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HELLER RIDGE SESSIONS GOING STRONG!

Nashville, TN-Heller Ridge is a new name to some in the Country Music and Southern Rock world but, to Jason Hollis and Kevin Herrick this has been years in the making.  They have been performing on the road touring and doing session work in studios for over 28 years; and have been writing partners for over three years now creating their upcoming debut album of ten new songs, self-titled “Heller Ridge.”  “We have been perfecting these songs for a few years now and we just want to make an album full of songs that fans will enjoy for years to come.  We really started out to get our songs heard as songwriters but we decided to go ahead and put it out ourselves as Heller Ridge.” says Jason Hollis.  Working along side of the guys is platinum-selling, recording session drummer, Patrick Maley who has stepped in to play drums and percussion throughout the album.  “The guys asked me to play over a year ago and I said let’s do it!  I have known these guys for years and love their songwriting so I jumped at the chance to play.  The guys came over last week and we started cutting drums and bass at my home studio.” said Patrick.  The album is at the half-way mark now and will hopefully be completed before this summer of 2018.  “We are so excited to get this album out to folks who want to hear something that’s different than what’s on radio right now songs with strong hooks that you just automatically start singing after you hear them.  Our biggest hope is that you like it so much that you keep spinning it again and again” says Kevin Herrick.  Be on the lookout for their debut album later this year.

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.

LIFE-LINE WORLDWIDE MUSIC PUBLISHING: SONGWRITING 101

Presentation1 (2)Nashville, TN-Jason Hollis the owner of Life-Line Worldwide Music Publishing through BMI has been hard at work on a new batch of songs in a wide-range of genres from Country, Pop, Rock, R&B, and Praise & Worship.  “My new approach is starting to work; I usually demo out my songs on guitar or keyboard and record them on a digital recording device.  Then, head to Red Room Studios to record a basic acoustic track to check the song structure from top to bottom mainly to make adjustments of exactly what I’m hearing in my head.  I usually take a bit of time to listen over and over to the song to make sure that I like the lyrics, hook, the story-line, and is it a “hit” in my mind?”  I also make sure to listen to everything that’s current out there if it’s Indie or Top 40 not to compare but to make sure that my music isn’t dated-sounding.   For instance, when I’m working on an R&B or a Pop song I usually create a rough beat to play to so I get the groove that’s in my head and it makes it a lot easier  to create.  I had a good friend tell me that if you’re not writing everyday in some form or fashion then you’re not a real songwriter.  I took that to heart and now have begun to really push harder and hone my creative process to go farther than I ever have before.