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SONGWRITING 101: COPYRIGHTING YOUR SONGS

Nashville, TN-Songwriter, Producer, Arranger, & Recording Artist, Jason Hollis owner of Life-Line Worldwide has some information for you regarding Copyrighting your Songs.  “This is a very important step for all of you Musicians, Songwriters & Recording Artists; I want to help guide you into choosing the correct steps going forward so that you get paid for your work” says Jason Hollis.  “I grew up in the 80’s and in the 90’s when I started recording music and touring for a living full-time.  I had no idea what publishing, copyrighting, muchless how to read a contract so I knew what I was signing up for.  Well, I’ve learned a lot since then, and I wanted to share my findings” says Jason Hollis.  First of all, 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 categories that are generally used under Performing Arts.  Recently, Jason and his songwriting partner Kevin Herrick 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 in this process 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! I hope this sheds some light on Copyrighting songs.  God bless you all.” said Jason Hollis. This is just the beginning of the process so when you actually get someone to “cut” your song for their project as a songwriter there is a whole other process which we will talk about later; but for now this will hopefully get you started following your dreams.

GUITARIST BRAD NOAH LAYING DOWN TRACKS FOR HELLER RIDGE PROJECT

Nashville, TN-Heller Ridge project featuring songwriters, Jason Hollis and Kevin Herrick; brings in veteran guitarist, Brad Noah (ex-Disciple, Dixie Horsepower) to lay down lead and rhythm guitar tracks for the upcoming 10 song album.  “Brad was the first guy I thought of for this album because I’ve been friends with him for years but I’m also a huge fan of his amazing techniques on guitar! He always comes up with the greatest riffs and solos.  The songs on this album are now coming into focus the way I envisioned them to be in my mind.  It’s so exciting to see this project shaping up we just have final vocals and a few more pieces of the puzzle to finish so we can hopefully get this out later this fall.” says Jason Hollis.  The musicians  so far on the album are Jason Hollis Bass/Lead Vocals/BGV’s, Kevin Herrick Acoustic Guitars/Lead Vocals/BGV’s, Patrick Maley Drums, Brad Noah, Electric Guitars.  The engineering/mixing is being executed by Max Hardin a.k.a. T.B.H. “This album is coming together on so many levels and we have a lot of choices of sounds to put on here to really make it a great sounding record.  I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.” says Kevin HerrickHeller Ridge self-titled album will be available on CD and Vinyl as well as all streaming services to make it available to fans everywhere.   More news on the Heller Ridge album coming soon.  Just check back often to see updates.

HELLER RIDGE RECORDING ALBUM IN THE STUDIO

Nashville, TN-Country duo, Heller Ridge has been recording their debut album this summer at Red Room StudiosJason Hollis and Kevin Herrick are Producing, Writing, and Arranging this project and our addition to the team, Max Hardin a.k.a. T.B.H. (To Be Honest) is Engineering and Mixing.  The team have been working hard cutting studio tracks putting the finishing touches on the self-titled album will be released in late Fall of 2018 or early Winter of 2019.  “Timing is everything for us, we just want to do it right and have the best songs on this record,” says Kevin Herrick.  “We’ve put blood, sweat, and tears literally at times all of the above into this project and I’m so excited for you all to hear these songs!” said Jason Hollis.   The album is a mixture of Classic Country meets Southern Rock because of the backgrounds of the two songwriters; the songs are full of hooks you can sing along to and will leave you wanting more. Be on the look out for more information about this album coming out.

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.