Veteran Nashville Songwriter Gilles Godard Joins Ole As Chief Creative Officer

NASHVILLE: ole is pleased to announce that veteran Nashville songwriter Gilles Godard has joined the ole Nashville team as Chief Creative Officer. In his new role Gilles will manage ole’s Nashville Creative activities with a mandate to expand ole’s presence and activity on Music Row.

According to ole Managing Partner Robert Ott, “Gilles is that rarest of people; not only a brilliant songwriter but also an entrepreneurial thinker with vision and strong networking ability. What is most impressive is Gilles will to win and relentless promotion of the brand. We’re very excited to have him on board and look forward to a lot of success in the coming years.”

For Gilles this move into the executive suite is an evolution of his role within ole. Gilles has had over 300 of his songs recorded and was signed as a writer to ole in December of 2006 and in that time has landed new cuts on albums by Willie Mack, Crossin’ Dixon, Anne Murray, Cowboy Crush, Amy Dalley, Brad Johner, Adam Gregory and many more. Gilles’ recent co-writes include co-writes with Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), Willie Mack, Tim Nichols, Nicole Witt, Bruce Wallace, Gordie Sampson, Rick Giles and Noah Gordon to name but a few.

For Gilles this move isn’t a move away from songwriting but an evolution of his career that’s been two decades in the making. “In an Industry where the landscape seems to be changing on a daily basis, one thing has always remained the same, the need for great songs! I look forward to represent our writers, their great songs, and the incredible catalogues ole has acquired. This company has an amazing infrastructure in place and it’s good to be part of their winning team!”

In 1999 Gilles had his first major US country Single “When Mama Ain’t Happy” for Tracy Byrd and in 2000 he followed that up with “That’s the Kind of Mood I’m In” which was a hit for Patty Loveless and in February of 2004 he scored again with Terri Clark’s #1 International hit “I Wanna Do It All.”

During a visit to Nashville in 1979 Gilles decided to write and record some songs and then released them on his own label Bookshop Records. From there Gilles went on to a major music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing for twelve years, two years with Quantum Music Group and was then signed to Curb Music Publishing for nine years.

In addition to his role as Chief Creative Officer with ole, Gilles will continue as an active signed writer with the company.

ole Nashville is located at 1227, 16th Ave. South, Nashville TN 37212, 615-327-2605,


about ole

ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio, TV producer and finance executive), Comprised of a team of 25 experience music publishing professionals, ole is focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.

The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music, with major acquisitions including the Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse and Frank Myers music publishing catalogues. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbot and WGBH's Arthur.

Recent cuts include “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, “Once In A While” by Akon, “Shoes” by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim’s “Daddy Thing”, Ronnie Milsap’s “My Life”, and Trace Adkins' “High”.

ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada and PorchLight Entertainment.

ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, - and Bo Diddley. ole also serves as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prominent Bucks Music Group, home of the James Blunt smash “You’re Beautiful” and Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar." and for TV, animation giant DiC Entertainment.

Staff songwriters include Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Scarlett and Dr. Alex Tsisserev.

ole co-ventures -include - Last Gang Publishing (Kinnie Starr, Mother Mother); Roots Three Music (Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr); ib Entertainment (Dru, Alonzo and Haydain Neale); and, Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile.

ole also signed administration deals with Sound Of Pop, a -music publishing company, label, and management firm; Treasure Music Island Inc., whose catalogue features The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.

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.

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