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Valuing the Creatives

Creative types see the world differently.

For songwriters Ken and Melinda, CCLI is truly a Godsend. And now their songs are blessing the Church.

Ken and Melinda are very good friends. And a great songwriting team. Ken is an amazing musician and has a unique feel for great melody, beautiful chord voicings and progressions and an innate musical sensibility. Melinda’s gift centres on lyrics—powerful imagery, natural syllable matching, a refined and polished economy of words, and unique hard-and-soft rhyme structures that bring a true poetic craftsmanship to their songs.

Each of them also write separately, and with other writers and teams, but there’s a special fusion that happens when they write together. They sense it. Their writer friends recognise it. So does the congregation of Grace Community Church, where they are both active on the worship teams.

But with publishing, the two have taken very different paths. Ken loves to keep track of all the administrative details himself, so he acts as his own publisher. Melinda attracted the attention of an up-and-coming Christian publisher, so she was very content to let them handle all the administrative details. Plusm they are proving adept at pitching her songs to labels and other artists.

Since so many of Ken and Melinda’s worship songs have resonated so strongly with their church, and now other churches in the UK and beyond, the CCLI revenue is starting to grow. This is a definite sense of calling for both of them. And many exciting opportunities lie ahead.

Ken is in frequent contact with the Intellectual Property team at CCLI—making sure each new worship song is properly registered. He supplies ownership percentages and copyright information as well as lyrics, chord and vocal sheets to CCLI’s IP department, who then works with CCLI’s SongSelect engraving team to make sure the lyrics and sheet music for Ken’s new worship songs are added on SongSelect.

Ken is in frequent contact with the Intellectual Property team at CCLI—making sure each new worship song is properly registered

Melinda is very content to let her publisher handle all that. She’d much rather focus solely on writing.

For both Ken and Melinda, CCLI is truly a Godsend. Their songs are blessing the Church. Their work is protected by CCLI and they are receiving fair reward for its use. And they get to keep doing what they love, knowing that their efforts are a blessing to others.

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If you’re a label, a publisher or an artist or songwriter who looks to reach new audiences and who wishes to partner with CCLI, we welcome your enquiry. You’re the reason we are able to make this content available and to bring congregations the world over together through music.

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