In his 20-plus years in publishing, Chris has worked with some of the giants in the industry. He learned the ropes at Almo-Irving working with songwriting legends like Kent Robbins and Mike Reid. While there it took him three tries but he finally convinced his boss to let him sign a new writer named Craig Wiseman who went on to become ASCAP Songwriter of the Year three times with songs like “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Just Another Day In Paradise.”
From there he teamed up with Bob Doyle (Garth Brook’s manager) and Kye Fleming (3-time BMI Writer of the Year) to launch Dreamcatcher Music with a handful of songs and 2 writers in their first staff-writing deals. During his 18 month tenure there, Chris scored 18 cuts and 3 singles including Pam Tillis’s “Mi Vida Loca.”
Next he began a 10 year run at BMG where he worked with notable songwriters like Marcus Hummon, Hugh Prestwood, John Hiatt, Keith Follese, Rick Giles and Steven Dale Jones, to name a few, and signed emerging superstar talent like David Lee and Luke Laird. Chris was responsible for and a part of such hit songs as; “Prayin’ For Daylight”, Rascal Flatts; “Check Yes or No”, George Strait; “Young”, Kenny Chesney; “Born To Fly”, Sara Evans; “Amazed”, Lone Star; “19 Something”, Mark Wills; “The Good Stuff”, Kenny Chesney; “Live Like You Were Dying”, Tim McGraw, and “God’s Will,” Martina McBride.
He set out on his own in April 2004 to work with the people he loves most – the songwriters. Oglesby Writer Management began as a joint venture with music industry powerhouse 19 Entertainment that produces American Idol. As an advocated for the writers he represents he has been able to land deals for newcomers, give added support to established writers and secure cowrites with idol winners like Carrie Underwood.
In 2010 his company became independent although he continues to have strong ties to 19 and Carrie Underwood. Most recently his company celebrated #1 hits with Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” and Jake Owen’s “Alone With You.” Even with a stellar roster of current clients including Rodney Crowell, Bobby Hamrick, Dan Couch, Steve McEwan and Jerry Flowers, Chris is continually looking for new songwriters.
You can read Chris’s blog to learn more about him and his views on songwriting.