On April 28th, ASCAP members and celebrities put youth in the spotlight at STL Celebrity Voices, a fundraising event benefiting America SCORES St. Louis.
Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson and renowned talk show host McGraw Milhaven, the event featured prominent songwriters, authors and athletes performing original co-written music and poetry with America SCORES youth, in honor of National Poetry Month. ASCAP members Dave Berg and Alonzo “Zo” Lee performed original music they co-wrote and produced with America SCORES students.
ASCAP’s Sue Devine received the Legacy Award, honoring her support of young artists nationally by spearheading the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. America SCORES and ASCAP have partnered for six years on this national program, which inspired STL Celebrity Voices. The residency engages prominent songwriters to co-write music with America SCORES poets in 13 U.S. cities, serving over 350 students annually across the country.
The first annual STL Celebrity Voices also featured multi-platinum engineer Carl Nappa, recording artists Seviin Li and Golden, Trak Starz rapper Flo, bestselling children's author Amy Sklansky, exclusive video appearances by St. Louis Cardinals player Lance Berkman and author Stephen King and more.
All proceeds benefited America SCORES St. Louis, a non-profit youth development program that brings music, poetry, soccer and service-learning to urban youth.
Watch Berg and America SCORES student Triniya rehearse the song they performed together at the event:
For more information about the event, visit www.stlcelebrityvoices.org.
For more information about America SCORES St. Louis, visit www.americascoresstlouis.org.
Dave Berg, ASCAP's Sue Devine and America SCORES student DeMontre at STL Celebrity Voices
Pictured (l-r): America SCORES St. Louis' Serena Muhammed and Teresa Von Stamwitz; songwriter/artist Flo, Alonzo "Zo" Lee of The Trak Starz; writer/producer/musician Tovan, ASCAP's Sue Devine, Dave Berg and America SCORES' Kathleen Hudson.