About

Sawyer & Garner

Sawyer & Garner artist management oversee all aspects of their client’s careers including creative, strategy, touring and logistics.

Sawyer’s savvy business sense and healthy rolodex paired with Garner’s keen financial skills and extensive touring background combine to set the stage for success with today’s ever-evolving music business trends. The millennial mindset of the firm brings together modern technology and industry shifts to stay ahead of the curve with a fresh perspective. For a team who strives for success as much as you do, Sawyer & Garner provide the turnkey partnership you need to make that next move, and all the moves after that.

Sawyer

Jerilyn Sawyer originates from Rhode Island with a hearty northern attitude and a love of music stemming from her youngest memories. She entered the sphere as a child performer where her voice could be heard anywhere from the NASCAR racetracks to the greens of Foxboro Stadium. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sawyer worked alongside world-renowned songwriters, lawyers, composers, conductors, and performers to perfect her craft and expand her musical palette both in the creative and business sphere. 

Sawyer has spent years working in music management on an international level, first in Sydney, Australia and later with a Nashville-based artist management company. Sawyer immersed herself in all spokes of the entertainment industry before opening her own artist management company with current business partner, James Garner. She has worked with Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, KC and the Sunshine Band, JT Hodges, and Jamie O’Neal, to name a few. 

An Ambassador to Berklee College of Music for Nashville, Sawyer continues today providing tools, resources, and networking opportunities for young professionals.

Berklee Magazine Article on Jerilyn Here >

After a 17 year hiatus from releasing music, Sawyer worked closely with legend Tanya Tucker to develop a creative strategy to reignite her existing fan base while introducing her to a younger generation. This includes a new album and documentary set to release in fall 2019.

Garner

James Garner, a born and bred Englishman grew up north of Birmingham. His father, adoringly known as Gaza, worked with the likes of Metallica, Marilyn Manson, and Slipknot. Taken under his wing, Garner began working in toe, touring globally from Japan to Brazil and Russia to Australia with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Stone Sour, Slipknot, etc. 

With a knack for management and international touring in his blood, Garner began working as country icon Dolly Parton’s band road manager, touring the world twice over with the global superstar. Focused on numbers and always remaining budget conscious, Garner became known for increasing his clients profitability through efficient touring logistics.  

After Tanya Tucker took a multiple year hiatus from the road, she turned to Garner to put her band and crew together and to build her now bustling international tour schedule, overseeing all aspects of the original female outlaw’s career.

 

 

 
 
Garth Brooks, James Garner, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, Jerilyn Sawyer

Garth Brooks, James Garner, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, Jerilyn Sawyer

(l-r) Jerilyn Sawyer, James Garner, Tanya Tucker, Lance Roberts (UTA), Nick Meinema (UTA)

(l-r) Jerilyn Sawyer, James Garner, Tanya Tucker, Lance Roberts (UTA), Nick Meinema (UTA)

Sawyer with Grace and Frankie star, Lily Tomlin at Dolly Parton's show at the Hollywood Bowl

Sawyer with Grace and Frankie star, Lily Tomlin at Dolly Parton's show at the Hollywood Bowl

Tanya Tucker and Garner planning a 2017 tour

Tanya Tucker and Garner planning a 2017 tour

Sawyer with Dolly Parton after performances for television networks in New York City

Sawyer with Dolly Parton after performances for television networks in New York City

Garner walking into Jimmy Kimmel Live in NYC

Garner walking into Jimmy Kimmel Live in NYC