More Than the Stars

Dec 17, 2013
Video ASCAP hits its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014. For an entire century, the leading US performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. The site ( features an interactive timeline of ASCAP's rich history. 

ASCAP's commissioned short film "Why We Create Music" celebrates the organization's 100-year history by providing a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of a veritable who's-who of today's top songwriters and composers. Combining footage from more than 10 separate film shoots around the country with 15 ASCAP members, the film explores the meaning and power of music as expressed by the music creators themselves. In addition, from shoot to shoot an unprecedented collaborative musical composition was built as each participant added their own musical "voice" to the score.

The companion song, "More Than The Stars," with its music video you see here, was completely written and recorded during the actual film shoots for the film. It features lyrics by Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Dan Wilson and Claudia Brant.