ole Proudly Earns First Nomination For CCMA Music Publisher Of The Year

TORONTO/SAINT JOHN: Emphasizing ole's exceptional commitment to Canadian country music and a banner year in terms of activity, the Toronto-based "majorly indie" music publisher has scored its first major Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award nomination for Music Publisher Of The Year.

The award is to be presented at a gala dinner at the Trade & Convention Centre in Saint John, New Brunswick on September 10 -- the night before the televised ceremony.

"We're very pleased to be recognized," said Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner. "It's a testament to the great songwriting talent and songs that we represent. Our team is passionately committed to the great country music talent in Canada and to bringing that talent to the world."

Some of the Canadian cuts ole has landed in the last year include the domestic country chart-topper "I'm A Roadhammer" by the platinum act The Road Hammers and "I'm Ready" by Doc Walker (both obtained through ole's co-venture with Roots Three Music Publishing); "Who Would You Be" by 2005 multiple CCMA winner George Canyon; Michelle Wright's "Everything And More;" "Shoes" by Shania Twain -- written by Cyril Rawson -- and Jason McCoy's "I Feel A Sin Comin' On."

Since ole was established in 2004, the Toronto-headquartered company has developed a roster of country music writers through direct signings, catalogue purchases and co-ventures (Roots Three Music Publishing via a partnership with RGK Entertainment) that includes Toronto native Gerald O'Brien, Albertans Chris Thornsteinson and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Nova Scotia's John Wesley Chisholm and Nashville writers Willie Mack, Denny Carr, Bruce Wallace and Steve Mandile.

Initial catalogue purchases included the Canadian-initiated Balmur Music, songs of Encore and Keith Follese - and have been complemented this year by the acquisitions of the David Tyson and Frank Myers catalogues and a co-publishing and administration venture with Sixwire front man Mandile, pegging the number of active country songs in the ole library in the thousands. Some of the key U.S. copyrights ole controls include Gretchen Wilson's "He Ain't Even Cold Yet," Lonestar's "I'm Already There," Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me," Tim McGraw's "Something Like That" and Martina McBride's "I Love You."

ole also significantly raised its international country music profile at the beginning of 2006 by opening a Nashville office on Music Row in conjunction with Ron Kitchener's Roots Three Music Publishing, launching a co-venture that will also develop a stable of writers who double as country music recording artists.

Through a sub-publishing arrangement with Mushroom Music in Australia, ole songs are consistently pitched to country artists both Down Under and in New Zealand.

Throw in some recent high profile placements -- ranging from "My Life" to Ronnie Milsap and "High" to Trace Adkins to George Jones' "He Still Has Songs To Sing" -- and ole's allegiance to country music in both Canada and the rest of the world is unparalleled for a Canadian music publisher.

"We hope that our global outlook and insistence on working our older catalogues will add a great deal of value for our writers and that it will help bring this great music to a wider audience," notes ole's Ott.

The CCMA Music Publisher Of The Year nod wasn't the only ole-connected announcement: The Road Hammers -- whose Top Selling Album nomination The Road Hammers, in a field that includes recordings by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and the late, great Johnny Cash -- was partially fueled by the inclusion of a couple of co-writes by ole/Roots Three Music's Denny Carr in the form of the Top 10 Canadian hit "I'm A Road Hammer" and "Keep On Truckin'," were honored with five nominations.

Congratulations are also due to CCMA Group Of The Year contender Doc Walker, which includes in its ranks ole/Roots Three Music songwriting principals Chris Thornsteinson and Dave Wasyliw.

Last, but certainly not least,ole's Roots Three Music co-venture partner Ron Kitchener received a double nomination as Manager Of The Year and Record Label Person Of the Year for his own Open Road Recordings.

"We're privileged to work with Ron's team and songwriters via our co-venture with Roots Three Music," says Ott.

"Their success is not surprising given their incredible work ethic and talent and we congratulate them on all of their achievement."

about ole

ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive). 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 $23MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson and Lighthouse catalogs, with the latter deal also encompassing the hit masters of the Lighthouse album library.

Recent cuts include the leadoff single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim's 'Daddy Thing', Sean Paul's "Change the Game," "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Milsap's "My Life, " and "High" by Trace Adkins.

ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.

ole also recently signed its first label administration deal with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, London Apartments and J.C. Smith.

ole is the Canadian administrator for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush, as well as independent animation firm DiC Entertainment.

The company has directly signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, Derek Brin and Steve Mandile and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing West Coast rockers Panurge, Murray Yates of Forty Foot Echo, Steven Dall and Kinnie Starr to the roster.

ole recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker) and Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker).

A new urban music co-venture with IB Entertainment to acquire urban song catalogues and develop urban songwriters has also been reached.

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. The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com