LBK Entertainment is a music publishing and artist development company in Nashville, TN.
Carl Kornmeyer is a founding member of the LBK Entertainment Team and is the principal owner. He is the former President of Music, Media and Entertainment for Gaylord Entertainment Company, which included ownership in and his leadership roles of, such properties as The Nashville Network, Country Music Television, the Grand Ole Opry, Acuff Rose Music Publishing, Word Records, and more. His accomplishments include development, growth, expansion, management and even the sale of many of the Gaylord entities.
He served as Vice Chairman of Arts, Entertainment and Music for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the BellSouth Senior PGA event and on the Leadership Board of the Franklin American LPGA event that together raised millions for local charities. Other industry membership and service include the CMA, Leadership Music and NARAS.
Mariah is a music professional with a degree in music business from Belmont University. Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, she has an unwavering passion for music, and decided to make music city her home and career.
Upon graduating college, she began her career supporting writers and artists including heading up the merchandise operations for LBK's artist development company. Mariah's experiences range from digital marketing, merchandising, artist management and music publishing. Her move into publishing came into play about a year into her career in the role of business and creative services manager for LBK Entertainment and Music Publishing. Her unique ability to mentor both the creative and business assets of songwriter's careers led her to become both creative director and a partner in LBK.
Tim DuBois’ storied career has included recognition as a songwriter, manager, record executive and producer. He has written five, No. 1 hits, and received two Grammy Award nominations, in addition to twenty No. 1 and Top 5 singles and more than a dozen gold, platinum and double-platinum albums as a producer.
Tapped to open a Nashville division of Arista Records in 1989, DuBois discovered and signed Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, BlackHawk, Pam Tillis and Diamond Rio, selling more than 75 million records worldwide in just four years. After serving as president of Gaylord Entertainment’s Creative Content Group in 2001, DuBois went on to head Universal South Records from 2002 until 2006. He was at ASCAP as Vice President and Managing Executive in Nashville from 2010-2012. DuBois has served on the boards of CMA, ACM, CMF, NSAI, Leadership Music, NARAS and Sun Trust Bank. He is a co-founder and board member of MyWerx LLC and also the former chairman of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tim's accomplishments in the business side of music, coupled with his skills as a songwriter, make him a valuable asset to LBK Publishing where he works hand in hand with the creative development of our songwriters.
Claire Parr-West spent her early years in her father’s recording studio working on jingles and production packages followed by starting her own live sound company at 17. She made her way into the music promotion and marketing world, in which her drive and work ethic resulted in becoming the Vice President of Curb Records in 1994. She worked with Pop and Contemporary Christian divisions, in addition to successfully crossing country music into the pop market.
She left Curb to create The Navigator Company, which has become one of the most successful Adult-orientated independent marketing & promotion companies in the industry. She has since worked on the promotion and artist development of projects with Island/Def Jam, Sony, Epic, Universal Music Group, Capitol, Virgin, Jive, RCA Records, Lava Records and J Records, on such superstar projects as Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz and countless others. In 2008, Claire co-founded Live In The Vineyard, the country’s most successful “private” music, food and wine festival in Napa, California. Claire relocated to Nashville in 2017 and has become an energetic and integral part of LBK Music Publishing as she supports music placements in Film and Television projects.
Debby began her career in music publishing working for ABC Music. Her industry focus has also included writer collaborations, artist development, catalog exploitation, A&R and industry advisor. She has worked at MCA Music Publishing, Infinity Music Publishing, Qwest Music/Quincy Jones Productions, David Foster Publishing, and BMG Music Publishing. She served as Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs at Windswept Music Publishing where she was responsible for the development of songwriters/artists and producers, securing recording contracts and production opportunities while managing co-ventures in the US and UK. She is LBK’s representative in Los Angeles for music placements in film, television, commercial projects and writer collaborations.
Sarah has a creative background managing and representing songwriters, including Melissa Fuller, Robert Earl Keen, Drew Kennedy, Don Schlitz and Thom Schuyler, and song placement experience pitching well-known catalogs. Those catalogs were home to the Grammy Nominated song “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” (Alan Jackson), “Not Cause I Wanted To” (Bonnie Raitt), “Outlaw State of Mind” (Chris Stapleton) and numerous placements on the TV show “Nashville” as well as cuts in Europe, Australia and Brazil. She began her publishing career working for award winning songwriter/producer Victoria Shaw (Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, John Michael Montgomery). She is a founding member of the all-female song plugger group, “Crazy Pitches”. Sarah works with LBK songwriters and catalogs, setting up writer collaborations and pitching music.
Debbie has been with LBK from the very start. She has broad experience in the many facets of what we do and handles all things financial. In addition to financial responsibilities, she is a partner and principal member of the team for all elements of growing LBK.
Debbie got her start as a staff accountant with Gaylord Entertainment Company while still attending college at Lipscomb University where she earned a degree in accounting. She held a variety of financial positions during her 23 years with Gaylord, including Vice President/Controller of the Music, Media, and Entertainment Group, which included The Nashville Network (TNN) and Country Music Television (CMT), as well as multiple radio stations, a production company, and a syndication company. Her professional experience also includes serving as Chief Financial Officer for Equity Music Group, an independent record label owned by Clint Black, and for Amity Entertainment, a television production and film distribution company.
Director of Accounting
Just because you grow up in Nashville doesn’t mean you’re destined for the music business, especially if you’re an accountant. But Courtney started on the right track as an internal auditor with Gaylord Entertainment, spent a brief time in corporate procurement then returned to a more accounting-based role. There was no way for her to say no when the opportunity with LBK came up, and just like that she was in the music business.
No business operates without money and somebody has to keep up with it all. That’s what Courtney does. Courtney also plays a key role as Business Manager for multiple LBK clients.