[Updated]: ole Acquires Parallel Catalog, Adds Tim Hunze As Sr. Director, Creative

Tim Hunze

[Updated, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9:05 a.m.]

The six Parallel writers added to ole’s roster from the acquisition are reported to be Alex Hall, Lance Carpenter, Blake Chaffin, Joey Hendricks, Michael Lotten and Michael White.

Parallel’s Dir. of Admin, Mary Kate O’Boyle, has also joined ole as Client Services Manager, Catalogue. Parallel’s recently promoted Senior Creative Director, Travis Myatt, was not reported to have a place in the acquisition.

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ole has concluded an exclusive worldwide deal with Parallel Music Publishing, acquiring 100 percent of Parallel’s catalog of more than 6,500 songs, including No. 1 hits The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Justin Moore’s “Till My Last Day,” and Michael Ray’s “Kiss You In the Morning,” as well as Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” which went to No. 2 at country radio. Parallel songwriters are responsible for five No. 1 hits.

As part of the deal, ole also adds six active songwriters to its roster, as well as adding Parallel Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Tim Hunze as Senior Director of Creative at ole. Working out of its Nashville office, Hunze will be responsible for working with ole’s roster of songwriters and artists. A pipeline of singles are expected to hit the charts in 2019.

“This acquisition checks so many boxes for us. Parallel has a great roster of writers and artists; the staff is incredibly well-respected and knowledgeable, and the momentum built by Hunze and his team continues to grow. We’re proud to have them as part of the ole family now,” commented ole’s Vice President of Creative, John Ozier.

“I am so fired up to join John and his team. I think joining forces will create some amazing momentum for all our writers and artists. Watch out Music Row, ole is coming in hot,” added Hunze.

Founded in 1992 as a personal management company to launch the celebrated Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Parallel quickly became one of the most successful talent management, music publishing and production companies in the entertainment business.

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