ole Adds Nashville Hitmaker Wallin to Star-Studded Roster
ole Adds Nashville Hitmaker Wallin to Star-Studded Roster
TORONTO-ole, one of the world's fastest-growing independent music publishers with offices in Nashville, Los Angeles and Toronto, is proud to announce the catalogue acquisition and worldwide co-publishing deal with award-winning hit songwriter Chris Wallin.
A longtime fixture on the Nashville scene, Wallin's catalog includes the No. 1 hit singles Toby Keith's "Love Me If You Can," Kenny Chesney's ACM Song of the Year nominee "Don't Blink;" and Montgomery Gentry's "Something To Be Proud Of;" Top-5 hits "I'm Tryin'" (Trace Adkins) and "Speed" (Montgomery Gentry); and Top-40 singles such as: "Your In My Head" (Brian McComas), "What Brothers Do" (Confederate Railroad) and "John J. Blanchard" (Anthony Smith). The prolific writer brings more than 100 additional songs to ole.
Wallin was drawn to ole's international reach and development commitment to its writers. "It's clear that ole is a company that doesn't stay in the box," says Wallin, who attended ole's CMA week Screening Party in November, 2009. "That's one of the things I really love about them--they're unconventional."
"ole welcomes Chris to our team and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with him," notes ole Chief Creative Officer Gilles Godard. "It's a testament to ole's brand and culture that Chris would choose ours as the team to make his future aspirations a reality."
Raised in White Pine, Tennessee, the 38-year-old credits Jim Croce, James Taylor, Merle Haggard--as well as his own musical family--as major influences. Writing his first song at age 12, Wallin made his way to Nashville in the 1980s. He soon landed his first songwriting deal and began establishing a consistent track record writing for such artists as Lorrie Morgan, Keith Anderson, Anthony Smith, Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Jeffrey Steele, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Brian McComas, Brad Paisley and Diamond Rio.
A strong collaborator, Wallin co-writes regularly with such hit songwriters as Jeffrey Steele, Jim Collins, Craig Wiseman, Danny Wells, Casey Beathard, Craig Monday and Keith Anderson.
Wallin is also an active advocate for songwriter's rights, and has traveled with other influential members of Nashville Songwriter's Association International to Washington, DC to help revise legislature concerning intellectual property rights.
"I'm very excited to be working with such a forward-thinking company," says Wallin. "I'm really looking forward to building my relationship with ole in a big way."
ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Nashville, Los Angeles and Toronto. ole's team of 30 experienced industry professionals are focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration.
The ole catalogue includes over forty thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres.
Most recent awards include: Canadian Country Music Association Publisher of the Year for 2009, 2008 and 2007; 2009 SESAC #1 Most Performed Song: "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 SOCAN Country Music Award "Beautiful Life" by Doc Walker; 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award: CBS News: Today by composer Jack Lenz; 2008 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Picture To Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2008 ASCAP Most Performed Song: "Me and God" (Josh Turner); 2008 SESAC Recurrent Country Performance Activity Award: "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); and 2008 SESAC Country Performance Activity: "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).
ole also earned its first Grammy nomination in December, 2009 for Best Country Song : "White Horse", from the Album "Fearless", nominated for Album of the Year.
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 publishers, songwriters and film & television producers. ole's owned and controlled catalogue in children's television is now one of the largest in the world.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Chris Wallin, Gerald O'Brien, JC Smith, Rupert Gayle, Bruce Wallace, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriter David Kopatz.
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists: Mother Mother, O'Luge, Rides Again, Let's Go To War, Panurge and Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo); Roots Three Music featuring songwriters: Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr and Chris Thorsteinson, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker; the pop/urban focused tanjola brings songwriters: Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale, Rupert Gayle, Alex Greggs, Justin Forsley and Shiloh to the roster. ole also forged a recent creative pact with BMG Rights Management GmbH, which has brought a roster of hit songs by artists such as La Roux, including her hit single "Bulletproof."
Notable copyrights for ole include the Grammy nominated Taylor Swift smash "White Horse" and current single "Fearless," as well as "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn," and "Teardrops On My Guitar;"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent;" "Can't Hold Us Down;" by Christina Aguilera ft. Lil' Kim; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday;" "Shoes" by Shania Twain; Sean Paul's "Change the Game;" Trace Adkins' "High;" "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner; "It Was Me" by George Strait; "Once In A While" by Akon; "Runnin'" by Doman + Gooding; and "Lies" by Martina McBride, "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney; and "Love Me If You Can" by Toby Keith.
Recent ole songs on the charts include Susan Boyle's "Amazing Grace;" "Down" and "Do You Remember" by Jay Sean; "Mmm Papi" by Britney Spears; "Party All The Time" by the Black Eyed Peas; "I'm Already There" and "Leaving" by Westlife; "Bad Girl" and "Body Body" by Massari; "Streetlights" by Kevin Borg; "S.O.S (Let the Music Play)" by Jordin Sparks; "Dancin' in Circles" by Love and Theft; as well as, "Goodbye You Suck" and "I Remember" by Shiloh.