ole Pop/Urban Songcamp Creates Over 40 Songs - In a Week!

LOS ANGELES: The ole Pop/Urban Songcamp is a weeklong songwriting summit that featured some of the most successful Canadian, U.S. and U.K. songwriters. This year in a single week over 40 new songs were generated for album, film and TV project consideration.

During the last week of September over 34 top pop and urban songwriters from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. converged on the LA Musicians Institute for a week long invitation-only event of intense writing sessions.

Modeled after last year’s inaugural Toronto-based event the second annual ole Pop/Urban Songcamp was hailed as a success by the event’s organizer, ole Creative Manager Jennifer Hyland.

“This is what’s really going to start building a bridge between the urban songwriting communities in Canada and the U.S.,” says Hyland, who took the opportunity to thank Songcamp co-presenters, Notting Hill Music and Musicians Institute, as well as sponsors the Department of Canadian Heritage and performing rights organizations ASCAP, SESAC, BMI, and SOCAN, for their generous support.

“Songcamp is an opportunity for all our songwriters to get out of their comfort zones, try new fresh ideas, while at the same time network with like minded creative people they have never met before.”

Writers that participated in this year’s Songcamp include contributors to past No. 1 albums by Usher, Jamie Foxx, Christina Aguilera, Danity Kane, Jahiem, Destiny’s Child and Mary J. Blige among others.

Participants included The Runners (Chris Brown, R. Kelly), Maddscientist (Leona Lewis, Jesse McCartney), Mike City (Usher, Jamie Foxx), Rex Rideout (Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone), Mark “Qura” Rankin, (Christina Aguilera, Fabolous), Michael Linney (Kesha), Jamie Moore (Toby Mac), Deanna Della Cioppa (Dian Díaz), Christopher Breaux (John Legend, Brandy), Tiffany Fred (Jennifer Hudson) , Jenny Karr, Cory Peterson (Kelly Price), Shep Solomon (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson), Lonny Bereal (Chris Brown, Beyoncé), BWB (Danity Kane), Francesca “Francci” Richard (Keyshia Cole, JoJo), Maurice Carmon (Brandy, Snoop Dogg), The Write Chix (Jazzy), Sammy Jay (Mis-Teeq, Mark Morrison), Iain James (Craig David, Donnie Klang), and Lyrica Anderson (Flo Rida, Ashley Tisdale) .

The ole contingent included Mark J. Feist (Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland), Alonzo (Melissa O’Neill, Eva Avila), Tebey (Shawn Desman, Rex Goudie), Steven Lee Olsen, Andrew “Dru” Grange (In Essence, Dru), David Kopatz (Corbin Bleu, Jordan Pruitt), Rupert Gayle (Jamelia, Keshia Chanté) and Derek Brin (Jaheim, Che’Nelle).

During the Songcamp virtual strangers were paired up and placed in 12-hour studio sessions with the mandate to compose, complete and demo a brand new song, assisted by Musicians Institute personnel.

“We exclusively used Musicians Institute’s engineers and some of their recent graduates and found them extremely professional and accommodating,” says ole’s Hyland.

“The facility was outstanding and we look forward to working with Musicians Institute in the future.”

During the sessions, leading A&R representatives from Epic Records, Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Warner Music, Universal, and Columbia were on hand to offer direction to the writers.

As a result, a number of the 40 new songs created at the ole Pop/Urban Songcamp were placed on immediate hold for pending album, film and TV projects.

Last year’s inaugural Toronto-based Pop/Urban Songcamp generated more than 30 songs to add to ole’s 35,000-plus song catalogue.

More importantly, ole’s Jennifer Hyland says the ole Pop/Urban Songcamp is another example of ole’s mandate to develop its songwriter roster on an international scale.

“We’re actively supporting our Canadian, U.S. & Nashville-based writers in the ongoing development and growth of pop and urban music,” notes Hyland.

The event wrapped with a West Hollywood listening party on October 2 at Red Rock Hollywood.

Qiana Conley, Director of Creative/A&R of co-presenter Notting Hill Music, praised the unique event.

“As co-presenters, it was truly a wonderful opportunity for Notting Hill Music Publishing to take on a significant role in the development and management of a project not common to the U.S. market or the Urban Music genre,” said Conley and added.

“Notting Hill Music, the Musician’s Institute and ole were successful in bringing together these two music worlds and producing an awesome selection of available catalogue.”

Monica Mancillas, Director R.I.T. for Musicians Institute, was also thrilled with her organization’s participation in hosting the ole Pop/Urban Songcamp.

“We were all very impressed by the level of talent and creative energy coming out of our rooms every day,” said Mancillas. “We look forward to the next annual ole songcamp! My thanks to Jennifer, and everyone at ole and Notting Hill Music for making it happen and allowing us to share in this event."

Who’s Harris Entertainment/Management CEO Livio Harris also felt that a communal event like the ole Pop/Urban Songcamp was long overdue.

