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TORONTO, October 21, 2009: Once again, ole hosted its pop+urban songcamp this September in Hollywood, bringing together hit Canadian and U.S. songwriters. This third consecutive ole songcamp follows past events held in Hollywood and Toronto and was co-presented by Foxx King Entertainment and the Musicians Institute with sponsorship support from: The Canada Music Fund, SOCAN, BMI, ASCAP, Major Bob Music, […]
TORONTO, October 21, 2009: Once again, ole hosted its pop+urban songcamp this September in Hollywood, bringing together hit Canadian and U.S. songwriters. This third consecutive ole songcamp follows past events held in Hollywood and Toronto and was co-presented by Foxx King Entertainment and the Musicians Institute with sponsorship support from: The Canada Music Fund, SOCAN, BMI, ASCAP, Major Bob Music, Puma, SESAC and NUVO.
The weeklong event (Sept 21st to 28th) brought together select hit songwriters from across the continent with the goal of creating new material for major label recording artists while expanding the writers' creative networks and publisher partnerships. Each day of the camp was a unique and intensely creative experience, starting with an A&R presentation in the morning, a writing session in the afternoon and demo session in the evening. The 30 participating songwriters were partnered off into small groups at the onset of each day featuring both top-line writers and track producers; the majority of whom had never worked together or even met before. The spontaneity and intensity of the camp challenged the writers to grow beyond their existing capacities to create some 40 new copyrights specifically written for major label artists currently in need of songs for forthcoming releases.
Among the key songwriter participants at this year's songcamp were ole's: Alex Greggs, Alonzo, Dave Kopatz, Dru, JC Smith, Justin Forsley, Steven Lee Olsen and Tebey; Foxx King's: Darhio Wonder, Taleen and duo The Write Chix (Bobbie Griffin & Jazzy Bailey); Major Bob Music's Shane Stevens; along with Aimee Proal, Beau Dozier, Bluetooth, Deanna DellaCioppa, Hunnid, Jenny Karr, Kevin Barnes, Lauren Evans, trio N.U.M. (Fred Anthony aka "Tony V", Milana Leybovich, Thomas "Tommy" Beringer), Rosemarie Tan (BWB), Stacy Barthe, Steph Jones, Sydney Nycole, Tiffany Fred and Wow Jones.
Industry executives were on hand to meet the writers and offer insight on the kinds of music they and their respective artists were looking for. These included label execs Max Gousse (Island/Def Jam Music Group), Gary Bowen (Emblem Music), Steven Melrose (EMI Music), Daniel Werner (Mercury Records), Raj Jadeja (Atlantic Records) and Aaron Bay-Schuck (Atlantic Records), as well as music supervisor Rebecca Rienks from Creative Control.
"The beauty of the songcamp is that it brings together writers from various genres, writing teams, locales and musical backgrounds," says ole's Qiana Conley, Creative Director West Coast and organizer of the event. "This year's songcamp built on the foundation of our previous years' achievements; corralling the best of today and tomorrow's pop and urban songwriters and producers."
On partnering up with ole for this year's camp, LaRonda Sutton, Senior Vice President, Music Development and Production for Foxx King Entertainment commented, "When approached by ole to co-sponsor this year's songcamp, we felt this strategic partnership helped further our purpose of creating amazing content for the masses. Music is the common thread for our film, television, and radio departments. There's no better way to strengthen our foundation than promoting the creation of great copyrights. It was an awesome experience."
ole and tanjola writer Alex Greggs (South Rakkas Crew) comments, "Finally! A publisher that knows how to do songcamp right! Everyone that attended was top-notch and all had past cuts on the charts. In one week I got five amazing songs done and I already have bites on three of them from [top artists]. I did not want the week to end; everyday was a fresh start and inspiring." Foxx King writer Jazmine "Jazzy" Bailey (The Write Chix), describes her experience, "I built some amazing working relationships, and got a chance to work with writers I wouldn't have ever worked with any other way."
"It was such an honour to be a part of the songcamp. I feel so incredibly blessed to have worked with such a gifted group of people. It turned out to be one of the most challenging, exciting, and inspiring experiences I've had thus far in my writing career," recounts Nashville-based, Major Bob writer Shane Stevens.
Just as important for ole was the opportunity to support music's future through the inclusion of students from the Musicians Institute.
"The songcamp provided invaluable real-world experience to our audio engineering and performance students," said Monica Mancillas, Director of Audio Engineering for the Musicians Institute. "This year's camp, like last year's, was infused with a creative energy that fits well with MI's unique musical spirit."
