ole signs J.C. Smith to a worldwide co-publishing deal
TORONTO: Expanding a relationship that began two years ago when he was a principal of Sound Of Pop, ole has signed songwriter J.C. Smith to a multi-year, worldwide co-publishing deal.
Under the terms of the agreement Smith, who -- in his previous ole/Sound Of Pop administration deal, has had his songs placed on such popular TV programs as The Hills, Dawson's Creek, DeGrassi: The Next Generation, Joan of Arcadia and Party Of Five due to aggressive pitching from the ole Creative team -- will bring over 50 active titles to the ole publishing catalogue.
He will also write new material and produce some songwriting demos for ole.
As a result of the new arrangement, Smith will be winding down his involvement with Sound Of Pop, the label, publishing and management firm he co-founded and ran for the past six years.
"This new deal marks a shift in focus towards my own songwriting," says Smith. "It's an amazing opportunity allowing me to capitalize on what I do best.”
ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott welcomed J.C. Smith to the fold.
"J.C. is proof that you can be a great creative songwriter, have a killer work ethic and be surpassingly easy to work with," said Ott.
"He's a great addition to our songwriting team and we look forward to building on the success we've already had together over the coming years."
Smith's first introduction into the music business occurred over a decade ago when he wrote and recorded with EMI Canada artists Bam Boo. He left the project and lived in California for a decade before returning to further pursue his music career, striking a partnership with independent record entrepreneur Graham Stairs and Popguru as a collaborator and producer.
Founding Sound Of Pop six years ago, he helped develop such promising recording talents as singer Cadence Grace, alt. music duo The London Apartments and Canadian Idol finalist Brandon Jones with both writing and production.
Smith is currently working with fellow ole songwriter Rebecca Everett, serving as co-writer and producer of Everett's first EP.
Smith is also looking forward to future creative opportunities with the Toronto-headquartered independent music publisher.
"I've really enjoyed my association with ole over the past two years, and this arrangement takes everything to a whole new level," says Smith. "I intend to become one of ole's most successful songwriters. I'm going to take this opportunity and hit it out of the park."
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 independent 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 a number of acquisitions over the past three years, including prominent catalog purchases of Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. 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 and 3D animated series Rollbots, and the music to sci-fi cult series, Lexx.
ole is an expert in administrating television music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, Lenz Entertainment, The National Film Board of Canada, PorchLight Entertainment, Studio B Productions, Frantic Films, Ellis Entertainment, Peace Arch Entertainment Group, Arcadia Entertainment, Shaftesbury Films, Devine Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, and Sound Venture Productions. ole has also licensed the vast library of Nelvana songs for use in an independent production music library set to begin operation in 2008.
ole serves as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prominent Bucks Music Group – home of the James Blunt smash “You’re Beautiful” and Beyonce & Shakira’s “Beautiful Liar.” ole also sub-publishes for TV animation giant DiC entertainment.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark Feist, JC Smith, Derek Brin, Tebey, John Wesley Chisholm, 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 Starr, Mother Mother, MSTRKRFT, 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, and Haydain Neale 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.
Recent ole cuts include “I’m Already There” by Westlife, “Once In A While” by Akon, “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, and Shane Yellowbird’s “I Remember The Music.” Other notable copyrights include Billboard #1 single, “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson, “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim, “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, “Shoes” by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, Trace Adkins’ “High”, “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, and Gretchen Wilson’s “He Ain’t Even Cold Yet”.
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