Josh Turner's 'Me and God' Lands ole First ASCAP Award

Nashville: ole is pleased to announce that the company has received its very first ASCAP Award honoring the most performed country songs of the year.

“Me And God,” a Top 20 country hit written and performed by Josh Turner – and part of ole’s recent Jody Williams Music Catalogue purchase – received the honor at the 2008 Annual ASCAP Awards, a star-studded event sponsored by performing rights organization The American Society Of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

With such powerhouse superstars as Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn and others sitting in the audience, ole’s Gilles Godard, Chief Creative Officer; Shane Barrett, Creative Director, Nashville and Stevie Erickson, Creative Consultant accepted the honor on ole’s behalf.

"It truly was an honor to receive our first ASCAP award on behalf of ole,” stated ole’s Gilles Godard.

“When Reba (McEntire) accepted her Golden Note Award that same evening, she really put things into perspective when she said -- and I paraphrase -- ‘If it wasn't for these great songs and all of the songwriters out there I wouldn't be here and I wouldn't have a career.’

“At ole this rings true and we are thankful for the great writers we represent.

But to receive an award for Josh Turner’s ‘Me And God,’ one of the most performed songs of the year, that definitely is an amazing reward."

Currently in its fifth year since inception, ole has rapidly expanded from a Toronto-based independent full-service music publisher to a thriving, globally competitive business with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles and a catalogue of more than 35,000 songs.

Some of the Nashville-based writers ole represents include “Thank God For Believers” songwriter Roger Springer, “My Life” writer Gerald O’Brien, “15 Minutes Of Shame” co-writer Kelly Archer, “I Wanna Do It All” chart-topper Gilles Godard; “Radio” writer Tebey and Willie Mack.

“I know this is just the first of many more award-winning ole songs to come,” said Godard.

The Canadian Country Music Association also named the company Canadian Country Music Publisher of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

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about ole

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 purchases of the Jody Williams Music catalog, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music catalogs. 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, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series Lexx, and the music for all productions in Nelvana’s vast TV/film catalog.

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 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 Star, Mother Mother, Rides Again, Let’s Go To War, 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, Haydain Neale and Shiloh 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.

Notable copyrights for ole include the Taylor Swift singles "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn" and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar", Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard #1 single “Miss Independent”, “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim, “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, Craig Morgan’s "That's What I Love About Sunday” (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year), “Shoes” by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka, Trace Adkins’ “High”, “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner, and “It Was Me” by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include “I’m Already There” by Westlife, “Once In A While” by Akon, Gretchen Wilson’s “Don’t Do Me No Good”, Kristy Lee Cook’s “15 Minutes Of Shame”, "No Man No Cry" by Kelly Rowland, and “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris.

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.