The American music company Reservoir has purchased a number of songs from country songwriter Stephony Smith for an undisclosed fee.
The deal includes the number 1 and multi-platinum single It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Smith began her career writing advertising jingles in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1989 Smith moved to Nashville and signed her first publishing deal with PolyGram, now Universal.
Since then she has written songs for artists such as Shania Twain, Barbara Streisand, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Wynonna Judd.
She also worked with The Chicks to write Sin Wagon, which sold 11 million albums and is among the songs Reservoir acquired.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s It’s Your Love stayed at number 1 on the country charts for six weeks after its release.
Smith has written four other # 1 singles including How Was I To Know by Reba McEntire, Perfect Love by Trisha Yearwood, Yes by Chad Brock, and Back When by Tim McGraw.
It was also awarded the BMI Country Song and Songwriter of the Year titles for It’s Your Love and received a BMI Pop Award in 1998.
Smith also co-wrote Heidi Newfield’s Johnny and June, formerly Trick Pony, which was nominated for Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
By partnering with Reservoir, Smith joins a number of new catalog purchases and publishing deals for the company that include Joni Mitchell, Rufio Hooks and rock producer Tom Werman.
“Stephony’s songs are true country hits.”
John Ozier, reservoir
John Ozier, Executive Vice President of Creative at Reservoir, said, “Stephony’s songs are true country hits and it is a privilege to be the publisher of this impressive collection of works.”
“I am so proud to have these songs in the capable hands of Reservoir.”
Smith said, “I’m so proud to have these songs in the capable hands of Reservoir, and I’m sure John Ozier, Greg Gallo and the whole team there will do great things with ‘my babies’.”Music business worldwide