Gord Bamford Signs Worldwide Music Publishing Deal With ole

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2012) - ole has signed star country artist/songwriter, Gord Bamford to a multi-album, worldwide music publishing deal. In the agreement, ole also acquires Bamford's prior song catalogue. The deal, which includes notable copyrights "Blame It On That Red Dress," "Little Guy," "Drinkin' Buddy," "Put Some Alcohol On It" and "Hank Williams Lonesome," also includes songs on future recordings.

Bamford, who recently signed to Sony Music Entertainment Canada, has just released the single, "Is It Friday Yet?" The song is the title track from his fifth album set to debut on March 6, 2012.

Says ole CEO Robert Ott, "Gord is always striving to take his songs and artistry to the next level and we're proud that he's chosen ole to support him as he ascends in his career over the next few years. Our team is looking forward to great Creative and business success with Gord."

"I'm very excited about the deal with ole; even before I knew Robert Ott, he paid me a huge compliment by referring to me as 'The George Strait of Canada,'" Bamford says. "I have great respect for him and what he and his team have achieved. It also just made sense for me to be involved with a Canadian company that is also doing huge things internationally."

Bamford, who was raised in Lacombe, Alberta, had his stature as one of Canada's biggest country stars confirmed in the fall of 2010 at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Edmonton, Alberta. Bamford's sweep included six awards: Album of the Year (Day Job), Male Artist, CMT Video of the Year ("Day Job") and Producer, which he shared with Byron Hill. In 2008, the year he received his first Juno Award nomination in Canada for Country Recording, Bamford had another banner year at the CCMA Awards picking up three on the night.

Over the course of four albums released since 2001, including God's Green Earth, Life Is Good, Honkytonks and Heartaches and Day Job, as an artist, Bamford has placed over 20 singles on the Canadian country charts. "Drinkin' Buddy," "Put Some Alcohol On It," "My Daughter's Father" and "Hurtin' Me Back" all found a home on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 countdown. "My Father's Daughter" was the number one song on the Canadian Billboard and Mediabase spins charts for 2011. His song, "Stayed 'Til Two," was given recognition by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) as one of the top three country music songs that had the greatest number of performances on Canadian radio in 2008.

ole is coming off a 12-month period during which it was named Music Publisher of the Year for the fifth consecutive time at the Canadian Country Music Awards and its writers were responsible for number one records in the U.S. by Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington and the Eli Young Band, whose "Crazy Girl" was named by Billboard as "The Most-Played Song of the Year" on U.S. country radio. ole had songs on 19 of the Top 50 Billboard Country Albums in 2011. The top country albums, including catalogue albums, on which ole has cuts have sold over 22 million units. One of those songs, "Springsteen," was written on ole's "Write Where U R" tour bus and helped to power Eric Church's album Chief to an impressive number one debut on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart as well as to a Grammy nomination. It was one of only two country songs to appear on Rolling Stone's Year-End 50 Best Singles of 2011 list.


About ole:

ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 40 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration.  ole has recently entered the Production Music space with operations in the U.S. (MusicBox) and Canada (clear).

ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past five years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse". Other recent notable ole awards include: SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler) ; 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award "Busytown Mysteries" (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $115MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, CCI and recently, "The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That".

ole is committed to the creative development of it's 6o+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

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, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole's online client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include Taylor Swift singles "Fearless", "White Horse", "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn", "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by  Britney Spears; Pink's "You and Your Hand; "It's Gonna Be Me" from 'N Sync'; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That".

ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox and clear libraries.  With 9 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform.  Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.

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.


Kathryn Gatto
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