Debbie Zavitson has over 30 years on Music Row and has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Nashville songwriting community and music publishing.
In 1984 Zavitson found herself working as a production assistant for the then-independent producer Doug Johnson, and found what became a number one song for Doug Stone called “Come In Out of the Pain.” Johnson, naturally, insisted that she start listening for hit songs full time, which she did very successfully, finding such songs as ACM Song of the Year “I Love the Way You Love Me”, performed by John Michael Montgomery.
Zavitson found and signed The Kinleys to the label, whose first single “Please” made history as being the highest charted debut single by a female group or duo in R&R history. The song also garnered a Grammy nomination and led to their ACM Best Duo or Group award. At Giant Records she signed Blake Shelton (among others) and paved the way for Shelton’s 5-week #1 debut single, “Austin.”
Zavitson subsequently became Blake Shelton’s manager and helped guide his career for the next 18 months, before going back to her true love of songs and songwriters, starting Zavitson Music Group in 2005 with her producer, songwriter then-husband Russ. Together, they garnered cuts on artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Josh Thompson, Chris Young and others.
In 2012 Zavitson stepped out on her own to represent songwriters and publishers with Debbie Z Entertainment, and now heads up Publishing Operations at M-Pact Music Group. She has the ability to cherry-pick from the most successful publishing companies and songwriters to represent the best songs in the business.
It's these song screening sessions that help our members connect with industry leaders looking for songs. In 2009 WCS Member Jennifer Adan penned She Wouldn't be Gone that became Blake Shelton's #1 hit.
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