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Publishing Deal… Or Not

A publishing deal is the Holy Grail of songwriting jobs. There aren’t a lot of opportunities out there for songwriters, unless you create your own, and having a publishing deal gives you a little bit of stability. With a publishing deal, the publishing company basically pays you a small stipend in return for the exclusive rights to pitch your songs to artists and TV and film projects.

I was offered a publishing deal.

My friend who used to be in charge of the EFY albums called me and asked me if I would want to come down to Nashville and hang out for a week, and I happily accepted. I’ve heard so much about Nashville, and I was excited to finally see it for myself. I was definitely not disappointed. We went to Music Row and the Grand Ole Opry, and hung out with industry professionals. It was a songwriter’s dream.

I went to Institute that Thursday night with some friends. When I had the chance I escaped to the dark foyer and had a little chat with God. I asked him what he thought about this opportunity, and if it was the right thing to do. I thought he would tell me to do it. It was my dream. But that’s not the answer I got. I felt very strongly that I should move to Salt Lake, and write music for the LDS Church.

So, that’s what I did.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. Sometimes things don’t go according to our plan, but if we follow the Lord’s plan, which is infinitely better, everything will work out in the end.

I’m so glad I followed the spirit back in that dark church foyer in Nashville, because my life has become more than I could have ever imagined.

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