Recent Deals Build ole's Country Music Momentum

NASHVILLE: With the signings of songwriter, producer and Sixwire front man Steve Mandile to a multi-year co-publishing deal and a separate administration pact with the Dubois/ Extreme Music Group, Canadian indie music publishing giant ole continues to build its significant country music presence and Music Row profile.

Under the provisions of the deal, ole will co-publish 33 current Steve Mandile songs -- including "Entertaining Angels," the new Mark Wills single co-written by esteemed ole songwriter Willie Mack; Nashville Star winner Erika Jo's "Wish You Back To Me" and Canadian Country Music Entertainer Of The Year George Canyon's "Bird In December" and "Working On Ten" -- along with any new creations generated over the next two years.

ole will also administer all Mandile titles written under the Dubois/Extreme Music Group umbrella.

"Steve Mandile's creative reputation is second to none and ole is excited about working to create a global framework for that great talent to grow and flourish in," declared Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner.

"Steve's will to win, international outlook and talent are a perfect fit for ole!"

Best known for co-writing Tim McGraw's 1997 smash "For A Little While," Texas native Steve Mandile started out his professional career as a performing guitarist supporting some of country music's top names: Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Olivia Newton-John, Lee Greenwood and others.

Wishing to concentrate on songwriting, Mandile opened the Nashville club A Hard Day's Nightclub with good friend Phil Vassar and spent much of his time honing his craft. Artists ranging from Faith Hill and Mindy McCready to Sherrie Austin and, of course, Tim McGraw, covered his songs, resulting in Mandile being named SESAC Songwriter of the Year in 1999.

In 2003, Mandile's band Sixwire released its self-titled album on Warner Bros. Nashville, which also served as the songwriter's first solo production credit.

"Steve's one of the most talented writers/producers in Nashville and I'm proud to help him move forward in his career," stated Tim DuBois of DuBois/Extreme Music Group Publishing.

"I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the ole family," added Steve Mandile.

"They have a strong presence on Nashville's Music Row with a global mentality. I write several different genres of music, so when Tim DuBois and I started looking for a co-venture partner, we wanted to find a company that could provide opportunities not only here in Nashville, but in other markets as well.

"ole is that company. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it."

The Mandile/DuBois/Extreme deals are just the latest developments in strengthening ole's presence on the country music front, which includes the control of over 8000 country songs.

Titles comprise such significant hits as Lonestar's "I'm Already There," (through the 2006 purchase of the Frank Myers catalogue), Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me" and Martina McBride's "I Love You" (by way of the 2005 procured Keith Follese/Encore Entertainment catalogue), the Robin Lee/Alannah Myles hit "Black Velvet" (through the David Tyson library) and Gretchen Wilson's "He Ain't Even Cold Yet," a Balmur catalogue property co-written by Cyril Rawson and placed in a recent episode of The Sopranos.

In the first six months of 2006 alone, ole has significantly expanded its country music visibility by establishing an office in Nashville's prestigious Music Row through its co-venture with Roots Three Music Publishing, adding writers Denny Carr (two-time Canadian Country Music Award Songwriter Of The Year), Doc Walker's Chris Thorsteinson and David Wasyliw and recent signing Bruce Wallace.

This year ole also directly signed Willie Mack (Sara Evans, "Restless," Mark Wills "Entertaining Angels") and has enjoyed immense success with another of its songwriters, Gerald O'Brien, who has placed cuts on recent albums by Ronnie Milsap ("My Life") and Trace Adkins ("High.") ole has also benefited from a string of successful placements ranging from "Shoes" with Shania Twain (from the soundtrack Music Inspired By Desperate Housewives), Jason Aldean's "Lonesome U.S.A.," Jamey Johnson's "It Was Me" and The Road Hammers' "I'm A Road Hammer."

And why stop in North America: ole's sub-publishing deal with Australia's Mushroom Music means that a stream of songs is constantly being pitched to Australian country stars.

So with the additions of Steve Mandile and the Dubois Extreme Music Group to the ole camp, Robert Ott predicts exciting times for the country market ahead.

"Country music continues to outpace many other genres in terms of growth and recovery from the recent sales slump," notes Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner.

"Add to that some of the best songwriting in the world and you've got something that ole is very excited to be a part of.

"We have a lot of respect for the legacy of great songs that has come before us and some of which we've adopted.

"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."

So ask not what country music can do for you but what ole can do for your country music by contacting us at

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 22MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers and David Tyson catalogs.

Recent cuts include the lead-off 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 and Ronnie Milsap's "My Life."

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 -- and recently signed a three-year sub-publishing agreement with DiC Entertainment, the Burbank, California-based independent animation giant.

ole also recently signed its first 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.

The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett and Derek Brin 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 and Kinnie Starr to the roster as well as Steven Dall. ole recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker).

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