ole Re-Signs Country Songwriter/Producer Phil O’Donnell to Worldwide Co-Publishing Deal
TORONTO, ON (September 8, 2016) – ole, the world’s fastest growing independent rights management company, announced it has re-signed the hit country songwriter producer Phil O’Donnell to a worldwide co-publishing deal.
The development marks the latest in a year of significant milestones for O’Donnell. At the upcoming 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA), he is nominated for Songwriter of the Year – alongside ole writer Gord Bamford -- for “Heard You In A Song,” and also produced the Gord Bamford album Tin Roof, which has been nominated for Album of the Year. In addition, he was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the 2015 CCMA for “Where A Farm Used to Be,” again co-written with Bamford.
Now based in Nashville, O’Donnell’s Canadian roots have earned him a place in the New Brunswick Hall of Fame. His platinum discography contains multiple #1 hits, including Blake Shelton’s “Doin’ What She Likes,” George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight,” and Montgomery Gentry’s “Back When I Knew It All.” Additional hits include cuts by Craig Morgan, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Rodney Atkins, and Parmalee. Among the dozens of notable artists who have also tapped O’Donnell’s talents are Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Kellie Pickler, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Gord Bamford, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Jason Blaine, and Randy Travis.
“No one works harder for their songwriters than ole,” says O’Donnell. “The work ethic and drive of everyone here never lets up. I’m glad to be working with the entire ole creative team, and that together we can continue to build on our success.”
“Phil O’Donnell is a gentleman and a rare talent that we’re proud to have on the ole roster,” says John Ozier, Vice President, Creative of ole. “Re-signing Phil will allow us to keep expanding on his already legendary body of work.”
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.
For more information, visit www.majorlyindie.com.
(L-R) Ben Strain (ole Creative Director), Emily Mueller (ole Creative Manager), Songwriter/Producer Phil O’Donnell, John Ozier (ole VP, Creative) and Mike Whelan (ole Sr. Director, Creative)