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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.

END OF THE DECADE: LIFE-LINE WORLDWIDE

Nashville, TN-Wow! Is another decade really coming to a close?!!  Time sure has a way of rolling on when we were just there yesterday, right?  As I look back on this decade it’s been incredible times of highs and lows; defining again the many ways that God has richly blessed our Life-Line Worldwide family.  I have personally gone through alot in the music business with changes and rearrangements through learning and relearning new ways to release music to the world.  Getting it out to people of all walks of life and fans has never been easier; there are social media platforms, digital music platforms, and direct websites to get music into the hands of millions!  I’m writing music, working on albums in sessions and A&R with different artists. I’ve been on mission trips around the world which has completely shifted everything in my life.  I’m now an official author with my first book about marriage coming out in 2020 and I’m already working on the second book about hearing God’s voice for yourself in everyday life.  I never asked for it but when I said yes to God, he has opened my heart and mind to write.  The coffee company that I’m involved with is growing and growing every year; District Roasters is based out of Houston, TX and it’s really a labor of love because we get to give back to the countries where we purchase the beans from.  We are looking to expand even more this next year.  I want to say a big thank you to all of the artists, clients, friends and family who have been a part of our journey these past twelve years.  There is so much more I believe that God wants to do in our lives and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of this journey we call life.  God bless you all.

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.

LIFE-LINE WORLDWIDE 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Nashville, TN-Jason Hollis, owner of Life-Line Worldwide has been in business now for 10 Years, as well as working for over 28 years in the Music Business in several different capacities.  The last 10 Years, he has worked with artists in multiple genres from Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Praise & Worship, Gospel, and R&B.  Working various positions in PR, Marketing Strategist, Brand Manager, A&R, Distribution, Project Manager, Radio Promotions, Artist Management, as well as a Studio Musician, Producer/Engineer, and Songwriter.  “Over the years I have worked with Gold, Platinum and Independent artists; and I have had an incredible time overseeing artists careers and working on hundreds of albums it has truly been a blessing. I’ve had ups and downs like everyone in this business but I must say that God has always directed me through it all to come out on the other side.”  In addition to the music business side of things, Jason has traveled around the world on mission trips to multiple countries in Africa, Europe, and here in the USA for people with needs.  “I never thought that I would ever be placed in the mission field; it was something I said I would never do but then God said, “ok, I’m gonna take you out of your comfort zone.” What I found was it was absolutely humbling and I learned so much from the different cultures that I visited; it was an amazing blessing for me and my wife to see.”  The future at Life-Line Worldwide will continue to grow in many different ways with the ever changing Music Business and I’m sure Jason Hollis will continue to help raise up new artists for the generations to come.