With her mother working as a disc jockey at a local radio station, Courtney Crist has always been surrounded by music so it was little surprise to anyone that when the time came, she chose to enter the Recording Industry program at Middle Tennessee State University. Even before she’d graduated, Courtney landed a job with Lee Ann Womack and eventually took on road management and A&R for the Grammy-winning writer/artist. She then began work plugging and managing the song catalog of NSAI Hall Of Fame songwriter Bob DiPiero, helping him continue his track record of hits. Next, Courtney joined the A&R staff at Frank Rogers Productions/Sea Gayle Music, where she worked with successful artists such as Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Scotty McCreery. She brought her relentless drive and positivity to HoriPro several years ago and has already racked up major cuts for both developing and established songwriters. Courtney is one of the founders of The Crew CMA Party, created in 2009. Currently, she is on the AIMP Nashville Awards committee, Co-Chair of The Hometown Pub Takeover at the ACM Awards, W.O. Smith Advisory Board, and Co-Chair of The Music Row Ambassadors For St. Jude, which hosts events and raises money for the amazing hospital. She is the 2017 recipient of the AIMP Song Champion of the Year, voted on by her peers.