ole 7th Annual pop+urban songcamp Generates 27 Great Copyrights

L.A.-based songwriter Drew Lawrence at ole pop+urban songcamp   ole songwriter Haley Reinhart (center) in full creative collaboration mode at ole pop+urban songcamp   Omar Grant of Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay Z, addresses the songwriters attending the ole pop+urban songcamp   Swedish songwriter/producer/artist Maria Marcus

The recent ole 7th annual pop+urban songcamp, held in association with Roc Nation, focusing on Rihanna and other Roc Nation artists, took place again this year at the historic Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood. It produced 27 great songs from the world-class songwriters in attendance, a mixture of ole writers, including Haley Reinhart, Clare Reynolds and Allison Kaplan, Roc Nation writers and a select group of writers from other publishers. This year, ole also invited the production team of Mynority and Canadian songwriter, Scotty Hills, through ole’s unique songcamp deal agreements. Sponsors included City National Bank, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SOCAN.

“We always do these songcamp deals where we let writers come to the songcamp and we co-publish what they do at the camp,” explains ole Creative Director Chad Richardson. “Allison and Clare are signed to ole now. Mynority attended the camp on the second songcamp deal, including our camp in Santorini last May. Our last two signings all did songcamp deals with us before they became ole writers. It’s a really a great tool to see what people can do and for them to get to know the company itself.

“With Scotty Hills, a friend of mine pointed him towards me. I heard one of his songs and I called up Eric Spence [ole-bluestone] and I said, ‘You know why I love my job? I’m about to call a guy in Canada [Scotty Hills] and tell him that I’m bringing him down to L.A. to write for a week.’ He did incredible work at the camp. It’s another example of how ole does some really unorthodox and innovative things to try to advance songwriters where we can.”

Says Scotty Hills: “I was really happy to go down there and know that Chad was rolling the dice a little bit on me. He had a gut-feeling about some of the stuff he had heard of mine and the experience was fantastic. It was such a team environment and immediately I felt that I was in the same room with 30 other people who were just as passionate about songwriting as I was. I had never felt that before and it made me hungry to be part of that team and to write the best songs I could write.”

Upcoming is an ole-bluestone songcamp in Virgina Beach, Virginia at Timbaland’s Thomas Crown Studio complex. Among the writers participating are ole’s Haley Reinhart, Clare Reynolds, Allison Kaplan and Mynority, on yet another songcamp deal.

A significant number of the songs generated by the ole songcamps over the past few years have resulted in some impressive chart numbers and placements domestically and internationally. It was at the ole pop+urban songcamp at Westlake in 2011 that ole writer/artist Shiloh co-wrote the song “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” which was on Carly Rae Jepsen’s album, Kiss and became the follow-up single to her worldwide hit, “Call Me Maybe.” “Bounce,” a song co-written by ole’s Marty Dodson at the 2011 ole Eurocamp in Malmo, Sweden, was recorded by K-Pop legend Cho Yong Pil and went to #1 on nine South Korean charts successfully challenging the chart supremacy of fellow countryman and international pop phenomenon, PSY (“Gagnam Style”). The song has just been released in Japan. In 2010, ole legacy writer Tebey co-wrote the #1 U.K./Japan single, “All About Tonight,” during his trip to L.A. Other placements with a variety of A-list artists have included "Cause A Scene" (Teairra Mari featuring Flo Rida), "Loving You Is Easy" (Meg Pfeiffer), "Superman" (Abraham McDonald) and four cuts on the ‘Hanni und Nanni’ film soundtrack recorded by Shiloh, The Veronicas and The Black Sheep.