Chief Executive Officer
Jack Key is a forty-three year veteran of the music industry, beginning his career with Key Talent, Southern Arts/Newkeys Music, Inc. and Rice Records in the early 1970's. As co-owner and president of a talent agency, a record company, and a publishing company, Jack has been involved in virtually every facet of the music business. He brings expertise in artist management and booking, songwriter/publisher royalties and contracts, copyright procurement, mechanical and performance licensing, foreign sub-publishing and domestic and foreign sync licensing master lease and acquisition.
Creative Director/Head of Operations
Jeffrey Brothers brings over 30 years of Music Row experience to Music Mill Entertainment. Beginning his musical career playing in 1980, Jeffrey landed various internship positions at several Music Row companies including a coveted spot at RCA Records. It was at RCA where he promoted projects by The Judds, Restless Heart, Clint Black, Earl Thomas Conley and Joel Sonnier.
After departing RCA Records, Jeffrey served as sales manager at the premier independent country music label Step One Records until 1998. While at Step One Records, Jeffrey worked with a notable list of artists including Floyd Cramer, Ray Price, Faron Young, Gene Watson, Buddy Emmons, Clinton Gregory, The Geezinslaws and Western Flyer. While at Step One Records, he led the sales department in a ground-breaking marketing venture, placing artist visits in Wal-Mart stores not served by major markets. This Wal-Mart promotion proved so successful that Wal-Mart itself developed its own plan in conjunction with the major labels and developing artists. Remnants of this plan still survive in today's environment.
In 1998, Jeffrey teamed up with Jack Key and Harold Shedd, whose production credits include Alabama, Billy Ray Cyrus, Toby Keith, and others. This venture laid the bedrock for what became Music Mill Entertainment.
Music Mill Entertainment had great success beginning in 2004 when it developed a line of exclusive products for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores Restaurants. Over 2,000,000 CD's of classic artists were sold in the 600-store chain. It's a relationship that survives to this day.
Head of Publishing/A&R
After four years active duty in the U.S. Navy, Ray was the drummer for Miss USO entertaining the troops and playing fundraisers for troop support groups. He then joined the John Wilde Group moving to England and touring Europe as the only American in a British rock group. The business side of music was always intriguing to Ray, so he moved to Nashville in 2003 to study copyright law at Belmont University.
In late 2003 it was on Music Row that Ray started working for and building a business relationship with music row veterans Jack Key and Jeff Brothers at Music Mill Entertainment. This is where Ray gained extensive knowledge in publishing administration, copyright law, and writer/publisher relations including song placement and song plugging. Ray is currently responsible for all copyright administration, writer/publisher relations and song placement, most notably:
Bonfire, I'm That Country (Craig Morgan)
Ain't Even Drinkin', I Don't Even Want This Beer (Tyler Farr)
Baby's Got Her Boots On (Brushville)
Damn This Storm (Larry Fleet)
Fish, When She Grows Up (Craig Campbell)
Don’t Ask Me About A Woman (Easton Corbin)
Down In Mexico, I’ll Have To Kill The Pain, Get On Up, Guessing Games, Real Women Drink Beer (Jerrod Niemann)
Show Me Where It Hurts, Huckleberry (Bush Hawg)
Let’s Just Let Go (James Otto)
On The Other Side (Dailey & Vincent)
Six Days On The Road (Dave Dudley, Sawyer Brown, Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch, George Thorogood, Steve Earle, and others)
On The Wings Of A Dove (Ferlin Husky, Dolly Parton, The Jordanaires, Ricky Skaggs, and others)
There Goes My Everything (Jack Greene, Elvis Presley, Anne Murray, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Tammy Wynette, and others)
Ol’ Red (Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Johnny Cash)
It’s A Cowboy Loving Night (Tanya Tucker)
First Taste Of Texas, Loves Found You And Me (Ed Bruce)
America’s Farm (Levon Helm)
Red And Rio Grande (Doug Supernaw)
Director of Promotions
Randy Barber began working in radio promotions by necessity while working with an artist named Eric Lee Beddingfield. Without the money to hire a full promotion team to service Beddingfield’s recordings, he took this role on himself. The results were unprecedented. Earning 4 consecutive top 20 singles on the MusicRowChart, and making him the most played independent artist in the history of that chart. This success led to Beddingfield being named The Independent Artist Of The Year for 2012. He was also instrumental in gaining airplay for the video, “The Gospel According To Jones” on CMT, GAC and ZUUS (formerly The Country Network)
In 2013, Randy was contracted by Sidewalk Records (Imprint of Curb Records) to oversee their Secondary Market promotions - a position he now fills at Music Mill Entertainment.
Copyright Sourcing Manager
Shane Thompson is a seasoned songwriter and performer giving him the specialized creative skill, intuition and initiative to match songs with artists. He began performing at age 14 with the Hee Haw Road Show followed by stints with Renfro Valley and the US Dept. of Defense touring circuit with his band Inside Out. Ten years of touring fueled his fire and led him to bring his talent to Nashville, where he joined the Music Mill Entertainment team, first as a songwriter and continuing as a copyright specialist. He also continues to perform with his new band Shane Thompson & Incognito.
Cyber Promotion/ Website Design
Ethan began working with Music Mill Entertainment in May of 2014 after graduating from Middle Tennessee State Univeristy. While there he majored in Music Business with a minor in Marketing. Ethan has since worked on developing an online presence for Music Mill artist Larry Fleet and other artists via social media and website design.