VOL. 5 TRACK LISTING
- I Can Be What I Wanna Be (St. Louis)
Written and performed by chart-topping Country songwriter Dave Berg and the America SCORES St. Louis students of Jefferson Elementary
- We Want It All (Atlanta)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES Atlanta students of Woodson Elementary
- Play The Game (Los Angeles)
Written and performed by Grammy-nominated R&B artist/producer Lonny Bereal and the America SCORES Los Angeles students of Palms Elementary
- Where Does The Time Go (NYC)
Written and performed by Grammy-nominated artist/songwriter Maiysha and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Scott Jacoby with the students of East Fordham Academy
- Life (Dallas)
Written and performed by chart-topping Latin songwriter/artist Roke (Sin Bandera, Natalia Lafourcade) and the America SCORES Dallas students of Nancy J. Cochran Elementary
- Stupid Girls Never Win (Chicago)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES Chicago students of Chalmers Elementary
- Smarter Gang (Denver)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES Denver students of Knapp Elementary
- Inspiration (San Francisco)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES San Francisco students of Cleveland Elementary
- Bubblers (Milwaukee)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES Milwaukee students of James Whitcomb Riley Elementary
- Ride For My Team (Boston)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES New England students of Frederick Pilot Middle School
- It's Math, Baby (Washington DC)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES DC students of Shaw Middle School
- Dream About Soccer, Voyages Mix (Seattle)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES Seattle students of Roxhill Elementary
- Best Friend (NYC)
Written and performed by Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One and the America SCORES New York City students of PS 325
America SCORES is a national youth development organization with more than a decade of experience in fighting the toughest problems that face our nations kids today. The ASCAP Songwriter Residency brings songwriters and composers into their program.
- More than 14 million children are left unsupervised every day after school.
- 1 in 3 kids in the US are overweight or at risk of obesity.
- 1 in 3 fourth grade students across the nation reads below grade level.
- Students who aren't reading at grade level by third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.
- Among low income youth in our country, the drop out rate is 30 percent; among Latino and African American youth it is closer to 40 percent
- Students who spend no time in extracurricular activities are 49% more likely to use drugs and 37% more likely to become teen parents than those who do.
- Youth who volunteer just one hour a week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, or engage in destructive behavior.
In Fall 2011, ASCAP teamed up once again with America SCORES to present its national songwriting mentorship program, ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The program is a partnership between ASCAP and nationally acclaimed after-school program, America SCORES, that provides a platform for songwriters and composers to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring students in under-resourced neighborhoods. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.
Over the course of three afternoons, an ASCAP songwriter - from rising stars to Grammy Award-winning artists - collaborates with a group of 16-32 America SCORES students, co-writing an original song and recording it in a professional studio. The Volume 5 album represents thirteen of these three-day workshops in twelve cities.
This year's ASCAP Songwriter Residencies featured chart-topping Country songwriter Dave Berg (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney) in St Louis; Grammy and Emmy-nominated R&B songwriter/artist Lonny Bereal (Tank, Pleasure P) in LA; Grammy-nominated R&B songwriter/artist Maiysha (Eusonia Records) with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend, Vanessa Hudgens) in NYC; chart-topping Latin songwriter/artist Roke (Sin Bandera, Natalia Lafourcade) in Dallas; and critically-acclaimed Hip-hop songwriter/artist Psalm One (Rhymesayers Entertainment) who headlined a nine-city tour, collaborating with America SCORES students in Milwaukee, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Boston and her hometown of Chicago.
The ASCAP Songwriter Residency produces a promotional compilation CD of all the songs created, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers. LISTEN NOW to the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, Volume 5 album.
Psalm One's CHILD SUPPORT album, available September 25th, is the second commercial release of songs from The ASCAP Songwriter Residency.
The album contains nine original songs from Psalm One's headline tour for the Residency. All were written and performed by Psalm One and America SCORES students, arranged by and music by Psalm One. A tenth song, the first single, Kids Right Now," features rapper Mikkey Halsted. The album will be available September 25, 2012 with all proceeds benefiting the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES.
