Meet the creative team behind the songs you hear from Big Tent.
Cody Walden is co-founder and President of Big Tent. Growing up in Hinesville, GA his love for music developed at an early age listening to artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Don Williams. In December of 2009 he made the leap to Nashville, TN and signed a songwriting deal soon thereafter. After earning a reputation as an up-and-coming talent and and opening for major acts such as John Anderson and Rhett Akins, Cody started Big Tent Publishing. As a natural born leader with a blue collar work ethic, Cody was the obvious choice to lead the way for those of us Under The Big Tent.
VIce PRESIDENT, partner
Born in Coal Township Pennsylvania, David Reuter studied Classic Guitar in New York City before moving to Boston to study at The Berklee College of Music in Boston where he earned degrees in Jazz Composition and Arranging. David performed extensively as a Jazz Guitarist and specialized in Composing and Arranging Horn Charts for Small Ensembles and Big Bands before moving to Nashville.
Shortly after meeting and writing with Cody Walden, their creative partnership grew into Big Tent Nashville LLC.
David is also a partner in a production company, The Dark Matter Laboratory, and is the Music Director for Artist / Producer Kristen Parisi.
Director of Creative Services
A graduate of The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, Kristen Parisi began songwriting at Big Tent Nashville in 2014 and was signed as a Full Time Staff Writer here in 2016. Her role expanded to Associate Producer in 2017 and, in 2018, Kristen was promoted to our Director of Creative Services. In addition to her writing responsibilities, Kristen is also the President of The Dark Matter Laboratory, a Contemporary Music Production Company. Kristen works directly with Artists and oversees the writing, production and development of songs from Concept, to Digital Production, to Mastering. Her knowledge of contemporary musical trends has allowed her to develop her own style and sound palette as a producer. Kristen’s tools of choice include Steinberg’s CUBASE Pro 9, Steinberg’s WAVELABS and products by Universal Audio, Slate, Waves and Presonus and IZotope. They allow her to Produce Broadcast Quality Recordings that range in style from Americana to Hip Hop to Urban Pop. Kristen also leads her own band and performs frequently at venues here in Nashville and in the Southeast United States.
Director of Artist relations
A Nashville music industry veteran, Rock Marcello has a unique blend of skills and experience that combine to make him a respected artist consultant.
Rock is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College and Temple University with a degree in journalism. He was a Director of Creative Services for Adroit Records here in Nashville and worked extensively in national advertising and marketing campaigns.
If you can handle an “Honest Opinion” about your songwriting, your artistry or your musicianship, then one conversation with Rock will leave you with invaluable insights that you can apply to your music career. In addition to being a business professional, Rock is also an accomplished songwriter and performer. He’s just as comfortable with his vintage Martin guitar as he is with an excel spreadsheet.
You can catch Rock hosting writers' nights here in Nashville, sharing the spotlight with hit writers, attending those #1 parties, writing press releases or rolling up his sleeves and co-writing songs.
Taylor marie wagner
Social media strategist
A key component of a successful business involves implementing a creative social media strategy. Nowhere is that truer than in the music industry. Taylor Marie Wagner blends strategy, analytics and creativity into social media management across digital platforms to create engaging campaigns that get results.
Taylor brings a wealth of experience handling a large portfolio of social media accounts as well as experience promoting artist and helping them grow their fan bases which has generated product endorsements, performance opportunities and digital sales. Taylor’s creative ideas have helped artists increased follower counts across platforms and lead to higher levels of engagement on all forms of content/media.