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Back, from left: Gilles Godard (ole, VP Corporate Affairs and Development), Ben Strain (ole, Creative Director), Mike Whelan (ole, Sr. Director, Creative), and Shellien Kinsey (ole, Creative Coordinator). Front, from left: John Ozier (ole, GM Creative) and songwriter/producer Phil O'Donnell
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 2, 2015) - ole, the world's fastest growing independent rights management company, has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with songwriter Phil O'Donnell covering current and future copyrights. O'Donnell has written three #1 country singles for Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Montgomery Gentry and also produced Craig Morgan's six-week #1 country hit, "That's What I Love About Sunday," which was the most played country song of 2005.
"ole is committed to expanding our catalog with the best songs and songwriters, and Phil is a certified hit-maker who knows what it takes to reach the top of the charts," said John Ozier, GM of Nashville Creative at ole. "Having already written with and had songs recorded by a who's who of country superstars, Phil will fit right in with ole's world-class roster of songwriters and artists. We are looking forward to promoting his music globally."
"ole has their finger on the pulse of the country music scene, and I'm excited to get to work with them and their stable of songwriters," said O'Donnell. "There are some extremely talented musicians in the ole family, and I'm looking forward to sitting down with them and seeing what we can create."
A native of Canada, O'Donnell made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 before developing his songwriting skills and relocating officially in 1994. He has written three #1 country singles – Blake Shelton's "Doin' What She Likes," George Strait's "Give It All We Got Tonight," and Montgomery Gentry's "Back When I Knew It All" – as well as Parmalee's current single, "Already Callin' You Mine," and Easton Corbin's new single, "Yup." Other cuts include "Love Remembers," "I Got You" and "More Trucks Than Cars" by Craig Morgan; "Tougher Than Nails" by Joe Diffie; "Fore She Was Mama" and "She Won't Be Lonely Long" by Clay Walker; "Sounds Like Life to Me" by Darryl Worley; and "He's Mine" by Rodney Atkins. He has also had songs cut by Darius Rucker, Craig Campbell, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Jawga Boyz, Trace Adkins, Chris Janson, Matt Stillwell, Matt Mason, Mark Chesnut, Gord Bamford, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Jason Blaine, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, James Wesley, Ash Bowers, Joey & Rory, High Valley, Marty Raybon, Gabe Garcia, Guy Pinrod, Lila McCann, Kevin Denney, Trent Willmon, Andy Griggs, Neal M'Coy, Tracy Lawerence, Sammy Kershaw, Cole Deggs And The Lonesome, Chalee Tennison, John Conley, Ed Bruce, and Jill King.
O'Donnell also has a successful career as a record producer that includes production credits on releases by Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, Matt Mason, Justin McBride, Chris Janson, Mark Wills, Tara Oram, Jason Blaine, High Valley, Steve Richard, and the Davisson Bros. Band.
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