• Bri Goebel

John Ozier, Show Up - Work Hard - Tell The Truth | Episode 05


On episode 05 of the The Golden Rules, John Ozier, Vice President of Ole Music Publishing, by the studio and we talk about the Music Business


– How he got into the music business

- How he balances writing #1 hit songs & being a publishing executive

- His golden rules for success in life and business

- Ten #1 songs in 2018


#QOTD You're only as good as your reputation

#QOTD Everyday we start back at zero

#Knowledge - Walk toward the barking dog


- Be a no secretes leader

- Be present in everything

- Tell the truth and respect others

- Do it for the right reasons

- Take more responsibility gracefully


For those not in the music industry, a music publisher is someone who signs songwriters, gets their songs placed on albums, sets up co-writes, and helps guide songwriters into the most successful opportunities.


John Ozier

John Ozier is young, straightforward and honest. He has built his successful 14 year career from the ground up by staying true to his passions, trusting his gut, and good old fashion hard work.




He has served as Executive Director of Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and won the Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 to name a few. John has been responsible for over 20 #1 hit songs as an A&R executive, a publisher, and as a songwriter. In 2016-2017, Ozier led the Creative team to over 100+ singles internationally, including #1s by Randy Houser, Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, Jason Aldean, Dan + Shay, Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Young and more.


John has not rested on his laurels and has the track record to prove it. Over his career he has placed songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line,Rodney Atkins, Clay Walker, Love & Theft, Ronnie Dunn, Jo Dee Messina, and many more. In 2010, Ozier was responsible for four songs in the Top 15 on the Billboard country charts, including the longest-ever running single, Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy,” at 56 weeks. More recently, he was responsible for No. 1s by Rodney Atkins (“Take A Back Road”) and Lee Brice (“A Woman Like You” and “I Drive Your Truck”).


He is also a published songwriter with cuts by Lee Brice, Kelli Pickler, Charlie Worsham, Kid Rock, Josh Thompson, Tyler Farr, American Young, Air Supply and others. He co-wrote Lee Brice’s multi-week No. 1 and platinum single, “Hard to Love," which won a BMI Award in 2013, as well as an NSAI Award for 'Top 10 Songs I Wish I'd Written.' Ozier also co-wrote Tyler Farr's 34-week #1 and Gold Single, "Whiskey In My Water."


John believes in the Golden Rule, treat people the way you want to be treated. He also prides himself on work ethic, leadership, and truth. It's the combination of those values mixed with an great ear for songs, and the talent to craft one, that makes him not only unique in the industry but one of the best publishing executives in the business.




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Questions: How to write a hit song?

How do you get a publishing deal?

What do you look for in a song writer?

What keeps you motivated?

How did you build a business?

How did you get into the music business?


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Tim is a two time TOP 5 Nashville Emerging Leader Award winner, 40 Under 40 nominee, holds Board Of Director positions for four Nashville based non-profit organizations [SOLID (Society Of Leaders In Development), Musicpreneur Storehouse, Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) for MTSU College of Media and Entertainment, and Music Makes Us ] and is an member of Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP), The Troubadour Society, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, The Recording Academy and the Country Music Association. To name a few, Gray currently works alongside organizations and events such as Virgin, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Hangout Music Festival, Rolls Royce, Pilgrimage Music Festival, Anheuser Busch, Cessna, Panorama NYC Music Festival, Maui Jim, Sony Music Nashville, Tito's Vodka, Minor League Baseball, Warner Chappell Music Production, and all of Sixthman's Music Festival Cruises.