"I have a song, meaning that I'm now a composer." Should there be a comma before "meaning that"? What type of speech is "meaning that" and how do the rules apply?

Here's a site that puts a comma before "meaning that".

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    You certainly need the comma to disambiguate.
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    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 3:17

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Not an authoritative answer, but you're joining two separate/related ideas which benefit from the distinction, which is the purpose of a comma. So it's not specific to the phrase "meaning that":

I have a song, so now I'm a composer

feels better than

I have a song so now I'm a composer

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