The Team

John  Ettinger


John is credited with the launch of numerous artist careers in country music, most recently the Top-10 debut of Carolwood Records’ flagship artist Love & Theft. As VP of Promotion at Mercury Records, John conceived and executed the launch plans for Sugarland, Billy Currington, Julie Roberts, and started Jamie O’Neil out with two #1 records.  John has been the radio point person for Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Mark Wills, and was the leader of the Mercury team that gave Bon Jovi a #1 country single with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

Ryan Barnstead

Senior Vice President, Operations

Ryan’s first week on the job as an intern in the Promotion Department at Epic/Monument Records in Nashville saw the release of the 7x platinum album from the Dixie Chicks “Home.” He went on to do regional promotion with both Epic and Columbia Records, working with artists ranging from Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson, to rock icons John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. In 2007, he helped open Independent label Nine North Records, having success with such artists as Willie Nelson, Joey + Rory, and Train. 

EJ Bernas


EJ started his promotion career at Universal Music, working under then Mercury VP, and current TTA CEO John Ettinger.  His career has gone on to include positions at MCA, Curb, and Dot Records, working with acts ranging from George Strait to Bon Jovi, to Maddie and Tae and Steven Tyler.

Brad Mates


Emerson Drive lead singer and co-founder, Brad Mates joins TTA as a creative consultant.  Mates has spent the last seventeen years on the road touring with Emerson Drive.   The band has racked up a number of awards from the ACM’s, CMA’s, and CCMA’s.  Most notably ACM 2003“Top New Vocal Group or Duo” and CCMA “CMT Music Video of the Year” with their #1 single “Moments” in 2007.  Brad’s business experience in the office, on the road, and on stage expand TTA’s business perspective and  create more opportunities to move music.

Bryan Todd

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Signed with UMPG as part of a joint venture deal with Grammy Award winning producer, composer David Foster, Todd has recently been in the studio with TTA artists Arabella Jones and Monique McCall. Since beginning his career as a recording artist in Los Angeles, Todd has since written and produced numerous projects for Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts, Michael W. Smith, Lucy Hale, Snoop Dogg, among many others.