EMP Is Behind Many Of The Industry’s Biggest Hit Songs,
“You Say,” Reckless Love,” “Chain Breaker,” And More
10 March 2020 – Franklin, TN – It was recently announced that Essential Music Publishing’s Holly Zabka has been promoted to Sr. Vice President, Essential Music Publishing. Zabka was previously Vice President of Publishing.
Zabka was the first executive hired to run the publishing company in 2008 as Sr. Director of Publishing and at the beginning of 2013 she was promoted to VP. Just 12 years later after the inception of the publishing company, Zabka and her EMP team have more than 15,000 copyrights and 60+ No. 1 songs, including “You Say” recorded by Lauren Daigle, which also went No. 1 on the Mainstream Adult Contemporary Top 40 Chart, Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love,” Zach Williams’ “Chain Breaker,” “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns, and “Known” by Tauren Wells, among many others.
Additionally, through Zabka’s leadership, Provident’s Publishing division has received four GMA Dove Awards for Song of the Year (“You Say,” “Reckless Love,” “By Your Side,” and “Give Me Your Eyes”), was named 2019 BMI Publisher of the Year and is a four-time SESAC Publisher of the Year.
“I am pleased to announce that Holly Zabka has been promoted to Sr. Vice President, Essential Music Publishing,” says Terry Hemmings, President and CEO, Provident Music Group. “In her 10 plus years with us, she has grown our publishing business into a globally impactful entity. Our roster and catalogue represent the very best in our industry. Holly’s role in shepherding the writers and songs necessary to bring us to this position is clear and the contribution to our business is evident in the results. Additionally, since joining our Sr. Leadership Team, she has added valuable insights and ideas, which have contributed to growing the overall business of Provident Entertainment Group. Please join me in congratulating Holly on this significant and well-deserved achievement!”
Working to build the company from the ground up, under Zabka’s direction EMP has been responsible for signing and partnering with songwriters such as Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Jonathan Smith, Ethan Hulse, Mia Fieldes, Ran Jackson, and Bryan Fowler, to name just a few. They have also signed and represented Provident Label Group artist songwriters including Zach Williams, Tauren Wells, Matt Maher, I AM THEY, Elle Limebear, Vertical Worship, Rhett Walker, and more.
EMP also developed the Essential Worship imprint and church marketing platform representing hundreds of worship songs to the church, including “Great Are You Lord,” “Reckless Love, “O Come to the Altar,” “Tremble,” “Glorious Day,” as well as worship/church platforms Elevation Worship, Vertical Worship, one sonic society, Red Rocks Worship and others.
The publishing company is also behind many of today’s biggest country songs, and to date has four No.1’s. Three were written by Casey Brown for Russell Dickerson’s “Every Little Thing,” “Blue Tacoma,” and “Yours.” EMP has also published “Flatliner,” written by Matt Brownleewe and recorded by Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley.