ole Signs Hit Songwriter Monty Powell

Monty Powell

ole music publishing has signed a catalog purchase and worldwide co-publishing deal with songwriter/producer Monty Powell. Powell has been responsible for hit songs that have helped drive the sales of more than 50 million albums in total by artists like Restless Heart (“Dancy’s Dream”), Diamond Rio (“Norma Jean Riley,” “Nowhere Bound”), Billy Ray Cyrus (“Could Have Been Me”), Brooks & Dunn (“I Am That Man”), Tim McGraw (“One of These Days”), Chris Cagle (“What A Beautiful Day,” “Miss Me Baby”) and Keith Urban (“Days Go By,” “Tonight I Wanna Cry”). He has collaborated with artists including  Urban, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.

“I’m excited about ole as a company,” says Powell. “I think they’ve positioned themselves exactly the way that a company needs to be: playing the type of ball that the majors play, playing at the level they play, but playing with an independent mindset. It’s just a completely different model and I’m all about new models. The executive team at ole is very sharp. They all have deep publishing backgrounds, not just finance or widget-selling, so they understand the push and pull of what it really takes to monetize a copyright and what that means over the life of a copyright.”

Comments ole’s Chairman & CEO, Robert Ott: “ole is very pleased to welcome Monty Powell to our team. Monty’s ability to write hit songs is widely known, but he is also an innovative thinker and entrepreneur of the first order. I know that he will add immensely to ole’s already aggressive and innovative creative culture.”

As a songwriter, Powell swept the SESAC Awards in 2009, winning Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year. In 2006, he picked up a Song of the Year CMA nomination for Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry.” As a producer, he earned a CMA Album of the Year award for his work on Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles in 1994. He also co-produced Diamond Rio’s first three top selling albums, as well as Urban’s band, The Ranch for Capitol Records.

Powell has also become noted for spending time on the road writing with a number of artists with whom he has developed close ties.

“Several years ago, I carved this niche out for myself in the songwriting community,” explains Powell. “I went directly to the artists and suggested that I go out on the road with them, integrate and become a part of their team. I told them that I would work with their schedule. A lot of people really perked up at that notion and gave me the opportunity to come out and gave me a bunk on the bus and I became one of the team. That’s what I do.”

ole Chief Creative Officer, Gilles Godard, adds; “Monty is truly on top of his game, he has mastered his craft, consistently writing hit songs with a diverse group of artists. ole will support that diversity by arranging cross-genre, cross-media and international collaborations to Monty’s schedule. We’ll also work the catalog and develop new uses for it and help to develop Monty’s brand.”


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