About Combustion Music

Combustion Music first opened its doors in 2001 as an independent publishing/production company, first as a partnership with Windswept Pacific in L.A., and most recently partnering with Atlas Music Publishing. Combustion Music President and Owner Chris Farren envisioned a company that encompassed all facets of the music industry, in all genres, allowing artists, songwriters, managers, producers, and publishers to interact on a daily basis - both creatively and with the sharing of information. Since opening, Combustion Music has become one of Nashville's most successful independent publishing companies, earning a multitude of platinum LPs & #1 singles, both domestically & internationally, and across several genres. This success includes: 2006 ASCAP and GRAMMY Country Song of The Year "Jesus, Take The Wheel;" 2009 GRAMMY Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, and Record of The Year "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon; 2009 ASCAP Country Song of The Year "You're Gonna Miss This;" 2009 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley; and additional GRAMMY nominations in the following categories Song of The Year, Best Rock Album, Best Country Collaboration, Best R&B Song, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Combustion Music is home to a roster of writers/producers/artists including Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Blair Daly, Matthew West, Matt Jenkins, Kelly Archer, Zach Crowell, Native Run, Brett Tyler and Nathan and Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon).


October 17, 2016
5 Songs By 5 Combustion Writers In Top 10
October 11, 2016
LUKR featured on KTWN Minneapolis
October 11, 2016
Gorley and Crowell Honored at 2016 NSAI Awards


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Chris Farren 


2x Grammy nominated Producer 11x ASCAP award winning songwriter 10x Grammy nominated publisher CMA award winning producer/songwriter ACM Board of directors NARAS Board of directors Founding member of the Hopetown Music Fest

Chris Van Belkom

aka The Falcon 
Vice President

Degree in Music Business from MTSU Been with Combustion since 2004 Member of NARAS, The Crew Nashville and Musicians On Call Advisory Board Founder of Hot Dog Friday

Kenley Flynn

Senior Creative

Kenley Flynn began his career in publishing right out of Belmont University in 2010, joining up with Chris Farren and Chris Van Belkom at Combustion Music. Now Sr. Creative, Flynn works closely with Combustion’s entire roster.

Casey Zumbrook

Catalog Manager/Office Manager

Bio coming soon...