Thomas Rhett has announced the creation of a new publishing company, Home Team Publishing, in collaboration with his longtime manager, Virginia Davis; his father, Rhett Akins; and rapper Jay Z's Roc Nation.

Roc Nation, which was founded in 2008, first expanded to Nashville in the summer of 2016, when the company opened a new office in Music City. At the time, Roc Nation and Warner / Chappell (Warner Music Group’s publishing arm) joined with Jesse Frasure to launch Rhythm House, a publishing and production company. The creation of Home Team Publishing further expands Roc Nation's reach in country music.

“Songwriting has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Rhett says. “I was a songwriter before I was an artist, and I was lucky enough to find a team that believed in me really early on. Songwriting [is] the foundation for my artist career, so I’m excited and honored to be able to invest in the future of the songwriting community.”

Rhett and Akins are the only father-son team to pen a track that's topped the Billboard country charts. Together, the duo wrote Rhett's most recent No. 1 hit, "Star of the Show."

“I’m beyond excited to be a part of Home Team Publishing,” Akins says. “Why wouldn’t I be? I get to work with Virginia Davis and Thomas Rhett -- two of the most hard-working, talented and creative people in the industry.”

Rhett's personal publishing with remain with his current publisher, EMI / Sony. Home Team Publishing's first signing is Eric Olson, a Seattle, Wash., native who has worked with acts such as Dave Barnes, Danielle Bradbery, Chris Lane and more; he co-wrote and co-produced Kelly Clarkson's 2012 single "Catch My Breath."

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