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ole signs chart-topping country songwriter Tony MartinFeb 24 2016

From left: Leslie Roberts (BMI, Director), Ben Strain (ole, Creative Director), Emily Mueller (ole, Creative Manager), Jody Williams (BMI, VP), songwriter Tony Martin, Mike Whelan (ole, Sr. Creative Director), Shellien Kinsey (ole, Creative Coordinator), and John Ozier, (ole, GM Creative).

From left: Leslie Roberts (BMI, Director), Ben Strain (ole, Creative Director), Emily Mueller (ole, Creative Manager), Jody Williams (BMI, VP), songwriter Tony Martin, Mike Whelan (ole, Sr. Creative Director), Shellien Kinsey (ole, Creative Coordinator), and John Ozier, (ole, GM Creative).

ole, the world’s fastest growing independent rights management company and a CMPA member, has inked a deal with Tony Martin, one of the most successful writers in Nashville. His songs include 15 #1 hits – such as “Time Is Love” by Josh Turner, the Most Played Song of 2012, and “Banjo” by Rascal Flatts – as well as eight Top 5 and five Top 10 tracks.

“Tony is one of the most distinguished songwriters working in Nashville today, and with ole’s extensive industry connections and licensing know-how behind him, he’s poised to reach even greater levels of success,” said John Ozier, General Manager of Nashville Creative at ole. “We can’t wait to get him into the studio with our amazing roster of songwriters and hear what incredible songs they come up with.”

“I’ve been itching to find a publishing company with the reach of a major and the spirit of an indie, so when ole came calling, I knew it was the place for me,” said Martin. “I’m excited to have the freedom to focus on the creative while ole handles the rest.”

Under the deal, ole has purchased Martin’s catalog and future co-publishing rights.

After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1986, Martin set off for Chicago to work as a reporter at local newspaper The Daily Journal.

He quickly caught the songwriting bug after George Strait recorded his song “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye” in 1988, prompting him to move to Nashville.

Since then, he has experience tremendous success, with songs placed on major albums from country superstars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and many more.