“The overall event was a lovely experience, and putting two worlds together in some cases – like a pop producer working with an urban producer – I think that it was a really innovative experience,” says Harris, who represents Songcamp participants The Runners, Lonny Bereal, Francesca “Francci” Richard, Mark “Qura” Rankin and Mike City.

“I felt that event was definitely beneficial and the next wave of the industry – putting platinum superstar producers and writers in an environment and seeing what comes of it.”

Gilles Godard, ole’s Chief Creative Officer, praised the networking nature of the event.

ole has always been a strong advocate for unique and cross-genre co-writes,” states Godard.

“This event beautifully orchestrated by Jennifer Hyland and Qiana Conley has certainly raised the bar when it comes to fostering multi-genre collaborations. This event has introduced many new collaborators who may not have met otherwise. ”

Jennifer Hyland says the ole Pop/Urban Songcamp is a harbinger of things to come as ole further entrenches its presence in the songwriting community.

“This songcamp is just the beginning for us,” ole’s Hyland stated. “We very much look forward to holding similar events, and working collectively with our fellow publishers and local community.”

Stay tuned for ole Pop/Urban Songcamp 2009!

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Hyland, ole Creative Manager, Music Publishing at 310-499-0242 or at jennifer_hyland@olemm.com


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.


About Notting Hill

The Notting Hill Music Group Plc is a truly international music publishing operation, based in London and Los Angeles, with first-class representation in every corner of the globe. Founded in 1990 as the international repertoire division of the Japanese Nippon Television Music Corporation, it became Notting Hill Music following a successful management buyout in 1993 and has rapidly become one of the world’s leading independent music publishers.

The Notting Hill Music Group Plc now represents over 30,000 copyrights recorded by such artists as Will Smith, Nelly, Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears, Eminem, Day26, Chris Brown, The Whispers, Danity Kane, Ne-Yo, Shalamar, Nas, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Lil Wayne, The Jacksons, Destiny’s Child, Usher, T.I., Steve Winwood, G-Unit, Madonna, Busta Rhymes, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Brandy, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, New Order, Prince, Bow Wow, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. Our Pop/Urban Artist roster includes successful signings such as: Bow Wow, DJ Khaled, DJ Felli Fel, Marques Houston, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Sean P (formerly of the Youngbloodz), Brooke Valentine, DEJA the Great, Jon B, Field Mob amongst others. NHM’s other Artist roster includes: Motorhead, Norma Jean, Monster Magnet, Fightstar, Sepultura, Funeral For A Friend, Job For A Cowboy, Hellogoodbye, Earshot, Salon Boris, Racine, Mercedes, Roger Eno, Kristine W., etc.

The group’s U.S. companies, Notting Hill Music, Inc. and Notting Dale Songs, Inc. have enjoyed exponential growth since opening their Los Angeles offices in 2003. Huge hit singles such as “This Is Why I’m Hot” (MIMS), “Naughty Girl” (Beyoncé), “Don’t Cha” (Pussycat Dolls), "A Milli" (Lil Wayne), "Go Getta" (Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly), “Everytime” (Britney Spears), “Roses” (OutKast), “We Takin Over” (DJ Khaled), “Hustlin” Rick Ross, “There It Go (The Whistle Song)” Juelz Santana, “Tipsy” (J-Kwon), “Cater 2 U” (Destiny’s Child), “Over and Over” (Nelly & Tim McGraw), “Please Don’t Go” (Tank), “I’m A Flirt” (Bow Wow & R. Kelly), "Ice Box" (Omarion), "Pop, Lock & Drop It" (Huey), "Out Here Grindin" (DJ Khaled), "Damn!" (Youngbloodz) and many more, have propelled the company into the vanguard of music publishing in the U.S.

Notting Hill’s current Pop/Urban songwriter roster includes: Mike City, The Runners, Lonny Bereal, Francesca “Francci” Richard, L.E.S., Robert “EST” Waller, Red Spyda, Eddie F, Brandon Howard, Reefa, Qura Rankin, Ron Browz, Tommy Gunz, Sam Chris, Sammy Jay, Maurice Carmon, Joey Covington, Forrest Kline, Kochease, Jason Rome, Cyber Sapp, G1, Don Airey, Steve Sidelnyk, and Chad Wes.
Notting Hill Music is all about working with the best songwriters and helping to support them on a creative level, finding opportunities for collaborations, and promoting to Film/TV and media in general.


About Musicians Institute

Since opening its doors in 1977, Musicians Institute has primed over 20,000 musicians, producers, engineers, vocalists and industry professionals for successful careers in every genre of contemporary music. Located just blocks from the Capitol Records tower, MI has a history of innovation dating back to its origins as the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), which broke new ground as a performance-based contemporary music school taught by working professionals. Within a few years, GIT was joined by bass and drum programs to form Musicians Institute, and the evolution has continued to this day with Bachelor and Associate degrees and certificate programs for career-minded guitarists, bassists, drummers, vocalists, keyboard players, recording engineers, independent artists, guitar makers, music business professionals and filmmakers.