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R&B singer-songwriter Goapele has built a career out of singing the truth like only she can. On her new album Strong As Glass, Goapele worked with new collaborators and sounds for a stronger, more vulnerable album than anything she's done before. Watch her explain how she created Strong As Glass, and what she hopes you take from it.

Ten ASCAP legends are nominated this year for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cast your vote for the nominees you want to see inducted - the top five vote-getters will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell: the promising talent who breaks through, crosses over, gets the attention that he or she deserves. Here are 10 ASCAP songwriters and composers who had breakthrough years in 2014, and are poised for even bigger things in the future.

The best in Christian/Gospel music were in attendance at the 45th Annual Dove Awards, held October 7th at the Allen Arena, Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. ASCAP members triumphed at this year's ceremony.

The Women Behind the Music series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, honoring not only singers and songwriters but also female executives in all facets of the business including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.

This past weekend, the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Department worked with BOSSIP and HipHopWired to produce the "Ladies First: Women In Hip-Hop" Panel, during the A3C Festival in Atlanta.

On October 5th, So So Def invaded the Microsoft Store at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta to throw a private listening party for J.E. Heartbreak II, the upcoming album from ASCAP, R&B super group Jagged Edge.

ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul team hosted its 3rd Annual Atlanta Legends Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 25th in honor of music mogul, Antonio LA Reid. The annual ceremony was created to pay homage to those who have brought great honor to the city of Atlanta through their achievements in music.

Songwriter, Jo’zzy, talks to “On the Come Up” about her marriage to music.

Outkast's André "3000" Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, an intimate portrait of a young musician on the verge of becoming a legend. We attended a press junket with Benjamin and director John Ridley. Read their insights into their artistic and technical journeys toward realizing the film.

On Wednesday, September 10th, ASCAP and eOne Music held the Atlanta album release celebration for ASCAP Gospel recording artist Michelle Williams. Commemorating her new project Journey to Freedom, the intimate function was held at Suite Food Lounge in downtown Atlanta.

Renowned R&B singer-songwrite​r Montell Jordan​ ​is now the lead worship pastor at Victory World Church near Atlanta, where he leads a fantastic gospel-rock orchestra that has just finished its second album, Covered. Jordan's musical team takes 10​ ​​well-known​ gospel songs and presents​ each with their own unique worship sound.

On Friday, August 8th, ASCAP Atlanta held its first "It’s A House Party” series. The quarterly series, created to promote rising urban acts, also doubles as an in-office networking luncheon for industry executives, tastemakers and the like. This edition's spotlight artist was rapper, Sy Ari Da Kid, whose current single “Popular” has been dominating the airwaves.

Songwriters, Crush Boys – AJ and Zach – chat with “On the Come Up” about defeating their competition.

On July 18th, ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team in New York hosted its ever-successful luncheon series, "Break Bread." The ASCAP members-only event, held at the ASCAP office, was created to spark networking in a relaxed, yet intimate atmosphere.

Upcoming, Atlanta based girl-group Havok Jones stopped by ASCAP's New York office to give a select few a taste of their vocal range. The girls peformed covers, which included EnVogue's "Don't Let Go," Destiny Child's "Say My Name" and Xscape's "Who Can I Run To." The girls have a single "Who You" feat. Young Thug currently spinning on the radio.

Top honors were given to hip-hop music mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, producer Mike-WiLL Made-It and publisher Warner/Chappell Music. The top rap, R&B/hip-hop and gospel music of 2013 was also honored.

Singer-songwriter-preacher Bryan Andrew Wilson’s fifth solo project, The One Percent, is his most ambitious offering yet. Born into a musical family and singing with gospel stars since the age of 10, Wilson blends a mix of modern soul, funk and gospel styles in songs full of infectious arrangements and personal lyrics.

From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) to the Department of Justice’s review of the ASCAP Consent Decree, there is much at stake today in the world of music creators. ASCAP’s Music Advocacy Project page is a great resource that gives you the facts on the issues and a way to join our music advocacy efforts.

Bryan Popin is a versatile ​composer,​ singer​ and​ songwriter whose new record blurs the lines between traditional gospel​/worship​ music and the ​current ​mainstream pop​ and urban sound. Popin brings​ incredible diversity to ​the album, which includes guest vocals from gospel music greats Tamela Mann and Martha Munnizi.

Renowned author, poet, educator, civil rights activist and ASCAP member Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. Over her varied and prolific career, Angelou earned over 50 honorary degrees, three Grammys, Tony and Pulitzer nominations, the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were huge for ASCAP. Our songwriters and their songs claimed more than 24 categories, including seven for Justin Timberlake. The event also premiered the new Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood single, written at an ASCAP song camp by Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea.

ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul team hosted the panel on financial literacy at their New York offices on the evening of May 6th. Check out pictures and audio from the workshop here.