Rezonant Music Publishing was founded upon the premise of partnership with creators and business owners, who want an experienced creative and financial team to help achieve their goals. We are not a holding company for copyrights. We are dedicated to actively enhancing the value of copyrights by whatever means necessary.
Our team is in a unique position, in that we have all been deeply involved in building other major publishing operations for many years. We now bring that expertise in our respective disciplines, to a company where we determine the culture, and the path forward.
Tim Wipperman, CEO
Tim started his career as a musician at the age of 7 as a classically trained trumpet player. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Political Science earning his way through school playing in R&B and Dixieland bands modeled after the likes of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Louis Armstrong.
After graduating, he made his way to Nashville at the invitation of his cousin Rory Bourke (Hall of Fame songwriter), and was hired by Chet Atkins to run Vector Music Publishing. Tim comments, “We were so young, we didn’t know what we couldn’t do. So we did it. We got to hang out with Chet, Les Paul, Jerry Reed, and Lenny Breau at Chet’s office, and looking back at it now, we were mentored by the best of the best.” He then worked for Cedarwood Publishing as a songplugger, and at Combine Music pitching songs for writers such as Kris Kristofferson, until Warner Bros. Music asked him to run their Nashville office shortly after it opened. Read More
Some highlights from his tenure include:
• Tim was the youngest publisher to receive the prestigious ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year; won BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC Publisher of the Year more than 10 times
• Signed Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean with Michael Knox, Trace Atkins, Restless Heart, David Alan Coe, and multiple Hall of Fame songwriters and producers . . .
• During his tenure at Warners, his operation won over 500 ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC awards, Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, and Songs of the Year
• Produced 400 sides for Nikkodo Japan to keep up his studio chops.
• Judged the Russian Federations equivalent of American Idol. Asia Dulsa, in Almaty,
• Helped bring American Country Music to Brazil.
• Traveled to Russia, Guatemala, Cuba, and Israel multiple times playing with the Metro Big Band and orchestrasHe left Warner Chappell to go to the record label side, joined and stayed with Equity Records as CCO for 5 years(Little Big Town, Billboards Independent Album of the Year; Clint Black), then in 2012, formed his own music company.
Tim comments, ”Publishing is my love. Songwriters capture the essence of humanity in four minutes, and we help bring that to the world. Rezonant Music is an incredible opportunity to build a true music publishing company, with like-minded professionals, for the benefit of our songwriter and publisher partners. We will create partnerships, not a holding tank for intellectual property”.
Tim has served on the boards of:
Copyright Society of the South-Chairman/founding member
Grammy Board of Governors
Country Music Assn- Chair/Finance Committee
Country Music Foundation (Hall of Fame)- Chair/ Finance Committee
Nashville Symphony-Chair/Marketing Committee
Academy of Country Music
Civic boards- Tennessee State University Foundation, Special Olympics, Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Council among others. Read Less
Garry Velletri, EVP Creative
Garry Velletri is a music industry veteran with over 35 years experience in music publishing, record label management and digital distribution.
Garry’s career started in 1977 as a Times Square record pusher and punk rock musician and continues as Executive V.P. Creative for Rezonant Music Publishing as a founding partner.
Garry took a job with I.R.S. Records chief Miles Copeland in 1979 when Copeland formed indie label Faulty Products. In addition to releasing records by the likes of The Bangles, Garry went on to build a national distribution network for U.S. micro and DIY labels as Faulty Distribution.
In 1983 Garry formed an alternative marketing dept. for EMI America Records where he worked on releases by Jason & the Scorchers, Kate Bush, Any Trouble and Dwight Twilley. He eventually went on his own where he worked marketing for the film soundtrack to Spinal Tap, Billy Bragg, Sisters of Mercy and others.Read More
After moving to Nashville in 1985 he launched the first satellite office for LA-based Bug Music, and was responsible for signing Johnny Cash, Graham Parker, Townes Van Zandt, Bela Fleck, Rosanne Cash, Robert Earl Keen, Lambchop, Janis Ian, The Dixie Chicks and countless others. It was there where he honed his skills as a song –plugger for often-difficult catalogs. Garry also produced two Robert Earl Keen albums (including the seminal A Bigger Piece of Sky), the soundtrack for Hollywood Vice Squad II and John Stewart’s Punch the Big Guy.
In 1997, Garry suggested a move back to New York to open Bug Music’s first New York office where he assembled a diverse roster of catalogs including Mongo Santamaria, Warren Haynes/Govt. Mule, JJ Cale, West End Records, The Outlaws, Richie Havens, Ute Lemper, OM Records, Armand Van Helden and Josh Wink.
In 2005, as Senior Vice President, Garry formed an additional division of Bug Music called Bug Digital, which provided online distribution of digital media and royalty administration. Among the hundreds of labels and artists represented was Latin giant Discos Fuentes, NRBQ, Dan Hill, Hal Hartley, Arlo Guthrie and Del Shannon. Bug Digital was sold to The Orchard in 2015.
Garry was with Bug for 26 years.
Garry is excited to work with Tim and Alan in building Rezonant Music into a forward-thinking music publishing concern partnering with a diverse group of world-class songwriters and composers, and leading a great Creative team to success. Read Less
Rebekah Gordon, VP Creative
Rebekah Gordon has been an active force in the Nashville music community for almost a dozen years, having most recently worked as Director of A&R at Warner Music Nashville. There she placed hit songs with superstars Blake Shelton and Kenny Rogers and also developed the creative direction of newer artists, including Michael Ray. Outside of the Nashville community, she oversaw the A&R direction of Jimmy Fallon’s GRAMMY award-winning comedy album Blow Your Pants Off, as well as the soundtrack for the major motion picture, Footloose.
In her new role at Rezonant, Gordon will create and explore opportunities for the writers and their works, as well as the catalog of Rezonant Music songs. She will also focus on new writer and artist development.