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April 1, 2021

Time: 4:30pm CT / 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT

Legendary Women of Music Row

As we close out Women's History Month, join us for this webinar hosted by the Nashville Chapter to celebrate some of the legendary women of Music Row! Little Louder Music's Dale Dodson, considered by many to be a country music historian and true character of Music Row, will sit down with Celia Froehlig, Ree Guyer, Judy Harris, and Robin Palmer to talk about the days of old and how these lovely ladies have made a name for themselves in Nashville's music industry.




The webinar is free for all AIMP members and only $5 for nonmembers. (Nonmember will be sent a Square invoice for payment after registration. Once paid, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.)


Celia Froehlig
VP of Publishing, Black River Entertainment (Ret.)

Ree Guyer
President & Owner, Wrensong Entertainment

Judy Harris
Founder & Owner, Judy Harris Music

Robin Palmer
Chief Creative Officer, SMACKSongs


Dale Dodson

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
via Zoom



Additional Speaker Information

CELIA FROEHLIG - Froehlig’s career began at Chappell Music, where she was asked to remain as Creative Director when Chappell Music merged with Warner Brothers to form Warner/Chappell. Froehlig later accepted the position as Vice-President, Southern Region of EMI Music Publishing, where she remained for nine years. Upon leaving EMI, Celia opened the joint venture company Froehlig Palmer Music with friend and former co-worker Robin Palmer. They had many notable cuts, especially “Where The Green Grass Grows” (Tim McGraw) and “We Were In Love” (Toby Keith). In 2008, Froehlig joined Black River Entertainment as VP of Publishing.

REE GUYER - Wrensong Entertainment is an independent Music Publishing and Artist Development company with offices on Music Row in Nashville. Founded in 1983 by father/daughter team, Reyn and Ree Guyer. the company began with only 20 songs and is now home to over 3,000. Today, Wrensong is one of the top independent publishing companies on Music Row. Guided by the leadership of president & owner, Ree Guyer, Wrensong has seven staff artist/writers. She has focused on developing a catalog of unique and special songs like Where’ve You Been and Whiskey Lullaby, both CMA, ACM and Grammy winning Songs of the Year. Wrensong received their third Song of the Year, One Man Band (Old Dominion) at the 2020 ACM Awards and was named Song of The Year ASCAP 2020 Awards and ASCAP Pop award.{ Additionally, How Can I Help You Say Goodbye (Patty Loveless) was nominated for a Best Country Song Grammy. Under Guyer’s direction, Wrensong has enjoyed several #1 hits, including: Am I the Only One (Dierks Bentley), Ask Me How I Know (Garth Brooks), Better Dig Two (The Band Perry), Break Up With Him (Old Dominion), Drink On It (Blake Shelton), Gonna Take a Lot of River & Little Things(Oak Ridge Boys), Heart Like Mine (Miranda Lambert), Hotel Key (Old Dominion), I Met a Girl (William Michael Morgan),Make it Sweet (Old Dominion), No Such Thing as a Broken Heart (Old Dominion), One Man Band (Old Dominion), One That Got Away (Michael Ray), Sangria (Blake Shelton), Say You Do (Dierks Bentley), Snapback (Old Dominion), Take it From Me (Jordan Davis), The Truth (Jason Aldean), Wild One (Faith Hill), Written in the Sand (Old Dominion). Top Ten Chart toppers, Anything Goes (Randy Houser), All Day Long (Garth Brooks), Boys from the South (Pistol Annies), Dive Bar (Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton), I Hate Love Songs (Kelsea Ballerini), Hell on Heels (Pistol Annies), Stranded (Heart) and has had several album cuts by major acts such as Carrie Underwood, Carly Pearce, David Bisbal, Dwight Yoakam, The Chicks, Dolly Parton, Gene Watson, The Judds, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Reba, Ronnie Milsap, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery, The Temptations, Tim McGraw, and Toby Keith, that have sold in excess of 150 million albums.

JUDY HARRIS - A native Nashvillian, Judy Harris started her career on Music Row at ASCAP where she was executive secretary to writer/publisher rep Charlie Monk. Monk and Harris left ASCAP in 1977 to re-open April/Blackwood Music (then a division of CBS and later named CBS Songs). Earl Thomas Conley, Keith Stegall, Dottie West, Jim McBride and Guy Clark were just a few of the many talented writers signed to that company. Harris left CBS Songs in 1986 to start her first independent publishing company. She had several #1 records, one of which was George Strait’s “WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD” that was ASCAP ‘s Song of the Year in 1991. She also secured a record deal for her writer Mark Collie who enjoyed chart success. Taking Mark with her, Harris entered into a co-venture with BMG Songs. She had chart hits with Shenandoah, Linda Davis and Pam Tillis just to name a few. After three years she departed to again own an independent publishing company, Judy Harris Music. Two of her biggest hits were GRAMMY nominated “DID I SHAVE MY LEGS FOR THIS”, by Deana Carter and “COME SOME RAINY DAY” by Wynonna. She also published a song on the multi-platinum “BLUE” album by LeAnn Rimes. After a personal tragedy, Harris took a brief break and in 2003 re-opened her company. She has album cuts by Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry to name a few. She had a #1 record with Joe Nichols’ “TEQUILA MAKES HER CLOTHES FALL OFF,” a BMI Millionaire Award winner, and “BACK WHEN I KNEW IT ALL” by Montgomery Gentry. Harris is the co-founder of the Chicks With Hits – a renown female pitch group catering to artists and producers. She is also co-founder of SOURCE – the only women executive organization in Nashville.

ROBIN PALMER - Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Robin Palmer arrived in Nashville in 1979 to attend MTSU, majoring in Recording Industry Management. She interned and worked for Jim Ed Norman’s publishing company, Jensong before it sold to Tree Publishing. Soon after, she went to work for Eddie Rabbit’s Deb Dave/Briarpatch Music, making tape copies and pitching songs, working with such writers as Even Stevens, Thom Schuyler and Paul Overstreet. In 1984, James Stroud formed The Writers Group with songwriters Schuyler, Overstreet, and Fred Knobloch and Robin joined as their song plugger. The company was successful with songs such as “Forever and Ever, Amen," “You Can’t Stop Love,” “When You Say Nothing At All” and “On The Other Hand,” among others. Screen Gems-EMI (now EMI Music Publishing part of Sony Music) purchased The Writers Group catalogue and Robin began a 10-year stint as Creative Director, and Senior Creative Director under the leadership of Celia Froehlig. In 1996, Celia and Robin started their own Froehlig Palmer Music, and had many notable cuts, especially “Where The Green Grass Grows” (Tim McGraw) and “We Were In Love” (Toby Keith.) In 2008, she re-connected with past acquaintance Shane McAnally, and they started working together, eventually getting their first #1 with “Somewhere With You” recorded by Kenny Chesney. Many more hits have followed, and the collaboration has grown to become Smack Songs, which currently has a roster of seventeen writers. In addition, she operates True Blue Works which includes the current catalogue of writer Matthew McGinn. Robin currently serves as Chief Creative Officer of Smack and continues her favorite role of developing and nurturing writers.

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