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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.

JASON “J” HOLLIS GUESTS ON YES >GO PODCAST

Nashville, TN-Entertainment and Music Business Veteran, Jason “J” Hollis was the guest on the Business Speakers Radio Network new podcast program, “Yes > Go” with host, Coach A.M. Williams on April 24th at 5 PM EST.  Listen as J.Hollis discusses the past 28 years of experience in the music business.  How his faith has been tested with the ups and downs throughout the years.

STREAMING VS. BUYING RECORDS

I remember going out to multiple record stores on Saturdays it was my hang-time with friends; we all were looking for that “find” for the day.  Those days are few and far between with record stores barely surviving now days and the Music Business is at a new place that it’s never been before; retail is all but gone in the “Big Box Chains” and like I said record stores are almost gone with the exception of the cool, hip, small vinyl stores popping up around the country.  There are the rare unique stores like McKays Books & Music in Tennessee that carry everything from music in cd’s, cassettes, vinyl, even 8-tracks! To books, musical instruments, stereos, video games, movies, etc.  But for the most part the stores like Tower Records, Sam Goody, Camelot Music, CD Warehouse, Musicland, & Hastings are a thing of the past.  With vinyl records sales over 13 million in 2016 and is projected to grow again by the end of 2017 it seems that the resurgence is not a fluke or fad it’s here to stay.  For how long who knows but music lovers like myself are loving it!  Compact Discs sales or CD’s are down to 104 million units sold in 2016.  The good news is that physical sales were actually up from over a decade ago in the total share of album sales than the previous year.  But the big elephant in the room is Streaming a format that’s been around since 2008 or at least that’s when it truly became a way to get music through an app on your phone.  We all know Napster started the sharing-file system but streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Unlimited have become the main source for people all around the world to listen to music.  Music Streaming has taken over now and is the largest share of the Music Business;  there are over 400 million subscribers and counting!  It doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon; so, what do we do as consumers of music? What is our best option? Do we continue to purchase music in physical form or do we sucumb to the inevitable and get a streaming service for our music collections?  I for one, will always buy music physically because I love to read the liner notes of who produced, wrote the songs, what musicians played on it, etc.   But I’m going to make a decision soon on a streaming app to go forward with so that I can save some cash instead of spending thousands of dollars per year on music when I can put it on other things.  I’ll still buy my favorite bands and maybe some new bands if I like them enough to give them the nod on a physical purchase.  I still take my ipods everywhere for now, but I have a feeling that will end in the coming years.  I just wanted to give you an overview where we are in the Music Business right now and where we are going; the choice is yours keep buying music physically or join the millions of Music Streaming listeners. Or do like myself use them all and see where the road takes you.

RECORDING NEW MUSIC AT RED ROOM STUDIOS

Nashville, TN-Life-Line Worldwide Music Publishing owner, songwriter, Jason Hollis & songwriting partner, Kevin Herrick have been finishing up four new songs getting the basic arrangements with acoustic guitars & vocals recorded which finishes ten new songs in their catalog.  “We will begin to record a new album in the first of the year which will be out later in 2017.  We are going all out on this one with full production, it will be a new sound that we’ve created from my rock n roll writing style & Kevin’s country influence” says Jason Hollis.  Be on the lookout for more music from the writing duo in different genres of music writing for other artists as well as for their own.