By Sahil Patel
The division will be led by John Zappin, who will oversee creative strategies, content development, and new business opportunities for Zealot in the city. Zappin was at Maker Studios when his brother was running the company, overseeing the music initiative for the MCN and responsible for “the core building blocks” that helped build Maker’s music vertical from 2011–2014, according to Zealot.
In the coming weeks, Zealot will secure an office space in Nashville and hire more staff to help build its presence in Music City.
As part of the expansion, Zealot has also acquired three local companies, music/management labels Gotee Records and KINGmgmt, and digital marketing firm Southern Made.
Gotee Records, led by founders Joey Elwood and Grammy-winning artist and producer Toby Mac, represents artists such as Relient K, Jamie Grace, and Capital Kings. Its catalog includes more than 2,500 copyrights, five RIAA-certified “gold” albums, and three “gold” singles.
KINGmgmt, a boutique firm led by Jay King, has clients that include pop-folk duo JohnnySwim and southern-rock country artist Rhett Canipe.
Southern Made, meanwhile, focuses on helping clients — from media companies to brands — engage with fans through the development of “digital experiences,” such as contests, custom apps, and events.
All three companies were 100% acquisitions and will continue to operate independently under the Zealot umbrella, Zealot said.