Publishing Deal… Or Not

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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.



  • James Johnson says:

    I love this Nik. Your work is on my mind all the time I guess because it’s something I would love to do one day as an artist. Keep on keepin on brotha

  • Candace Christensen says:

    This same thing happened to my husband and me. We are still trying to figure out why the answer for moving to Nashville was “no” though. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! I would love to write sometime. I filled out my email.. if you are ever in a dark chapel and get the impression to reach out to that person that wrote a comment on your blog post, you have my info. 🙂

  • Ken Malone says:

    Do you take unsolicited music… Or songs… I have 60… Do you collaborate …I’m in North Carolina… Thank you… Ken

  • Jen Barker says:

    Nik- I am so grateful that you listened to that prompting you received, or “the no” rather. Your gift is such a blessing to so many and brings joy to my life daily. I am truly grateful, Thank you!!!!

  • Sadie Blank says:

    Close Your Eyes is no longer available on Spotify. I’m curious why not and if I could buy a copy. Thank you for your time! I love your voice and you’re quite talented

  • Jamie Kjelstrom says:

    Nik! I thank you from the deepest part of my soul for your willingness to choose the HARD and less traveled path. You have sacrificed, so that I and SO many others are brought closer to Christ through the songs you’ve been inspired to write. Thank you for listening to Him so that we can listen to these songs. I feel music is such an efficient way to feel the Spirit and these songs are a doorway to His love. I especially LOVE your upbeat music that my kids and I love to dance to. This is a completely different but MUCH needed style to reach our youth and I thank you for going against the grain to create something fresh and new. Dear friend, I ask for great blessings to continue your way, please keep writing as a mouthpiece for God. Thank you!

    • nikday says:

      Thanks, Jamie! I’m glad you guys listen to my music! Writing songs for the Church was definitely the right thing for me to do, I have been able to spread the gospel and my love for the Savior, and that is the most important thing of all. Thanks for the note!

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