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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

Hannah Ellis

Hannah is a Songwriter at Word Entertainment (Word Country) This small town Kentucky girl learned to sing harmony with her sister at the age of four. Since then, music has been her love. Winning Kentucky's State FFA talent contest as a high school junior propelled her to the National Stage at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in front of over 22,000 students. Hannah claims, "At that moment, connecting with the fans and being on that stage, I knew this [entertaining] is what I wanted to do." One of Nashville's great young songwriters, Hannah has carefully honed her craft and has grown as a writer, artist, and a dynamic entertainer.


The pop/folk trio Castro is a breath of fresh air. Self-aware but never self-conscious, fun but never trivial, Jason, Michael, and Jackie Castro’s free-range pop soars thanks to a funny little twist for a trio of siblings: It is not how the brothers and sister are alike that creates their undeniable chemistry, but how they are different...

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.

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.

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.

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.