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Grammy-nominated songwriter-artist Gretchen Peters' new album, Blackbirds, is full of moody and captivating songs about lost souls and people trapped in the darkness, trying to find their way out. The album ponders mortality, family and faith in songs that soothe and lift the spirit - even in the darkest of times.

Acclaimed songwriter, producer and artist Dave Berg (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney) will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a partnership with America SCORES. The Residency provides a platform for songwriters to inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

The Spirit of Christmas is a stunning collaboration between Grammy award-winning songwriter-artist Michael W. Smith and a who's who of outstanding vocalists from Nashville and beyond. Lady Antebellum, Bono, Michael McDonald and more present unique takes on Christmas classics as well as original holiday songs written by Smith.

Alan Jackson ​and ​Craig Wiseman ​p​resented with ​the ​ASCAP Heritage Award,​ Ben Hayslip ​and ​Jimmy Robbins ​earn Song of the Year, and Warner/Chappell ​takes top Publisher Award at the 52nd annual star-studded gala in Nashville on Nov. 3rd.

ASCAP joined Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music, Combustion Music, Sea Gayle Music and Complete Control Management to sponsor a writing camp combining Nashville writers with two EDM artists Tritonal and Brass Knuckles. Writing sessions took place at Blackbird Studios and Combustion Music offices, with ASCAP providing lunch for the hungry hordes.

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.

Grammy-winner Lee Ann Womack returns to the serious country ​music​ that defined her with a poignant new album, which presents 13 unique songs written by some of America’s most progressive songwriter-artists. The​ Way I'm Livin' is Womack's first​ new​ ​release ​in ​nearly ​seven years​;​ click through to preview it now.

ASCAP songwriter Walt Aldridge, Stephen & Justin Kirk and 25 students of Washington Elementary in St. Louis collaborated on the song “Secret Crush" as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency with America SCORES. Click through to watch the video.

Buddy Miller, Jackson Browne, The Milk Carton Kids and Sturgill Simpson were recognized at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards, in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

Bentley claims 5 nods, including Song of the Year for "I Hold On," written with fellow ASCAP member Brett James. Brandy Clark and Kip Moore tapped for Best New Artist and 2013 Entertainer of the Year George Strait vies for the title again.

Country superstar Brad Paisley released his stellar 10th studio album, Moonshine in the Trunk, on August 26th. The release sent us on a trip down memory lane, back to 1993, when Brad interned at ASCAP's Nashville office. Find out what Brad and his co-writer Chris DuBois thought of each other back then.

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.

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.

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made the announcement during a special media event at Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe. The House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in February.

The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress jointly hosted their sixth annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Library in DC, featuring an incredible group of ASCAP songwriters performing before legislative dignitaries.