Our choir is putting out our first professional album this
year and we’re very excited about the quality of the album.
In trying to stay professional, we’ve contacted all the
copyright owners or gone to Harry Fox to get mechanical licenses
for all the songs… except one – Cissy Houston’s “Lord Is My
Shepherd” (which can be heard on “The Preacher’s Wife”
Searches/calls to Harry Fox showed they were not authorized to
distribute the mechanical license and the publisher they had listed
(C Hue Publishing) is now an auto mechanic shop and/or is now owned
by Warner-Chappell. They were no help either.
I’ve called BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, RCA records, etc… with no one
providing anything useful that could lead to contacting Ms.
Houston, her management, or any sort of publishing company.
I’ve even tried finding her daughter Whitney’s booking agency
and had no luck.
The only lead I found was on IMDB which stated the Ms. Houston
works at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. I called the church
and they confirmed this but would not give me any forwarding
information for her. So I left my contact info. After nothing for
three weeks, I called again and the receptionist said they had
forwarded the info.
My last resort is having one of our members show up at the
church Sunday morning to ask for her permission. But I’m wondering
if that borders on harrassment….
Anyway, as our release is nearing and we need to send our CD out
for duplication, what am I able to do with this track? Have I
presented due diligence? Would there be huge ramifications if we
Just trying to do the right thing. Any help is greatly
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