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New venture is with longtime manager
Eric Church and longtime manager John Peets have partnered to form a new endeavor and all-inclusive enterprise, Solid Entertainment.
Solid Entertainment centralizes all things Church while doubling down on infrastructure behind investments in his ever-evolving professional footprint, including the award-winning artist’s new SiriusXM Channel Outsiders Radio and his Lower Broadway venue, bar and restaurant, Chief’s, along with his own in-house merchandise operation and loyal fan club, known as the Church Choir.
“I’m incredibly proud of the path we’ve taken to get to this point in all our careers and to have experienced so much of it together,” Church shares. “As our business continues to expand in different areas, it was important to me to establish a team of people that is focused on this growth. None of us got into music for the business of it, yet it’s part of how we are our most creative selves: through finding those other avenues for connection. It’s humbling to be in a position where such incredibly talented people want to focus on the future together.”
Peets adds, “I am very proud to take our professional relationship to the next level. We have been working creatively together since 2004, and Solid Entertainment represents a fresh look and a continued commitment to all that we have built. I look forward to adding to this foundation with an eye towards all that is to come with the ongoing expansion of Eric’s empire.”
Outsiders Radio is the latest in a longstanding relationship between SiriusXM and Church, who originally launched his exclusive monthly show of the same name on SiriusXM’s The Highway in February 2015. Curated by Church himself, the channel will be a journey through his musical experiences featuring collaborations and recordings with friends along with behind the scenes stories. Listeners will also hear songs that inspire Church as a fan of music, from rock to country and beyond by artists including George Strait, Bob Seger, Ashley McBryde, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Chesney, Bruce Springsteen, Brandi Carlile and more.
Chief’s is a six-story entertainment venue that sits at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville. The critically acclaimed entertainer’s passion for live music will be on full display with an intimate seated music venue within the space. His roots in the Carolinas will also be reflected on the rooftop of the former Cotton Eyed Joe building, with renowned Charleston pitmaster and James Beard Award winner Rodney Scott bringing his Whole Hog BBQ to Music City. It’s set to open sometime in 2023.