ole Signs Juno-Award Winner Rupert Gayle

TORONTO: With the announcement of his direct signing to ole, Juno-Award winner Rupert Gayle is enjoying a homecoming of sorts.

Prior to this new multi-year worldwide publishing deal with ole, the Toronto-based Gayle -- author of four No. 1 hits in Canada -- was signed to BMG Music Publishing Canada by someone very familiar.

"I know (ole Chairman and CEO) Robert Ott very well: He was the one who initially signed me to BMG Music Publishing Canada before he left to launch ole," explains Gayle.

"He's always been there for me in a lot of ways - and I also know (Creative Manager) Jennifer Hyland. We worked closely together when she was at SONY BMG Music Canada for a quite a long time. So it feels like family."

Robert Ott, ole Chairman and CEO, welcomed Gayle to the roster.

"Rupert’s great personality and professionalism are exceeded only by his songwriting talent," says Ott.

"Everyone at ole is very excited about the success that we will achieve with Rupert and we’re very happy that he’s aboard."

An urban pop pioneer who brings 25 years of experience to ole's writing team, Gayle will continue to build upon both his domestic and international writing successes.

Aside from receiving numerous SOCAN #1 Awards for the chart-toppers "Bad Boy" and "Does He Love Me" by Keshia Chanté, "Run" by Rex Goudie and "Talk To Me" by George, Gayle has been a staple contributor to the debut album released by almost every Canadian Idol winner since the program premiered five years ago.

Gayle's Idol gold and platinum contributions include winners Ryan Malcolm ("Something More,"), Kalan Porter ("Awake In A Dream"), Melissa O'Neil and Brian Melo, as well as material by finalists Audrey DeMontigny and Rex Goudie.

Gayle also contributed tracks to the albums by the two winners of Canada Popstars: Sugar Jones and Velvet Empire.

Keshia Chanté, George and Shawn Desman have also benefited from Gayle's strong melody and lyrical gifts, as have U.K. recording artist Jamelia and Mercury France's Lenou Mouskouri (daughter of pop legend Nana Mouskouri).

But Rupert Gayle's historical importance extends far beyond his songwriting and production duties: with business partner Ivan Berry, Gayle co-founded Beat Factory Productions in 1983. a management, label and license company that raised the Canadian urban music scene to unprecedented visibility and provided some of the first opportunities for such stars as Dream Warriors, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Choclair, Michie Mee and L.A. Luv and Glenn Lewis to be heard nationally.

Gayle was also instrumental, along with Berry, in getting Dream Warriors signed to Island Records in England and setting up the worldwide success of their hit "Wash Your Face (In My Sink)."

As an artist, Gayle recorded the album The Time Is Right (I'll Be There For You), winning the 1994 Juno Award for R&B Recording of the Year.
These days, Rupert Gayle is concentrating on his songwriting, with upcoming releases including projects by Universal Music recording sensation Shiloh; ex In Essence singer Dru; Romanian superstar Andreea Balan and Barbadian singer Philip 7.

Gayle says he's looking forward to enjoying the assistance of team ole in realizing his further ambitions.

"For me, with this new ole relationship, I'm looking for a strong team of support for my work, " says Gayle. "I'd love to get some No. 1s in the U.S."

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 prominent catalog purchases of Balmur, Jody Williams Music, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, 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 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’s 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, 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, 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, "No Man No Cry" by Kelly Rowland, “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”.

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.