ole Repeats as CCMA Music Publisher of the Year

WINNIPEG/TORONTO: For the second successive year, ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association Music Publisher of the Year.

The multinational, Canadian-owned, full-service music publisher received the honor at the 2008 Canadian Country Week Music Industry Awards held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Canadian-owned music publisher has enjoyed major success with its songs and songwriters on Canadian country radio over the past 12 months, and ole CEO & Chairman Robert Ott says the honor reflecting the company’s dedication to homegrown country music is appreciated.

ole is committed to supporting the Canadian country music community and it’s great to have our staff recognized for their huge effort over the past year on behalf of our songwriters,” stated ole CEO & Chairman Robert Ott.

There was a further reason for the company to celebrate: through its Roots Three Music co-venture, ole dominated this year’s Winnipeg-held CCMAs with a six-award sweep for Doc Walker, including the coveted Songwriter of the Year category for “Beautiful Life, ” written by ole/Roots Three Music’s Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw (with Murray Pulver).

“Doc is one of the best bands I’ve ever seen and it’s great to see Chris and Dave come into their own as songwriters,” stated ole’s Ott.

“I’ve been involved in the Doc creative process as a publisher since record one and it’s gratifying to see them have this kind of success after all of their hard work and perseverance.”

Founded in 2004 by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio, TV producer and finance executive), ole has continually pledged its support for Canadian country music, songs and its songwriters.

In just four short years, Toronto-based ole has accumulated an impressive country music catalogue of more than 11,000 songs and established a high profile presence on Nashville’s Music Row and in Los Angeles, evolving into Canada’s largest independent music publisher in the process.

In June, the company purchased the prestigious Jody Williams Music catalogue, home to hits by major country music stars Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Josh Turner among others.

Recent ole Canadian country music hits include the chart-topping Doc Walker’s “Beautiful Life,” Jason Blaine's "Flirtin' With Me” and The Higgins’ “Real Thing.”

More recently, ole’s Kelly Archer co-authored “15 Minutes Of Shame,” the lead-off track on American Idol finalist Kristy Lee Cook’s just-released RCA album Why Wait. Canadian country artists Aaron Pritchett, 2007 CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Johner, 2008 CCMA nominees Deric Ruttan, Canadian Idol finalists Jaydee Bixby and Tara Oram, and Northern Pikes alumnus Jay Semko have all dipped into the ole songwriting talent pool to contribute to their recent album releases.

ole’s stellar stable of incredible writers includes Willie Mack, Gerald O’Brien, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Roger Springer, Kelly Archer – and on the Roots Three Music side – Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Bruce Wallace, Denny Carr, Steven Lee Olsen and Kaci Bolls.

Furthering its commitment to Canadian country music, ole has also sponsored key Country Music Week events such as its Songwriting Super Session, the newly launched Hitsville and the annual post-CCMA Awards highly anticipated Saloon Jam.

ole also puts Canadian talent front and center on popular international songwriting showcases such as Bluebird Café, Tin Pan South and the annual Key West Songwriters Festival.

But the cornerstone of ole remains great songs, and with a constant stream of aggressive pitching from ole’s Creative teams in Nashville (Gilles Godard, Shane Barrett, Tammy Brown and Matt Turner), Toronto (Elizabeth Spear, Kara Purto) and Los Angeles (Sean Mulligan, Jennifer Hyland, Tony Crago), ole CEO & Chairman Robert Ott says the company will continue to ramp up its Canadian country music activity both nationally and internationally.

“It all comes down to creating great songs and aggressive pitching of our songs and songwriter/artists across genres and media,” said ole’s Ott.

“This is our mandate and though we’ve done well so far; we’re going to take it up a notch next year.”


about ole

ole is a globally competitive, 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 a team of 25 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. With offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles ole has grown into Canada’s largest music publisher in three short years. ole was named the 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years the honour has gone to an independent publisher.

The ole catalog includes over thirty-five thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over 50MM USD in acquisitions over the past three years, including purchases of the Jody Williams Music catalog, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH’s award-winning children’s series Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series Lexx, and the music for all productions in Nelvana’s vast TV/film catalog.

ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world’s leading songwriters and film and television producers. ole is a direct member of SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, HFA, CMRRA and SESAC. ole leverages considerable industry relationships, board positions and knowledge of key collection issues to enable deep analysis of income trends. This is paired with an aggressive collection policy. For sub-publishing clients ole fields the largest, most sophisticated administrative and creative teams in Canada.

Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Derek Brin, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriters David Kopatz and Dr. Alex Tsisserev of Mad Love Music.

ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists Kinnie Star, Mother Mother, Rides Again, Let’s Go To War, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr, and Kaci Bolls. ole’s urban co-venture with Tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale and Shiloh to the roster. ole has also entered into a co-venture with LA-based Five K Entertainment headed by Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R for j records.

ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as in televisions series The Sopranos, The Black Donnelly’s, The Hills, Cold Case, Trailer Park Boys, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Whistler, Da Kink In My Hair, and Falcon Beach.

Notable copyrights for ole include the Taylor Swift singles "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn" and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar", Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard #1 single “Miss Independent”, “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim, “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, Craig Morgan’s "That's What I Love About Sunday” (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year), “Shoes” by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka, Trace Adkins’ “High”, “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner, and “It Was Me” by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include “I’m Already There” by Westlife, “Once In A While” by Akon, Gretchen Wilson’s “Don’t Do Me No Good”, Kristy Lee Cook’s “15 Minutes Of Shame”, "No Man No Cry" by Kelly Rowland, and “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.