If there is such a thing as a born song plugger/publisher, Todd Wilkes is about as close as you can get. His 30 years of experience began at age16, when the Nashville native went to work for Grammy Award winning Jim Malloy and Eddie Rabbitt, at the Publishing Company (Deb-Dave/Briarpatch Music). Becoming Creative Manager, he worked with legendary songwriters/artists Eddie Rabbit (who had 26 #1 singles and wrote “Kentucky Rain” for Elvis), Even Stevens, David Malloy, and Paul Overstreet. Wilkes followed the catalog when it was sold to MTM Music Group (Mary Tyler Moore’s Company), and later to BMG Music Publishing. As Creative Vice President at BMG, he represented on a day-to-day basis with hit writers such as John Hiatt, Radney Foster, Marcus Hummon, and Angelo, and was instrumental in the writing careers of Foster & Lloyd, Steven Dale Jones and Hugh Prestwood. Wilkes was responsible for Trisha Yearwood’s recording of Prestwood’s The Song Remembers When which won Song of The Year, and went on to become one of her biggest hits, winning an Emmy Award for the Disney Special The Song Remembers When, as well as the ACM Song of The Year I Love The Way You Love Me (John Michael Montgomery) and the classic Ghost In This House. During his tenure at BMG Nashville he led the company to become BMI’s Publisher of the Year.
Wilkes also began to produce at this time. Co-producing with Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks/Martina McBride) the record Hopechest on Epic Records with artist Stephanie Bentley (Breathe), whom Wilkes discovered and signed. After BMG, he became Vice President of Fame Music for five years, representing Walt Aldridge, Brad Crisler and developed singer/songwriter James LeBlanc. Wilkes garnered an impressive amount of cuts, including the hits Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde (Travis Tritt) and Saints & Angels (Sara Evans) as well cuts with Kenny Chesney, Cyndi Thompson, George Strait and many others. He is also responsible for the Gretchen Wilson/Merle Haggard Hit Politically Uncorrect and Montgomery/Gentry’s Hit What Do You Think About That, also not to mention, songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Jason Michael Carroll, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Reba, Allison Krauss, and many others. In addition to his success at placing songs, Wilkes has secured major record deals for artists Josh Thompson (Sony Nashville), Gary Nichols (Steele Drivers) and recording artist Crystal Shawanda.
As part of his new alliance, Wilkes has opened KingSpirit Music. Always open for new opportunities, in 2012 Todd Wilkes created KingSpirit Music, and signed artist / songwriter Kalisa Ewing to a worldwide publishing deal that is partnered with Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville.
Songs that Wilkes has had recorded have represented over 150 million Album sales to date.