ole Signs Exclusive Administration Deal with Country Singer/Songwriter JJ Lawhorn
(L-R) Shellien Kinsey (ole, Creative Admin. Manager), Brooke Antonakos (Red Creative Group, VP of Creative), Songwriter/Producer Jeremy Stover, Singer/Songwriter JJ Lawhorn, John Ozier (ole, VP of Creative, Mike Whelan (ole, Sr. Creative Director), Ben Strain (ole, Creative Director), Emily Mueller-Olson (ole, Creative Manager)
TORONTO, ON (July 22, 2016) – ole, the world’s fastest growing independent rights management company, and New Kid on the Block Entertainment LLC have signed a deal that gives ole exclusive administration rights to singer/songwriter JJ Lawhorn.
Hailing from Hanover County, Virginia, JJ Lawhorn is an American country music singer/songwriter discovered online by ole songwriter and record producer Jeremy Stover when he posted a YouTube video singing a Justin Moore cover song. Stover produced Lawhorn's 2013 debut album, Original Good Ol' Boy, which sold 4,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at #20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #91 on the Billboard 200. The single “Good Ol' Boys Like Us” was released to country radio in 2014, praised as "a great lyric and a strong vocal performance" in a Taste of Country review. In 2016, Lawhorn released his EP Rural Route, which was produced by ole’s Jeremy Stover and Andrew Petroff.
New Kid on the Block Entertainment LLC is a music publishing and management venture created by Stover and artist manager Pete Hartung.
“JJ Lawhorn is an inspiring American success story,” says John Ozier, Vice President, Creative of ole. “His talents have led to a quick rise, and all of us at ole believe his career has plenty of room to grow. We’re glad to be a part of this exciting next stage, working in tandem with ole’s own Jeremy Stover and New Kid on the Block Entertainment.”
“ole’s presence in Nashville keeps growing and growing,” says Lawhorn. “I feel like together with their talented people and New Kid on the Block Entertainment, we’re a perfect match.”
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $520M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 50,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole’s control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.
ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Entertainment One, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium, as well as an extensive production music library of over 750,000 tracks including Jingle Punks, Cavendish Music, 5 Alarm Music, MusicBox, Nelvana Production Music, Auracle, and Cue.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 120+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Jeremy Stover, Phil O’Donnell, Jordan Davis, and Ian Thornley. ole has ongoing ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-Bluestone Publishing, ole’s venture with global hitmaker Timbaland. ole’s legacy catalogs and writers include Rush, Max Webster, Coney Hatch, and Ian Thomas.
ole also operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label services. The division includes Anthem Entertainment Group, the label home of Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, The Tea Party. Anthem Legacy includes; Max Webster, Ian Thomas, and artist development label red dot, which has developed and up-streamed artists including Charlie Worsham, Haley Reinhart, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, and Jordan Davis.
ole Digital is a full YouTube MCN partner for all media with over 5B views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.
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