ole/Roots Three Music's Doc Walker Also Earns Four CCMA Award Nominations

TORONTO, REGINA: ole, Canada's largest and fastest growing independent music publisher, is delighted to be recognized for its continuing commitment to Canadian country music with its second consecutive Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award nomination for Music Publishing Company Of The Year.

Currently enjoying a Top 5 hit on the Canadian country music charts with Doc Walker's "What Do You See" and a No. 26 with a bullet position for Willie Mack's "Gonna Get Me A Cadillac," ole's contribution on the domestic scene is evident on albums by a number of this year's CCMA nominees, including The Road Hammers, Brad Johner and prominent placements on Album Of The Year finalists Doc Walker (Doc Walker) and Life Is Calling My Name (Shane Yellowbird).

With a country music catalogue of over 8000 titles, an impressive roster of accomplished songwriters and a strong presence in Nashville through the ole office on Music Row and Nashville creative staff Shane Barrett and Tammy Brown, ole continues the pursuit of its mandate to be the best and most innovative global destination for top country songwriters and the first choice country music source for creators in all media.

In the past year alone, pitches by ole's exceptional Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles-based Creative teams have successfully landed cuts on albums by such million-selling country artists as Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Mark Wills and Ronnie Milsap, as well as projects by exciting newcomers Jason Michael Carroll and Woody Bradshaw.

ole has also bolstered its country catalogue with a number of key catalogue purchases, including Balmur Publishing, Encore, Keith Follese, Frank Myers' Josh-Nick catalogue and four songs from Jeff Carlton Music, including the Alan Jackson's Top #5 2004 hit "Monday Morning Church" and "What I Wouldn't Give," a key track on Blake Shelton's latest album B.S.

Included in ole's constantly expanding 8000-plus-country-song-catalogue are the smash No. 1 hits "I Love You" and "Where Would You Be,"(Martina McBride); "I'm Already There" and "Smile," (Lonestar); "Black Velvet" (Alannah Myles, Robin Lee); "Something Like That" (Tim McGraw); "Guys Do It All The Time" (Mindy McCready); "I'm A Road Hammer" (The Road Hammers) and a multi-format chart-topper that will be appearing on her upcoming The Hits CD to be released October 2, Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me."

In terms of generating its own material, ole has directly signed such noted and award-winning talents as Gerald O'Brien, Gilles Godard, Willie Mack, and Steve Mandile; writers who have recently generated cuts on recent and pending albums by Trace Adkins, Ronnie Milsap, Mark Wills and Doc Walker.

The ole songwriting pool is further extended by co-ventures, including the ole/Roots Three Music partnership with RGK Entertainment Group Inc. that includes award-winning songwriting roster of Denny Carr, Doc Walker's Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw, Bruce Wallace and Steven Lee Olsen.

In fact, besides ole's nomination for Music Publishing Company of the Year, the other piece of great news was the four Canadian Country Music Award nominations garnered by Doc Walker and ole/Roots Three Music principals Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw: the coveted Kraft Cheez Whiz Fan's Choice Award (a fan-oriented Entertainer of the Year award that's decided by public ballot); Single of the Year for "Driving With The Brakes On"; Album of the Year for Doc Walker and Group Or Duo of the Year.

"It's great news anytime you're nominated," said Doc Walker's Dave Wasyliw.

"But if I had to pick one nomination that's special, it would be Album of the Year. We experienced some strong emotions in writing and selecting songs for this album. It was a real group effort."

Congratulations are due as well to Group or Duo of the Year nominee The Road Hammers (whose self-titled debut album contains co-writes by ole/Roots Three Music's Denny Carr on "I'm A Road Hammer" and "Keep On Truckin') and Roots Three Music parent company RGK Entertainment Group Inc., which garnered 28 CCMA nominations including Management Company of the Year.

Notes RGK Entertainment president Ron Kitchener of his Roots Three Music alliance with ole: "Our partnership is past our first year anniversary and we couldn't be happier with our progress so far.

"The opportunities continue to grow and we have some new developments and signings to announce soon."

Other ole initiatives include its co-sponsorship of the ASCAP & ole Songwriter Fishing Tournament held annually during The Key West Songwriting Festival in Key West, Florida -- and for the first time this year, a showcase during Nashville's prestigious Tin Pan South. Both these events provide invaluable showcasing and networking opportunities for ole writers.

With a newly established office on Nashville's Music Row; a platform of tremendous songs and songwriters; a dedicated staff; an unparalleled work ethic and a knack for innovative creative, administrative and marketing planning, ole will further entrench its reputation as a local and global country music publishing powerhouse by example.

The Country Music Publishing Company of the Year Award will be presented at the CCMA Industry Awards in Regina.


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 23 industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. ole has staff in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.

The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed new acquisitions over the past two years including purchases of the Balmur, Logrhythm's Matt Morris, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson, Lighthouse and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbots.

Recent cuts include the lead-off single “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, “Once In A While” by Akon, “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 Trace Adkins' “High”.

ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, PorchLight Entertainment, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Sandra Carter Global, Slanted Wheel, Summerhill Television, Storm Entertainment, Sound Venture Productions, and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.

ole is the 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. ole also serves as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prominent Bucks Music Group, home of the James Blunt smash “You’re Beautiful” and Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" and for TV, animation giant DiC Entertainment.

The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Scarlett and Dr. Alex Tsisserev and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing artists Panurge and Mother Mother, MSTRKRFT, Let's Go To War and O’Luge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), Kinnie Starr, Rides Again and Steven Dall to the roster. ole also has co-ventures with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker) -- ib Entertainment and their first signings Dru, Alonzo and Haydain Neale, and Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile.

ole also signed administration deals with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label, and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, The London Apartments, Brandon Jones and Chris Labelle; Treasure Music Island Inc., whose catalogue features The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.

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.

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