Local musician finds success
By: Atlanta Northcutt -- Reporter for the Southern Standard
McMinnville native Drew Green found success by landing a worldwide publishing deal with Villa 40/Sony Music Nashville.
Green co-wrote the song “Colorado,” which the country duo Florida Georgia Line will have on their newest album shortly before he was signed as a singer/ songwriter. The hit helped Drew sign his first publishing deal, a contract with Warner/Chappell Nashville and Brett James’ company, Cornman Music.
“It’s been exciting and humbling to take the next step. I’ve found a great home on Music Row and want to continue growing as a songwriter and artist,” he continues.
As a child, Drew picked up his passion for music behind the wheel of a tractor on his family’s tree farm. He says, “I would sit there with my earbuds in and sing everything from Alan Jackson to Dr. Dre. I’ve always had an eclectic taste in music, never limiting myself to a specific genre. A good song is not just a sound. It’s a feeling.”
He played guitar in a local grunge rock band through high school. In college, he started playing country music acoustically in bars.
He gained a Friday night fan base there, and started writing his own songs.
Drew was a Kappa Sigma at Tennessee Tech. He graduated with a finance degree and started working at a bank during the day, and singing at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville at night as he continued to work toward his goal of being a musician and songwriter.
“I’d been co-writing some for about six months when I was offered the promotion,” he said. “It was going really well and I could tell I was on to something. I felt like I was making the right decision and I never regretted it.”
His hard work and dedication paid off with him being able to perform at the infamous Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville with writers Brett James, Kip Moore and Josh Mirando, as well as having “Colorado” mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Drew now lives in Mt. Juliet with his wife, Bethany, and 15-month-old son, Levi. His parents are Faron and Patsy Green, who live in McMinnville and own Faron Green Nursery.
Green released his debut track “Little More Be Alright” on June 12.
“It feels good releasing this track because it’s my favorite song I’ve written so far,” Green said from his Mt. Juliet home.
Green was scheduled to perform at the 2020 Warren County A&L Fair before it was cancelled due to the pandemic