John Ozier – Music Publishing Executive and AIMP National Chair
John Ozier is a music publishing executive who has achieved great success over his 14 year career by remaining true to his interests and following his instincts.
He is now the Executive Vice President Creative for music publisher Reservoir, overseeing their Nashville operations including signing and developing new talent. Prior to that he spent six years with independent Canadian publisher ole (now Anthem Entertainment) where his impressive list of clients included Jeff Trott, Tony Martin, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Adam Hambrick and Tyler Farr.
Early Life and Education
John Ozier’s early life wasn’t always smooth sailing. He had to compete in sports throughout high school, yet ultimately found his true calling: music.
Ozier began his career in Nashville as a music writer for Curb Records before joining Toronto-based ole, who owned and operated Anthem Entertainment’s music rights management company. There, he composed songs for superstar country artists like Lee Brice and Tyler Farr, co-writing two #1 hits with them.
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John Ozier has built a successful career as a music publisher by following his passions, trusting his instincts and working hard. His clients include Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Rodney Atkins, Clay Walker, Love & Theft and Ronnie Dunn among many others.
He’s also a talented songwriter, having co-written No. 1 hits for Lee Brice, Tyler Farr and Kid Rock.
He recently assumed the position of Executive Vice President of Creative at Reservoir, the largest independent music publisher worldwide. In this capacity, he will manage operations in Nashville and collaborate with teams in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and London.
Achievements and Honors
John Ozier is an accomplished music industry professional who has earned many accolades for his work as a songwriter, producer and manager. Currently the EVP of Creative at Reservoir Publishing – one of the world’s largest independent publishers – Ozier hails from Batavia, Georgia and boasts many local connections; serving on boards such as Oasis Center, One Riot Publishing and Regions Bank Middle Tennessee.
Ozier is the Executive VP of Creative at Reservoir, overseeing their Nashville operations – including their newest wing, 5,000 square feet on West End Avenue. Furthermore, he’s at the cutting-edge of modern technology having recently joined forces with Apple and iHeartRadio to create an innovative streaming platform for artists and record labels.
Ozier is the National Chair of AIMP and an accomplished music industry executive based in Nashville. He believes that hard work, integrity and staying true to one’s passions are the keys to success – proven principles he’s seen firsthand throughout his career.
He recently joined music publisher Reservoir as EVP Creative, overseeing all Nashville operations – from signing and developing new talent to closing eight figures in catalog acquisition deals. With his proven ability to nurture writers, development artists and catalog success – he is set for success at Reservoir.
At his previous employer, Ozier spent six years with independent Canadian publisher ole (now Anthem Entertainment), working his way up from Vice President, Nashville Creative to General Manager of Creative. While at ole, he spearheaded the signings of Jeff Trott, Tony Martin, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson and Adam Hambrick as well as purchasing Red Vinyl Music, Parallel Music and Better Angels Music publishing catalogs.
John Ozier is an esteemed music industry professional. As Vice President Creative for Reservoir Media Management, he’s responsible for signing and developing new talent since joining the company in April 2019. Additionally, he serves as National Chair of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), has been active within Nashville’s community by volunteering at University of Georgia’s Music Business Program and mentoring aspiring songwriters. John has written songs for numerous major country artists including Lee Brice’s No. 1 hit record “True Country”, along with co-written No. 1 hits for Lee Brice and Tyler Farr among other notables. On this podcast John discusses how he got into music, what it means to be True Country, plus much more!