The Canadian-based IP rights firm ole is beefing up its fast-growing ole label group with the additions of Jennifer Essiembre as director of the division, Ivan Berry as A&R consultant, and Sylvia Lindae joining the team as a marketing consultant.
Essiembre began working for ole in 2011 and progressed through several positions to Senior Manager, Creative, joining ole’s Los Angeles offices in 2014.
Ivan will bolster the label group’s efforts in securing management and agency for its developing artists, in addition to providing general A&R intelligence on an ongoing basis. His management role for ole artist Deanna continues.
Lindae will be responsible for developing and executing full marketing plans for ole’s artists and other label projects. Before joining the label group, she was Senior Director of Sales & Marketing/Commercial Affairs with Universal Music.
Scheduled releases in 2018 include new music from George Canyon, Maddison Krebs, Deanna, and Kalsey Kulyk on ole’s artist development label, red dot.
In Nashville, red dot continues upstreaming artists to major label deals: Jordan Davis and Travis Denning have been signed to Universal Music Group, and Adam Hambrick has signed to Disney Records. Also attracting attention from major labels are Josh Dorr, Jacob Powell and Austin Jenckes.
2018 will also see deluxe reissues and unreleased material from Rush, Stompin' Tom Connors, Lighthouse and Bob & Doug McKenzie on Anthem and Anthem Legacy, ole’s rock and catalogue labels.