About Daywind Publishing

Since its inception in 1995, Daywind Music Publishing has emerged as the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and Church Print/Choral markets. In early 2012, Daywind expanded publishing to include Christian Contemporary staff and writers and has already made an impressive start to their year including cuts by Hawk Nelson, Hyland, Jamie Slocum and Nate Sallie.

DMP boasts of an exclusive staff of 13 prestigious songwriters. Daywind Music Publishing has been blessed with more than 75 Singing News Song of the Year and Gospel Music Association (Dove) nominations as well as 37 radio singles hitting the top position on the charts – #1. BMI awarded DMP’s Christian Taylor Music, Christian Music Publisher of the Year in both 2002 and 2004.

Daywind Music Publishing remains committed to the exhortation and encouragement of the church through the advancement of quality Christian music.


Rick Shelton currently serves the Southern Gospel music industry and the church print market as Director of Publishing for Daywind Music Group. He developed a keen sense of anticipating audience response as an artist, music minister, Christian television producer, and music manager at Salem Communication’s Solid Gospel Radio Network. This distinctive background prepared him to serve as Director of Publishing at Centergy Music until he accepted his present position.  He has secured a little more than 2,000 recordings for Daywind’s staff of exceptional writers including 25 #1s and 10 BMI Awards. Daywind Music Publishing received the prestigious GMA Dove Award for Song of the Year in 2011. Rick resides in Nashville.

Rick Shelton, Vice President