Steve Rice, Vice President, Centricity Publishing announced today two new hires for the division. Stephen Duncan will be joining the staff as Creative Manager andJaime Smyth as Publishing Coordinator. Both will begin their new duties on May 1st and will report directly to Rice. Duncan’s main focus in his new role will be active song placement and writer career development for the Centricity Publishing song catalog and writer roster. Smyth will handle a range of responsibilities for the publishing company including social media marketing, worship song promotion, catalog development, and administrative duties like schedules for songwriters and processing new songs. Duncan may be reached at [email protected] and Smyth at[email protected].
“I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to work with both Stephen and Jaime while they were students at Belmont University,” says Rice. “I was impressed immediately with each, and am happy they will be bringing their creativity and business skills to our publishing operation. I am particularly excited to have Stephen in this new role, because he proved himself to be one of the most productive songpluggers in our industry for 2012.”
“The expansion with these two new hires happened because we have been able to grow Centricity Publishing more rapidly than I expected,” continues Rice. “This is due to the talented work of the songwriters and artists on our roster. We had great success in 2012 and I look forward to even more in the coming months with Jaime and Stephen now on our team.”
Duncan was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University. His college accolades include being the first songwriting major to graduate from Belmont and the first recipient of the ASCAP music scholarship. His first Christian music industry position was as Creative Director for Daywind Publishing, where he signed hit songwriter, Sam Tinnesz, and garnered cuts from Natalie Grant, Newsboys, Mandisa, Hawk Nelson, Nate Sallie, Hyland and others. Duncan has also toured with such artists as legendary Country Music Hall of Fame artist, Don Williams, and Christian singer/songwriters, Matthew West and Jonny Diaz. A newlywed, Duncan and his wife, Mary Elise, recently moved to Franklin, TN.
Smyth is an Alabama native who also is a Belmont University graduate with a Commercial Voice/Songwriting degree. During her time at Belmont, she interned in publishing at Integrity Music with Rice, where he also mentored her in songwriting. After graduation, she moved to northern England for eight months through Youth for Christ where she led worship at area churches, and did tutoring and taught religious studies in local schools. She returned to Nashville in the fall of 2012 and shortly afterwards began working part-time at Centricity Publishing, which led to her full-time position. In her spare time, Smyth enjoys singing/playing guitar, writing, leading worship at her local church, cooking, decorating, antique shopping, and watching Alabama football. She resides in Franklin, TN.