Jenn Schott will be lending her expertise at Nashville Cool's August 10, 2018 Hit Songwriter Invitational songwriting retreat. We thought we'd pay her a visit and get the story of how she got her first publishing deal, straight from the source. Enjoy!
Fresh out of college, Jenn Schott came to Nashville in 1997. She got a job as a receptionist for a publishing company. By 2001 she was a professional songwriter.
Since then, her songs have been recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer,Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Lynn Spears, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Kelleigh Bannen, and Restless Heart.
Jenn co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy nominated album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” which was the namesake of McGraw’s 2013 summer tour.
Many people are part of the journey that led to her first publishing deal. Here she is in her own words.
Shout Outs to Tom Collins (Dream Works), Perry Howard (BMI), Restless Heart, Tim Hunze (Parallel Music Publishing), and Jenn's little dog Henry. (Sorry Henry! We failed to get a shot of your little bad self in the video.)