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ole’s BMI and SESAC Awards Signal Strong Country Success

2010-11-18

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Nov. 18, 2010) – ole, one of the world’s largest independent music publishers  was honored with three SESAC Country Music Awards and a BMI Country Music Award at presentations made during CMA Week in Nashville (November 8-11). The company’s presence during this week of gala celebrations extended to the opening numbers of the ABC-televised 44th annual […]

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2010) - ole, one of the world's largest independent music publishers  was honored with three SESAC Country Music Awards and a BMI Country Music Award at presentations made during CMA Week in Nashville (November 8-11). The company's presence during this week of gala celebrations extended to the opening numbers of the ABC-televised 44th annual CMA Awards on November 11: Carrie Underwood's "Songs Like This" (Marty Dodson) and Rascal Flatt's current Billboard Top 10-and-climbing hit, "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary). This comes at a time when ole has 5 singles currently charting on Billboard in the U.S., including "Why Wait" at number 8 and Billy Currington's Top 30 hit "Let Me Down Easy," and over 25 cuts on recently-released albums. In Canada, ole is on the charts with 8 Country singles and has more than 20 album cuts.

 At the 58th annual BMI Country Music Awards, held on November 9 at the company's Music Row offices, olepicked up an award for "White Horse," co-written by ole legacy writer Liz Rose and the song's performer, Taylor Swift. Last year, the song earned ole its first Grammy Award for Best Country Song and recognition from SESAC as the #1 Most Performed Song.

 The SESAC Awards, held November 8 at the PRO's Music Row offices, saw ole's Monty Powell take the honors for three Keith Urban songs: "'Til Summer Comes Around," "Sweet Thing" and "Kiss A Girl." Powell, who took home Songwriter and Song of the Year honors at the SESAC Awards in 2009, was also paid tribute to recently with the CMA's prestigious Triple Play Award for this same trio of hits co-written and recorded by Keith Urban. Powell currently has two co-writes - "Stars Tonight" and "If I Knew Then" - on Lady Antebellum's triple-platinum CD, Need You Now.

 

ole was named Music Publisher of the Year for the 4th consecutive time this year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. The company began operations in Nashville, on 16th Avenue five years ago and, since that time, has worked to be a supporter of the Nashville music community, investing in great writers and great catalogs with the goal of adding value to both legacy and current songs. ole, which has completed more than $100 million (USD) in acquisitions over its history, has purchased solid, infrastructural catalogs, such as Jody Williams Music and Blacktop Music Group. Throughout, the company has committed to developing up-and-coming songwriters as well as working with A-listers like Monty Powell, Marty Dodson, Chris Wallin and Rick Giles, all of whom have a lengthy list of chart and sales accomplishments.

ole Nashville's six-person staff includes ole's Chief Creative Officer Gilles Godard, a prolific, BMI Million-Air Award-winning writer in his own right; Senior Creative Director, Arthur Buenahora; Senior Catalog Manager, Mike Sebastian; Catalog Manager, Matt Turner; Director of Administration, Kele Currier and Executive Assistant to Gilles Godard/Creative Assistant, Whitney Taylor.

ole's on-going commitment to the Nashville songwriting community is also demonstrated in initiatives like the ole "majorly indie show," which kicks off the annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and benefits the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Into its sixth year is ole's sponsor partnership with ASCAP of the annual Key West Songwriters Festival, which provides another welcome opportunity for the company to support Nashville songwriters in general while enabling ole songwriters to be part of A-list collaborations in a conducive, creative environment. ole is also involved in the Nashville Songwriter's Conference every year, which brings world-class music supervisors from the Hollywood community to Music Row and affords the Nashville community and ole writers access to feature films and other west coast productions.

ole's Nashville-based roster of writers currently has 10 songs on release in the U.S. including  charted singles by Rascal Flatts "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary) #8, lead single from the group's album Nothing Like This just released on Nov. 16; Billy Currington "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson) #29; Frankie Ballard "Tell Me You Get Lonely" (Marty Dodson) #36, his debut single; James Otto "Soldiers and Jesus" (Chris Wallin) #47; Randy Houser "A Man Like Me" (Danny Green) #54; Joey + Rory "That's Important To Me" (Rory Lee Feek) #67; The Judds "I Will Stand By You" (Steven Lee Olsen) #99; Katie Armiger "Best Song Ever" (Bruce Wallace) #108; Chelsea Field "Things I Should've Said" (Kelly Archer) #120; and the new November release from Heidi Newfield "Stay Up Late" (Jimmy Yeary).

ole is no less active in Canada where the company is charting eight singles including Doc Walker "From Here" (Murray Pulver, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw) #7; Rascal Flatts "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary) #10; Dean Brody "Roll Out the Barrel" (Dean Brody) #20; Chad Brownlee "Hood of My Car" (Kelly Archer) #27; Billy Currington "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson) #49; Emerson Drive "When I See You Again" (Tebey) #55; The Higgins "Burn You Back" (Bruce Wallace - R3) #59; and Frankie Ballard "Tell Me You Get Lonely" (Marty Dodson) #63.

Other significant songs from ole-affiliated writers include "Liars Lie" (Liz Rose), performed by Lee Ann Womack and featured in the Gwyneth Paltrow/Tim McGraw film, Country Strong, due in theatres on December 22, and on the recently-released soundtrack.  "Best Song Ever," noted above, is one of three cuts written by ole/Roots Three writer Bruce Wallace, including "Strong Enough" and "Ain't Gonna Happen," on Katie Armiger's sophomore album, Confessions of a Nice Girl.

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