Pictured here are Arista Nashville singer/songwriter Carlton Anderson (seated), and
Morris Higham Management’s Will Hitchcock, Rob Filhart, Clint Higham,
Nick Morris and Dale Morris (standing left to right).
Photo credit Colton Morris
On the heels of releasing his Arista Nashville debut single, “Drop Everything,” singer/songwriter Carlton Anderson has signed with Morris Higham Management for global representation.
“I have worked my whole life to be in a position like this and to have years of hard work be noticed by such a prestigious company means more than I can I say,” responds Anderson. “I’ve been told a long time that my music is ‘too country’ so I’m truly grateful to have a team at Morris Higham that understands who I am as a person and supports my visions as an artist and songwriter.”
Clint Higham remarks, “Carlton is one of the rare young artists who understands why country music matters, and he makes it as compelling and as current as anything on radio. When you find an artist who’s so grounded in the roots, who can sing, write and connect with fans across ages, places and everything that country music now contains, that’s like finding a unicorn.” Higham continues, “When you find an artist like that, and they have a work ethic that matches the team at Morris Higham, that’s when special things happen. Everyone here believes in his music, and there’s no young artist I’ve seen like this.”
Anderson has been traveling the U.S. supporting “Drop Everything” which this week enters country airplay charts at #49 (Mediabase) and #57 (Billboard) and debuts on the Nielsen Country On-Demand Audio Streaming Chart at #80 with over 4 million streams to date.
Response to Anderson’s first single from his forthcoming debut album has been swift and overwhelming. Taste of Country extolled the song and singer as “reminiscent of a lot of things, but not a copycat of any…This Texan’s sturdy voice will hold up alongside any traditional country crooner, but you need to be more than country to be country. Anderson’s simple approach makes this could-be-love song sound effortless.” Billboard described “Drop Everything” as “two-and-half minutes of pure energy. Carlton Anderson’s Arista Nashville debut…matches a masculine, southern voice with an anthemic chorus, a catchy melody, a swag lyric and a tight, retro-fit production. It’s an infectious ride that starts with a simple one-two punch: a snarling electric guitar and a spacious rhythmic riff built around the pop of a grungy snare.”
A native of Cypress Texas, Carlton Anderson balances fluently between traditional sounds and contemporary themes. He grew up on sports and the other Texas pastime: music. His inspiration comes from Willie Nelson, George Strait, and a long line of musical mavericks who transcend borders.
A graduate of Belmont University’s music business program, Anderson learned the industry ropes through hard work, practice, and paying his dues in Texas dancehalls, and playing for tourists and a devoted group of regulars at one of the famous honky tonks in Nashville. He applied that same ground-up work ethic to assembling his professional support team. He joined ASCAP and was signed to a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, where he writes with many of the most sought-after writers in Nashville. He gained a reputation for his steadfast belief in authenticity before trends and in May, he was signed to Arista Nashville at Sony Music Nashville.
Morris Higham Management also represents Kenny Chesney, Ryan Griffin, Brandon Lay, Old Dominion, Michael Ray, and Walker County.