Conley concludes, "we completed our 3rd annual pop+urban songcamp with over 40 newly shared copyrights with equally established writers and publishers, expanded branding for the event and the company at large in the pop and urban community, strengthened relationships in the highly competitive A&R and film & TV music sectors and have already secured interest from participating A&Rs with songcamp produced songs for such artists as Rihanna, Robyn Troup, Kylie Minogue, Toni Braxton, Michelle Williams, with many more to come."
A select group of songs from the camp can be streamed at the musicnow link below:
ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles. ole's team of some 30 experienced industry professionals are focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration.
The ole catalog includes over forty thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres.
Notable ole awards include Canadian Country Music Association Publisher of the Year honours for 2007, 2008 and 2009; 2008 ASCAP "Most Performed Song" Award for Josh Turner's, "Me and God"; SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for "Franklin" and Domestic Animated Television Series Music Award for "6Teen; and SESAC Awards in 2008 for Recurrent Country Performance Activity Award for "Teardrops on My Guitar" and Country Performance Activity Award for "Picture to Burn", both co-written by ole's Liz Rose and performed by Taylor Swift.
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 publishers, songwriters and film & television producers. ole's owned and controlled catalogue in children's television is one of the world's largest.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, JC Smith, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, Willie Mack, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriters David Kopatz.
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists: Mother Mother, O'Luge, 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, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr. ole's urban co-venture with tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought songwriters: Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale, Alex Greggs, Justin Forsely and Shiloh to the roster.
Notable copyrights for ole include the Taylor Swift singles "White Horse", "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, "Cause A Scene" by Teairra Mari featuring Flo Rida, "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles, Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" (2005Billboard Country Song of the Year), "Shoes" by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul's "Change the Game", 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, "After Tonight" by Justin Nozuka, "Once In A While" by Akon, Kristy Lee Cook's "15 Minutes Of Shame", "Another Pot O' Tea" by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, "You Got Me Runnin" performed by Doman + Gooding and written by Dru and Rupert Gayle, "Streetlights" performed by Kevin Borg and written by Steven Lee Olsen, "Lies" performed by Martin McBride and written by Gerald O'Brien, as well as the single "I Remember" by Shiloh, co-written with Rebecca Everett and Justin Forsley.
About Foxx King Entertainment
In 2006, a diverse trio of talented individuals united to form Foxx King Entertainment, a multi-media production and management company encompassing a broad spectrum of show business entities. The three distinguished co-founders of the company, Academy Award® winning actor/singer Jamie Foxx ("Ray"), producers/managers Marcus King and Jaime Rucker King, created the enterprise with a mandate to cultivate superior performing artists and dynamic avenues for exceptional entertainment. From producing feature films, scripted and reality television to touring and live performances, music and radio projects, Foxx King ventures into all aspects in the entertainment world. Foxx King created a successful reality series, "From G's to Gents," for VH1 and has a development deal with MTV/VH1 and The N Network. The radio division produces "The Foxx Hole," a Sirius/XM Satellite Radio channel and provides 24-hours of content for five individual programs which air on the channel. The feature film division developed Life Support for HBO starring Oscar Nominee and platinum-selling recording artist Queen Latifah, which won her a Golden Globe for best actress and the movie won an Image Award for outstanding TV Movie. In 2008, the company also produced "Laffapalooza!," a televised special that aired as a part of TBS' The Comedy Festival. Foxx King Entertainment produced the major, multi-city tour to support Jamie Foxx's multiplatinum CD, Intuition. In addition, FKE has a full service music division that includes music publishing, music supervision, and artist development. In addition to the co-founders, Foxx Kings employs dynamic team of proven entertainment professionals that includes LaRonda Sutton, Senior Vice President, Music Development and Nikita Adams, Director of Development. Foxx King Entertainment is based in Hollywood, California.
About Musicians Institute
Since opening its doors in 1977, Musicians Institute has primed over 20,000 musicians, producers, engineers, vocalists and industry professionals for successful careers in every genre of contemporary music. Located just blocks from the Capitol Records tower, MI has a history of innovation dating back to its origins as the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), which broke new ground as a performance-based contemporary music school taught by working professionals. Within a few years, GIT was joined by bass and drum programs to form Musicians Institute, and the evolution has continued to this day with Bachelor and Associate degrees and certificate programs for career-minded guitarists, bassists, drummers, vocalists, keyboard players, recording engineers, independent artists, guitar makers, music business professionals and filmmakers.
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