Music deal

A Fergus- area musician has been signed to a deal by a music studio here.

Studio Gold Music, Inc. announced the signing of singer/songwriter Ryan Laird to a publishing and artist development contract on Aug. 14.

Laird, who grew up on a dairy farm near Belwood and attended Centre Wellington District High School and John Black Public School, has enjoyed acclaim across Canada with his songs.

He was nominated for both a Canadian Radio Music Award and a Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) in 2012 for his BDS Top-Ten hit, I’m Your Man. That same year, he was also nominated for the CCMA Rising Star Award.

Laird, now a Nashville resident, is currently co-writing with other hit writers and working on music towards his SGM label release.

He is also actively involved as a founding partner/artist in the “Bigger Than That” foundation; a musical concert initiative which promotes anti-bullying and individual empowerment in school age children (www.BiggerThanThat.Org).

Prior to moving to Nashville, Laird travelled extensively throughout Canada promoting an anti-bullying message through his music, including Ashley, a song he wrote about the bullying he experienced during his school days at CWDHS.

“All of us at Studio Gold Music are delighted to have Ryan join the SGM team. Ryan Laird is not only a super-talented and philanthropic performing artist, but a fantastic songwriter as well. His music is upbeat, enthusiastic and positively contagious,” said Mike Mouret, president of Studio Gold Music.

“Ryan is a very dedicated and productive writer, and possesses a great flow of musical inspiration.”

Laird joins a roster that includes Mary Francis, Derrick Hampton and Paul Cunningham.

Studio Gold Music, Inc., is an independent publishing company headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee (a Nashville suburb), that offers traditional music publishing, single-song publishing and artist development.