Indie artist and Internet pioneer Samantha Murphy, also known as The Highway Girl, partnered with licensing and royalty service RightsFlow to raise awareness for Limelight, a service that assists artists with clearance for cover songs for release.
Murphy wrote, produced and is featured in the informational video “Ring of Fire,” which explains how the Limelight service assists artists in securing the necessary mechanical licenses and pay royalties to songwriters and publishers.
“I wanted to record a version of this Johnny Cash song for years,” Murphy explains. “Limelight provided the solution for my licensing needs and allowed me to finally record this amazing song.”
CMT will add Murphy’s music video for “Ring of Fire” to their Wide Open Country program this week. Murphy produced the song, from her forthcoming album Some Assembly Required, with multi-Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle).
“Samantha is the rare combination of accomplished musician, technology advocate and champion for artists and songwriters. She has produced not only a compelling video that highlights Limelight’s ease-of-use, but has also delivered a memorable version of Johnny Cash’s classic “Ring of Fire.” We are extremely grateful for her talents, passion and vision for this incredible song,” said Michael Kauffman, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Rightsflow. The video premiered on both the Limelight and Highway Girl websites and is available through various channels and social networks in order to create awareness and education within the musician community.