ole Buys Award-Winning Jody Williams Music Catalogue
TORONTO/NASHVILLE: ole is pleased to announce the purchase of the Jody Williams Music catalogue, adding over 3,300 titles to its 35,000-song catalogue, including a trio of Top 10 hits from next week's No. 1 U.S. country music album Taylor Swift.
Founded in 1999 by Jody Williams as a joint venture with Sony ATV Publishing, the catalog is currently riding a hot streak with hits from the 3.2 million-selling debut album by Taylor Swift. Singles “Tim McGraw”, Picture To Burn”, and the iTunes No. 1 selling Country Song of 2007 “Teardrops On My Guitar”.
Williams, now BMI’s Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations in Nashville, left the publishing company in 2006 to assume his role at BMI.
Formerly home to some of country music's finest songwriters, including 2007 SESAC Songwriter of the Year Liz Rose, Josh Turner and Mark Narmore, you can also find some of the biggest country hits represented in the Jody Williams Music catalogue, including the 2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year "That's What I Love About Sunday," "Long Black Train," and "What If She's An Angel."
In making today's announcement, ole Nashville, Chief Creative Officer Gilles Godard stated, "We’re very pleased that Jody Williams has entrusted ole with this great song legacy and we look forward to revitalizing this catalogue and working closely with the songwriters involved."
Jody Williams said ole's global vision was an important consideration in finding a new home for his song catalogue.
"The catalogue has a lot of great songs that were unexploited, not only in Nashville, but in film and TV," he explained. "I really wanted to hand over the catalogue to a company who is as hungry to get songs recorded as I was…a company looking for a stronger foothold in Nashville, and ole was the perfect fit.
"That's exactly what ole is. They mean business -- and I think the catalogue in the hands of Gilles Godard (Chief Creative Officer, ole Nashville) and his staff will yield a lot of success."
ole CEO and Chairman Robert Ott said the acquisition of the substantial Jody Williams Music catalogue is the latest investment in ole's aggressive pursuit of music publishing intellectual property.
"ole has acquired over $50M of music publishing assets in the past couple of years and remains on an aggressive acquisition path in 2008," he noted.
"We don’t have a nickel of debt financing in our acquisitions and have a substantial amount of cash with which to acquire.
Chart hits in the Jody Williams Music fold include the 2005 Billboard #1 Country Song of the Year and Craig Morgan chart-topper "That's What I Love About Sunday;" Tommy Shane Steiner's “What if She's An Angel” (Billboard Hot Country Songs #2, Billboard Hot 100); Josh Turner's "Long Black Train" (#13 Billboard Hot Country Songs) and "Me And God" (#16 Billboard Hot Country Songs) from his double platinum album Your Man; Jennifer Hanson's "Beautiful Goodbye" (#16 Billboard Hot Country Songs); and prominent cuts such as "Songs About Rain" for Gary Allan on his Greatest Hits; "All We Ever Find" for Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors and Lee Ann Womack's "The Wrong Girl" from her Greatest Hits.
In addition, Jody Williams Music publishes seven songs on the triple-platinum, self-titled debut album by 18-year-old country music sensation Taylor Swift, which reclaims its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums in its 85th week at retail. Taylor Swift also reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200.
Liz Rose, the 2007 SESAC Songwriter of the Year, co-wrote those seven Swift tracks, including the Top 10 "Tim McGraw" (#6, Billboard Hot Country Songs, #40 Billboard Hot 100); "Picture To Burn" (#3, Billboard Hot Country Songs) and "Teardrops On My Guitar" (#2 Billboard Hot Country Songs, iTunes 2007 Top Selling Country Song).
A respected Nashville music publishing industry veteran, Jody Williams has won numerous BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC honors over the past eight years, most recently SESAC's 2007 Country Music Co-Publisher of The Year.
For more information, please visit 2007 Canadian Country Music Publisher of the Year ole's website at www.majorlyindie.com.
ole is a globally competitive, 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 a team of 25 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. With offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles ole has grown into Canada’s largest music publisher in three short years. ole was named the 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years the honour has gone to an independent publisher.
The ole catalog includes over thirty-five thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over 50MM USD in acquisitions over the past three years, including prominent catalog purchases of Balmur, Jody Williams Music, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH’s award-winning children’s series Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and 3D animated series Rollbots, and the music to sci-fi cult series, Lexx.
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 songwriters and film and television producers. ole is a direct member of SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, HFA, CMRRA and SESAC. ole’s leverages considerable industry relationships, board positions and knowledge of key collection issues to enable deep analysis of income trends. This is paired with an aggressive collection policy. For sub-publishing clients ole fields the largest, most sophisticated administrative and creative teams in Canada.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Derek Brin, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriters David Kopatz and Dr. Alex Tsisserev of Mad Love Music.
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists Kinnie Starr, Mother Mother, Rides Again, Let’s Go To War, O’Luge, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr, and Kaci Bolls. ole’s urban co-venture with Tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, and Haydain Neale to the roster. ole has also entered into a co-venture with LA-based Five K Entertainment headed by Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R for j records.
ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as in televisions series The Sopranos, The Black Donnelly’s, The Hills, Cold Case, Trailer Park Boys, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Whistler, Da Kink In My Hair, and Falcon Beach.
Recent ole cuts include “I’m Already There” by Westlife, “Once In A While” by Akon, "No Man No Cry" by Kelly Rowland, “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, “ It Was Me” by George Strait and Shane Yellowbird’s “I Remember The Music.” Other notable copyrights include Billboard #1 single “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson, “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim, “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, “Shoes” by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, Trace Adkins’ “High”, “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, and Gretchen Wilson’s “He Ain’t Even Cold Yet”.
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.
For more information: www.majorlyindie.com