About The Music Gardener

Hi, I’m Keith Stancil. I am President/CEO of Artist Garden Entertainment and I have been blogging here since 2009.

My Content

My passion is to share thoughts on current industry issues, share great new music and to encourage and equip independent artists and labels with marketing ideas.

My Biography

I am the President/CEO of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing firm in Brentwood, TN. Prior to that, I served twenty years in sales and marketing roles with Capitol/EMI, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and Word Entertainment. My most recent label years were served in the role of Vice President of General Markets/International/Digital for Word Entertainment. While personally responsible for sales of over fourteen million records, I worked on sales and marketing strategies for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Tina Turner, Madonna, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Jaci Velasquez, Hillsong, Randy Travis, Point of Grace, Francesca Battistelli and the WOW Brand.


My wife, Diana, and I launched Artist Garden Entertainment, in 2009. Artist Garden Entertainment currently serves as exclusive management for Holly Starr, Ryan Corn, StompTown Revival, Noah ClevelandTAL and The Gray Havens. In addition to artist management, I consult and market music releases for various independent artists and record labels spanning contemporary Christian music and Christian hip-hop with a client list that includes Reach Records, RMG Music, Save The City Records, Lampmode Recordings, Collision Records, Flame and Social Club.

I began blogging in 2009 and founded The Music Gardener blog which was honored multiple years by the Nashville Scene in the “Best of Nashville” awards.

My Family

I have been married to my wife, Diana, for thirteen years. We have two sons, a daughter, two grandsons and one granddaughter.


In my free time, I enjoy bicycling, swimming, camping, gardening and doing just about anything with our grandkids.