With Catalogue Share Purchase, ole is 'Already There'
NASHVILLE: With the purchase of a share in the Josh-Nick catalogue by eminent Grammy-winning songwriter Frank Myers, Canadian indie music publishing giant ole adds the chart-topping Lonestar smash "I'm Already There" and 106 additional songs to its impressive and ever-expanding holdings.
Co-written by Myers' frequent partner Gary Baker and Lonestar singer Richie McDonald, "I'm Already There," enjoyed huge crossover success in 2001, topping Billboard's country charts and just missing a similar impact in the publication's adult contemporary chart, peaking at No. 2.
Named 2002 BMI Country Song Of The Year, "I'm Already There," isn't Myers' first taste of crossover success: His best known song, "I Swear," enjoyed simultaneous double coverage by country music star John Michael Montgomery and R&B/pop crooners All-4-One, tearing the roof of the pop and country charts by occupying the top spot for a combined total of 15 weeks in 1993-4.
Named CMA Single Of The Year, ASCAP Country, Pop & R&B Songs Of The Year, ACM Single and Song Of The Year, Billboard's #1 Song Of The Year and a Grammy winner for Best Country Song, "I Swear" was also named International Song Of The Year in Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and China and sold close to 20 million copies worldwide.
"I've been very blessed in terms of my career and I try to write songs that appeal to the masses," states Myers, a native of Dayton, Ohio who initially got his big break in 1981 as bandleader, road manager and guitarist for Louisiana country singer Eddy Raven.
Myers co-authored Raven's No. 1 hits "I Got Mexico," (1984), "Bayou Boys" (1989) and his Top 5 classics "You Should Have Been Gone By Now" (1985) and "Sometimes A Lady" (1986).
However, those songs weren't his first crossover success: That came in 1982 with the Eddie Rabbitt/Crystal Gayle duet "You And I," which not only topped the country charts, but also enjoyed Top 10 success in the AC and pop charts.
Other charted Myers hits include Lonestar's "My Front Porch Looking In (#1, 2003) and "Class Reunion (That Used To Be Us)" (#16, 2005); Reba McEntire's "One Honest Heart, " (#7, 1999); Alabama's "Once Upon A Lifetime,"(1992) and "T.L.C. A.S.A.P" (#7, 1993); Hank Williams Jr.'s "Early In The Morning And Late At Night) (#14, 1988) and Travis Tritt/John Mellencamp's "What Say You," (#21, 2004) .
Over 50 artists ranging from Barbara Mandrell and Alan Jackson to Uncle Kracker and Jessica Simpson have recorded Frank Myers tunes, registering over 40 million record sales and ole is looking to continue the tradition with the addition of the Josh-Nick catalogue.
"ole is about great songs and 'I'm Already There' certainly qualifies," states Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner. "We're proud to represent the song which was recently covered in Japan and also look forward to working the latent copyrights in the catalogue as well.
"We'll ensure that Frank Myers' trust in ole is merited."
Adds Frank Myers:
"ole seems to be serious about what they're doing and I like what I see in terms of how they're presenting themselves to the rest of the music world."
about ole ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto. Co-founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMG Music Publishing Canada) and Tim Laing, ole has been initially financed to the tune of over $100 million dollars. ole boasts an experienced team of some 18 industry professionals involved in acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. The ole catalogue includes over twenty thousand songs across all genres ranging from pop, to country, to urban to rhythm & blues and soul. ole has completed some 21 MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors and David Tyson publishing catalogues. Recent song placements include the leadoff single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Sean Paul's "Change The Game," "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson and Jaheim's "Daddy Thing." Additionally, ole has concluded publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board Of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, CCI Entertainment, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Suman, Mona Lisa and Slanted Wheel. ole is the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush. The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett and Derek Brin and has struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing, a division of Last Gang Entertainment bringing West Coast rockers Panurge and Kinnie Starr to the roster. ole also recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Denny Carr, Chris Thornsteinson and Dave Wasyliw. At ole the goal is to be the home for the best songwriters, composers, management talent and intellectual property investors and the first choice music source for creators in all media. To contact ole, please visit our website at www.majorlyindie.com