Cliff Audretch, III
Sr. Director A&R / Staff Producer - Show Dog / Universal
Country music superstar, Toby Keith, founded independent label, Show Dog Nashville in 2005. In 2001, Universal Records South was originally formed as a joint venture between Universal Music Group and music industry veterans Tim DuBois and Tony Brown; in 2007 it became a wholly owned Universal company with Mark Wright serving as President of the label.
In December 2009, Show Dog Nashville and Universal Records South merged to form Show Dog – Universal Music. Superstar Toby Keith serves as Principal of the company while Mark Wright acts as President. In January 2010, Trace Adkins joined the label as their first post-merger signee. In addition to Keith and Adkins, other artists on the roster include Carter’s Chord, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Jessie James and JT Hodges.
In May of 2010, Show Dog – Universal Music celebrated their first post-merger #1 single with Joe Nichols' “Gimmie That Girl” for three consecutive weeks.