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HELLER RIDGE RECORDING NEW ALBUM FOR RELEASE LATE 2017

Nashville, TN-Singer-Songwriters Kevin Herrick and Jason Hollis known as the Duo-Country group, Heller Ridge are beginning the process of recording their new album which will have a projected release date in late 2017.  Over the last two years they have been writing and recording demos for the ten new songs for this album.  “They all have our signiture sound of catchy melodies and harmonies; and uptempo songs and ballads.  There is a wide range of subjects like Love songs, overcoming adversity, relationships gone bad, and finding your way back home.  It’s truly a body of work that we are proud of” says Jason Hollis.  The sound is described as Country music with a Rock edge to it with rich harmonies.  “My background is in Southern Gospel and Traditional Country where Jason comes from the Rock N Roll world of writing.  It’s a sound all it’s own for the most part because harmonies are not prevalent in todays Country marketplace” says Kevin Herrick.  “We will be recording at different studios for this album because of who we are working with on this project, the acoustics, and the vibe, it’s all going to work well together; We are going to begin next month in July to kick things off” said Jason Hollis.  As songwriters they hope to pitch the songs to other artists as well because they want the world to hear these stories through song.

COPYRIGHT 101: NEVER STOP LEARNING!

Nashville, TN-Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Jason Hollis wanted to talk about something that he’s learning more about almost on a daily basis, Copyrighting your songs.  “I grew up in the 80’s and in the 90’s when I recorded music and toured for a living full-time and I had no idea what publishing, copyrighting, muchless how to read a contract.  Well, I’ve learned a lot since then and I wanted to share my findings” says Jason Hollis.  First, when copyrighting your songs go to the Library Of Congress website: www.loc.gov from there click on US Copyright Office which will take you to www.copyright.gov.  Next, click on Register a copyright and then click on Performing Arts Music, Lyrics, Sound Recordings, Scripts, and Stage Plays.  Once on this page it gives you a list of catagories that generally are used under Performing Arts.  Recently, Jason and his songwriting partner went to go  copyright ten new songs; after calling and researching on the website; they found that the  first step to take is to copyright the songs themselves by choosing the option of Works of Performing Arts or PA as most industry folks like to call it.  Secondly, if you are recording a project or album to put out as a physical or digital format you’ll need to go back in to protect the copyright of the “Sound Recording.” “This was news to me! I had never fully understood this portion of the copyright laws.  As soon as I learned about this portion of the business as a songwriter I knew that I had to share my newfound knowledge with others.  I just really want to share my findings along the way so that others behind me can learn. I’m sure that there’s a lot more that I’ll learn going forward and I want to caution you all; I’ve been in the music industry most of my life and I’m still learning new things all the time!  So never stop learning and I hope this sheds some light on Copyrighting songs.  God bless you all.” said Jason Holls.

SONGWRITING 101: SETTING UP YOUR BRAND

Presentation1 (2)The music business is a crazy ride that I’ve had the pleasure or heartache in some cases that I’ve been a part of most of my life since I was a teenager.  It’s a game filled with ups and downs but for the most part I’ve enjoyed it; a lot of it I had to learn the hard way through trial and error because no one showed me certain aspects of it.  After hundreds of albums I’ve had the opportunity to work on in A&R, Distribution, Marketing, Radio Promotions, Music Videos, as a Musician/Vocalist, etc. I’ve learned that most artists don’t take the time to learn the business side of the music business as much as they work on their craft creating music.  I just wanted to share with you how an artist can set-up their brand in this day and age of the Music and Entertainment business in a brief article.

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