ole signs Roger Springer - 'Thank God For Believers'- And Mark Chesnutt's Favorite Songwriter
NASHVILLE: International music publisher ole has added ASCAP-Award-winning Roger Springer to its songwriting ranks.
Springer -- a Caddo, Oklahoma native currently based in Nashville, Tennessee -- has had 65 of his traditional country and Western Swing songs covered by the likes of Kenny Rogers, Clay Walker, Sammy Kershaw, David Kersh, Mark Wills, Doug Supernaw, Ty England and many others over a career that's nearing two decades.
However, his biggest champion has been hit maker Mark Chesnutt, who has recorded 20 Springer tunes, including the 1997 chart-topper "Thank God For Believers;" the Top 10 hit "Let It Rain", the #1 hit "It's A Little Too Late" that appears on Chesnutt's platinum Greatest Hits collection -- and "I Might Even Quit Lovin' You."
"It's A Little Too Late" has been aired more than 1 million times on U.S. country radio.
Springer also wrote "Matches," a top 30 hit for Sammy Kershaw in 1998, and the Western swing song "I Ain't Never Seen No One Like You," which appears on George Strait's 1996 smash triple platinum album Blue Clear Sky.
"I'm really excited to join ole and write my butt off," says Springer, who was previously signed to Warner Chappell Music and EMI Music Publishing.
"I just want to write great songs and I want to write a better song tomorrow than I did today."
Springer joins an established country music songwriting roster that includes direct signings Willie Mack (Sara Evans), Gilles Godard (Terri Clark), Steve Mandile (Mark Wills), Gerald O'Brien (Trace Adkins) and Tebey Ottoh (Big & Rich) that's supplemented by ole's co-venture partner Roots Three Music's Denny Carr, Bruce Wallace, Doc Walker's Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw and Steven Lee Olson.
Springer's first ole cut placement is the song "Woman," slated for Mark Chesnutt's new album due on Lofton Creek Records in early 2008.
Gilles Godard, ole's Chief Creative Officer/Nashville, says he's been receiving several calls from ole writers following writing appointments stating that Roger Springer is their new favorite collaborator.
"We are excited to have Roger Springer one board as one of our new ole writers," Godard states and adds “I predict big things for Roger.”
"Roger is one of those true matter-of-fact lyricists who hits you with every line and his melodies are as pure and classic as George Strait's best.
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher.
Comprised of a team of 25 experienced music publishing professionals, ole is focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration in Toronto, Nashville, and LA. ole was voted 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years that the honour went to an independent.
The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music, with major acquisitions including the Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse and Frank Myers music publishing catalogues. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH's Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbots and the music to sci-fi cult series, Lexx.
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, Shaftesbury, Ellis Entertainment, The National Film Board of Canada and PorchLight Entertainment as well as many others.
ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. 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.
Staff songwriters and composers include; Lenz Entertainment/Jack Lenz, Tebey, Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Scarlett, Roger Springer and Dr. Alex Tsisserev.
Recent cuts include "I'm Already There" by Westlife, "Once In A While" by Akon, "Another Pot O' Tea" by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, Trace Adkins' "High," and Shane Yellowbird's "I Remember The Music."
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing (Kinnie Starr, Mother Mother); Roots Three Music (Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr); ib Entertainment (Dru, Alonzo and Haydain Neale).
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.