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ole Inks Co-Pub and Worldwide Admin Deal With Country Star/Songwriter/Actor, George Canyon

(May 25, 2012)

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 05/25/12 --

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ole has concluded a futures Co-Pub and worldwide legacy catalogue administration deal with award-winning Canadian country artist/songwriter/actor, George Canyon. Notable copyrights in this deal include "Pretty Drunk Out Tonight," "Just Like You," "Let It Out," "Betty's Buns," "In Your Arms Again" and the recently-released single, "Saddle Up," among others.

George Canyon is a multi-award winning Canadian country music artist and songwriter. Since the mid-'90s, Canyon has released 9 albums and in 2004, the year he was named the Canadian Country Music Awards' (CCMA) Rising Star, he was runner-up on CMT's Nashville Star 2 competition which was viewed throughout North America. He has received over 10 CCMA awards, including Single of the Year (2004, "My Name"), SOCAN Song of the Year (2004, "My Name"), Male Artist of the Year (2005, 2006) and, in 2011, was named CCMA Producer of the Year for his album Better Be Home Soon, an accolade he shared with acclaimed producer/performer/songwriter Richard Marx, who co-produced and collaborated with Canyon on four of the album tracks.

A prolific songwriter, Canyon's songs have been covered by numerous other artists including Nashville's Collin Raye, who recorded "Quitters." The song "Where Did I Go Right," co-written by Canyon, Tim McGraw and The Warren Brothers (Brad and Brett), who performed the song, was featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 film Flicka, which featured McGraw in a starring role.

"We are proud that George has chosen ole as his music publisher, and are looking forward to working closely with Team Canyon on his future music and film projects," says ole President Michael McCarty. "This signing further underscores our commitment to publishing the greatest stars in Canadian country music."

Adds George Canyon: "Working with one of the world's largest and best independent music publishers was an extremely important decision for my career. I am really looking forward to this creative and exciting new partnership with ole."

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Canyon has been making strong inroads into film/TV acting as he will be starring in several upcoming productions including A Mile in His Shoes, Dawn Rider and Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Miracle, among others. He is currently working on his next studio album, slated for a fall release.

About ole:

ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 40 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration. ole has recently entered the Production Music space with operations in the U.S. (MusicBox) and Canada (clear).

ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past five years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse." Other recent notable ole awards include: SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler); 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award "Busytown Mysteries" (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $115MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, CCI and recently, "The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That."

ole is committed to the creative development of its 60+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

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, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole's online client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include Taylor Swift singles "Fearless," "White Horse," "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn," "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears; Pink's "You and Your Hand; "It's Gonna Be Me" from 'N Sync'; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That."

ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox and clear libraries. With 9 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform. Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.

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Kathryn Gatto
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