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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.

The invitation-only event will be held on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA and will honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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.

Blac Soap have been producing quite the eclectic range of music since their 2004 formation. With tracks that resonate with the urban romantic, the modern artist and even the social revolutionary, Blac Soap have created a vast score for listeners across the globe. We caught up with them to chat about their new project, Cycle 9.

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.

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.

The festivities took place at Atlanta's Bar ONE and were sponsored by Nightlife Media & Entertainment. Click through for full coverage of the event, which included a live set by DJ Trauma.

The compilation album, which was the product of this past fall's ASCAP Songwriter Residency program, includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country. Click through to stream it in full.

ASCAP Board member and Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) inductee Valerie Simpson was interviewed by fellow ASCAP songwriter Phil Galdston at the SHOF Master Session at NYU on April 2nd. Simpson spoke and performed during the in-depth interview by Galdston, NYU Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence and Master Teacher in Songwriting.

In his new role, Jones will be responsible for discovering and signing songwriters and producers, developing talent, establishing and maintaining relationships with current members and programming events, showcases and educational panels.

The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.