PRE-ORDER CHILD SUPPORT and get a FREE DOWNLOAD of "Kids Right Now" (featuring Mikkey Halsted) and "Stupid Girls Never Win" (featuring America SCORES Chicago) - Also see the "Stupid Girls Never Win" video and short videos of Psalm One's writing and recording sessions in each city here.
In addition to working with America SCORES, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency connected songwriters with the PENCIL Partnership Program - which helps thousands of business and school leaders develop unique, school-based collaborations that have a lasting impact on the students, school community, and school culture. Maiysha and Scott Jacoby's collaboration was with students from the East Fordham Academy of the Arts, Bronx, NY, one of the PENCIL Partnership schools that works with ASCAP.
"It's important to let children know that they have everything they need within themselves to accomplish their goals and dreams; and that they must believe in themselves. I want them to know that we care about their futures. It's gonna be fun!"
"I'm deeply honored to be able to share my talents with the next generation!"
"I'm extremely excited to return for the second year. I'm a huge proponent of Arts Education."
"There's something special about going back to the same place. It's more of a commitment to the community and it builds a relationship between ASCAP and this excellent middle school. I'm doing this because it's amazing to see a shy student come out of his or her shell and become a performer or songwriter over the course of three days. This experience may have a lasting impact in terms of opening a kid's mind, influencing a career choice, or launching a new passion. It's incredibly rewarding."
"I had an amazing time writing and recording a song with the students. In all honesty, I kind of expected that. I expected the students to write some great stuff, be engaged in the process, and for their eyes to light up in the recording studio. What I was not prepared for was what happened when I got back to Nashville and listened to the song. The unabashed spirit and joy in their voices flew right off of the speakers and reminded me of what music is all about. It's food for the soul, and right now mine feels like it's Thanksgiving and it just had seconds."
"I like about today because we wrote two poems, and we wrote answers to the questions. That's what made it so fun, but the best part is when we wrote the two poems...We got to see Dave again for the third time, and this is my second time in the best recording studio! We're signing a ball for Dave, to say thank you for letting us come. THANK YOU DAVE!"
"I wish there was a program like this when I was younger - to be able to look into a budding artist's eyes and tell him or her that what they're doing is great - it's an amazing thing to be a part of. Being able to steer students through an ultimate expression is invaluable, and it makes me a better person. I am certainly dedicated to youth mentoring, and the ASCAP Songwriter Residency has allowed my creativity to blossom as well."
VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the recording studios and other industry professionals who supported the program by donating their services: Shock City Studios, St Louis, MO; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta GA; The Village Studios, LA, CA; Sugarbox Studios hosted by Goodpenny, NYC; Downtown Music Studios, NYC; Mediatech Institute at MaxiMedia Studios, Dallas, TX; Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; Side 3 Studios, Denver, CO; Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, CA; Tanner Monagle Studio, Milwaukee, WI; Q Division Studios, Boston, MA; Blue House Productions Studio, Washington, DC; Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, WA; Child Support CD artwork, web design & videos by Charm Lab, mixed by Engine Studios and Mulatto Patriot Productions, mastered by Mulatto Patriot Productions, Chicago IL; Volume 5 CD videos by Hanna Stenson, CD mastered by Cliff Goldmacher, Sonoma, CA; CD manufacturing, A to Z Media, New York, NY.
America SCORES is a national non-profit that partners with urban schools in 15 cities across the nation to provide a high quality after-school program that integrates poetry, soccer and service-learning. Using teamwork as a unifying value, America SCORES' mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. America SCORES innovative and holistic approach to youth development encourages creative expression among youth while improving their health, academic achievement and civic engagement. Participants show significantly improved physical fitness, higher school attendance rates, and increased self confidence after just one season in the program. www.AmericaSCORES.org.
The ASCAP Foundation funds the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, is supported by contributions, bequests, and grants from ASCAP members, other Foundations and the general public. We welcome your contributions which are tax deductable to the full extent allowed by law. www.ascapfoundation.org.