, it's impossible not to notice the exponential personal growth for co-vocalists Manwell Reyes and Blanca Reyes Callahan.

Love & The Outcome

Imagine, if you will, selling most of your worldly possessions (including the place you call home) and hitting the road to pursue a musical vision. You're leaving your native country. You have no idea what's ahead. You don't know where you'll rest for the night. You take stock and realize that all you have—or all you have left—are your songs, your dreams, your spouse, and your trust in God … and these four things make up the rope of hopefulness you cling to, day in and day out.

Meredith Andrews

Meredith Andrews has always had a gift for writing honest, compelling songs that resonate powerfully with an audience. Over the course of her first two Word albums, people have come to appreciate the Dove Award-winning artist’s love for God and her heart for people. She’s formed a strong bond with her audience, and yet as open and vulnerable as Andrews has been before, the true heart of this gifted artist is best revealed on her new project Worth it All.

Sidewalk Prophets

Their background may have made it look easy—after all, Sidewalk Prophets toured with Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline on the strength of independent albums, then rode the popularity of their first Word Records release, These Simple Truths, to a Dove Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. "The Words I Would Say" hit #3, "You Can Have Me" went Top 20, a Christmas single, "Hope Was Born This Night," hit the Top 10, and "You Love Me Anyway" went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart.

Benji & Jenna Cowart

Benji Cowart is a worship leader and songwriter and has been nominated for ASCAP’s Christian songwriter of the year. Benji’s list of cuts & singles include among others, Worth It All, Burn Away, and The Gospel Changes Everything (for Meredith Andrews), I’m Going Free (Jailbreak) (for Vertical Church Band), At The Cross (for Selah), and 2 consecutive #1s at radio with Redeemed (which was recently certified GOLD) and The Only Name (Yours Will Be) both for Big Daddy Weave.

Jason Walker

Jason Walker is an artist/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. He’s spent the past few years in and out of writer rooms, studios and playing stages all over the world.

Justin Ebach

Justin Ebach is a Dove Nominated songwriter and producer who joined the Word Publishing team in August of 2012. In a very short time, Ebach has accomplished quite a lot.

Steven Dale Jones

Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning songwriter, Steven Dale Jones is best known for his hits “One More Day”, recorded by Diamond Rio, “He Gets That From Me”, recorded by Reba McEntire, “That’s A Man”, recorded by Jack Ingram, “10,000 Angels”, recorded by Mindy McCready, “Little Things”, recorded by Tanya Tucker, “She Wants To Be Wanted”, recorded by Ty Herndon, “I Know How The River Feels”, recorded by Diamond Rio and “Better Day”, recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band.

From its beginning WORD Music Publishing has enjoyed a rich Church music heritage, home to some of the world’s best loved hymns and Gospel songs. From that platform we launched the careers of some ofthe cornerstones of early Contemporary Christian Music. Today’s dynamic and impressive array of newsongwriters and artists establishes WORD Music Publishing as a leader in Nashville’s music publishing scene.We are proud to represent some of Christian Music’s best and brightest. We are also a very diverse musicpublisher with creative assets and activity in the Country Music space (WORDCountry) ,  Rock and Pop musicgenres, as well as having an active profile providing music for Film and TV placements.  WORD celebrates its almost 65 year history, while simultaneously being poised to embrace a furious launch into the future of music publishing.