Originally from Chicago, legendary Motown songwriter, Ron Miller (1932-2007) wrote numerous hit songs including, “For Once in My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday,” “I’ve Never Been a Woman Before,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Someday at Christmas,” “One Little Christmas Tree,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “If I Could,” and many more.
A daughter sets out to fulfil her legendary father’s 60-year-old dream
of writing and producing a hit Broadway musical, while fighting (and winning) a near impossible legal battle
to win the rights back to his multimillion-dollar legacy song catalogue.
Lisa Dawn Miller, a producer, former First Vice President with Morgan Stanley, singer/songwriter, performer and mom is determined to make her father’s dream of getting a show to Broadway a reality. Her father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller, one of Motown Records’… one of America’s most prolific songwriters. Upon her father’s death, Lisa discovered that her father had sold all of his songwriter rights away (for pennies on the dollar) to his million dollar hits like, “For Once in My Life” (Motown Records’ most recorded song), “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “Heaven Help us All,” “A Place in the Sun,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “Someday at Christmas,” “If I Could” and many more.
After 10 years battling in court with no legal background, against all odds and facing a near impossibility, Lisa succeeded in winning back many of the rights, but much remains to be claimed. As she negotiates with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and other major publishers and record companies for intellectual properties, Lisa embarks on a creative journey, developing a new show for Broadway entitled, “For Once in My Life,” to tell her father’s life story – a genius who helped create the “Motown Sound” with his powerful lyrics and musical theatre writing style and as the first white songwriter with Motown Records.