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

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.

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.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards ceremony was huge for ASCAP. All in all, ASCAP songwriters and their songs earned awards in more than 24 categories, including Top Country and Christian songs. The night also featured the live premiere of the new Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood single, written at an ASCAP song camp by Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea.

In honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have proclaimed February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." To mark this momentous day, ASCAP has unveiled its top songs of all-time.

Pandora has launched an aggressive campaign to pay songwriters and composers less. Add your name to our petition asking incoming Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews to stop attacking songwriters, and share the message on Twitter and Facebook.

Pandora ran an op-ed in The Hill attacking ASCAP's efforts to protect fair compensation for its members from the online music streaming service. Read ASCAP President and Chairman and songwriter Paul Williams's response here.

Alexis Spight is a talented young singer-songwriter whose polished debut recording is making waves in Gospel music with its emotional honesty and uncompromising message of acceptance and inclusion. The Buffalo native was raised in the church and sees singing as a ministry for people who struggle to be themselves and find God.

This south Georgia-based Christian rock band writes songs of religious inspiration and personal transformation, and brings energy, passion and uplifting messages to their fans and listeners. Listen to the record and hear singer Blake NeeSmith discuss the writing process in this ASCAP audio profile.

The winners of the SongDoor 2012 International Songwriting Competition have been announced, with Grand Award going to ASCAP member Debra Gussin and co-writer Rik Howard for their song, "Is That You?," which also won in the Christian category.

ASCAP is pleased to announce that OnStage is now available through its latest mobile update. ASCAP Onstage gives members the opportunity to receive royalties when their music is performed live. The mobile version includes the ability to locate venues using a device's GPS. ASCAP members can now submit performances wherever they are.

The south Georgia based group made their debut with the emotionally powerful single, "Slip On By," produced by Christopher Stevens. The single was written by the band along with Stevens, and is based on conversations singer Blake Neesmith had with his grandfather, who encouraged him to not let the blessings of life pass you by.

The Classic Crime have gone from popular, signed alt-rock band to crowdsourcing success story, reaching their Kickstarter goal within 24 hours. Their new album Phoenix is selling like hotcakes, and it might just be their best album yet. Vocalist/guitarist Matt MacDonald explains how going the fan-funded route affected the band's creative process.