The idea for McKinley House Publishing really came out of frustration. I was tired of seeing so many talented songwriters go unnoticed and unappreciated.
I've spent a good portion of my life playing in a band, and as a part of that scene, I met great musicians, singers and songwriters night after night. They would be tucked away in some hidden bar or small coffeehouse somewhere, often performing for less than 50 people; no one even knows who most of them are. As I started becoming friends with a lot of them, I realized that I needed to help get this great music out into the world. These artists needed some recognition. I also realized that I had a great group of talented people amassed, and they could easily get their songs covered by big name artists, or be writers for TV spots, commercials, or movie soundtracks. The dream was born, and it has since become my passion.
As for the name, there is a story behind it. My bandmates and I used to share a ridiculously small one bedroom apartment. We were starving artists in every sense of the word, sometimes forced to steal food to eat as a last resort. For the most part though, we were able to rely on the kindness and generosity of friends and strangers. Our music was our passion, and our tiny rundown apartment was always filled with fascinating people who, for one reason or another, had an interest in what we were doing. The name of that old apartment complex was The McKinley House, and for me, that name will always serve as a reminder that great music brings people together, good people are still easy to find, and money is always second to friendship.
Music Publishing Columbus, OH
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