Regarded among Nashville’s most accomplished, thoughtful and dynamic music industry executives, Barry Coburn heads Ten Ten Music Group, a prominent music publisher contributing significantly to the success of numerous top artists on a variety of major labels.
With vast international experience, Barry is widely known as being at the forefront of successfully exploiting repertoire across a range of genres in the USA and internationally. Ten Ten Music Group’s writer roster includes Bobby Huff, Tim Finn, Femke Weidema, Paul Brady, Angaleena Presley, David Lee, Tia Sillers, Clare Dunn, Scott Stepakoff, and Porcelain Black.
Among the company’s biggest successes has been the development of Keith Urban’s songwriting career from 1991-2005, including hit songs such as “Somebody Like You” and “Tonight I Wanna Cry”. The Ten Ten catalog represents hundreds of recorded singles and album tracks.
With a continuous commitment to publishing since 1984, Barry’s career also encompasses record company executive management, artist management and concert promotion. He served as President / CEO of Atlantic Records’ Nashville division from 1999 to 2001. He has served on the ASCAP Board of Directors since 2007 and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association.
Prior to Atlantic, Barry helmed Ten Ten Management, a firm he opened in 1985 with client Lacy J. Dalton, guiding her career with five Top 20 Country singles. In 1988, Barry signed newcomer Alan Jackson and secured a record deal for him with Arista Nashville. Over the next six years Barry developed and promoted Jackson’s career, resulting in countless major awards, 13 No. 1 singles and sales of more than 13 million albums. Suzy Bogguss, BR5-49, Holly Dunn and Diamond Rio also achieved success as Ten Ten clients.
Barry, who moved to the United States from Australia in 1984, brought considerable publishing experience with him. He also managed and produced the rock group Split Enz in New Zealand during the early ‘70’s, in addition to producing major concert tours for Elton John, Neil Diamond, Black Sabbath, The Eagles, Duke Ellington, Emmylou Harris, Chuck Berry, Roger Miller and Led Zeppelin.