Grammy-Nominated Songwriter/Producer
Chris Henderson to Write and Record with Inner City School Kids in Atlanta

ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES Continues to Inspire Kids in Underserved Neighborhoods

Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson

New York, NY, November 29, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and America SCORES are pleased to announce that Grammy–nominated songwriter/producer Chris Henderson has enrolled in ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a national songwriting mentorship program that gives ASCAP songwriters and composers a platform to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring inner city school kids through songwriting and recording.

As part of the program, ASCAP selects its talented members, ranging from rising stars to Grammy Award–winning artists, to collaborate with SCORES kids over three two–hour sessions: co–writing a song during the first two sessions and recording it in a professional studio during the third session. ASCAP's songwriters have been very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the SCORES kids and support their local communities, and the Songwriter Residency has been a very effective addition to America SCORES' year–round, nationally acclaimed programming agenda of engaging and inspiring kids in underserved neighborhoods. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

Henderson will lead songwriting classes with kids at Carter G. Woodson Elementary (1605 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Atlanta, GA) on December 1 and 2, 2010. Henderson and the students will then go to Icon Studios (710 Berkeley Ave NW, Atlanta, GA) on December 6, 2010 to record the song. The finished song will be included on a special compilation CD that ASCAP produces, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers.

Commenting on the program, Henderson said: "I think it's important for all people to find their passion in life and the key to finding one's passion is exposure. Early exposure is the best for young people to find focus and set attainable goals. That's why I believe we must instill in our youth at an early age that anything is possible. Through creative tools like music, poetry and songwriting, young people's imaginations are activated and encouraged to explore endless possibilities."

Chris "Deep" Henderson, recognized as one of the top 20 hot R&B/Hip–Hop producers by Billboard Magazine, has produced and written on several platinum and multi–platinum albums and soundtracks for artists like Jamie Foxx ("Blame It"), R Kelly ("The Greatest Sex"), Trey Songz ("Be Where You Are") and many others. At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Jamie Foxx's "Blame It", written and produced by Henderson, won "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group." Living and working in Atlanta, Henderson is currently in the studio collaborating with new, up–and–coming acts.

This year's program also features critically–acclaimed band The Great Unknown (EP: The New Skin) in five cities; Latin Grammy Award–winning songwriter Claudia Brant (Luis Fonsi, Carlos Santana) and songwriting/production duo Da Internz (Justin Bieber, John Legend) in Los Angeles, CA; Grammy–nominated songwriter Odie Blackmon (George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) in St. Louis, MO; R&B singer/songwriter and So So Def/Island Music recording artist Dondria (debut album: Dondria vs Phatfffat) in Dallas, TX; and Grammy–nominated songwriter/producer The Legendary Traxster (Ludacris, Twista) in Chicago, IL.

To listen to the songs created during last year's program, view photos and more, please visit: http://www.ascap.com/playback/2010/07/ACTION/American_Scores.aspx

About America SCORES: America SCORES is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use soccer and poetry to inspire among urban youth a lasting dedication to health, literacy, and community service. America SCORES operates soccer teams in urban public schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country. Teamwork developed on the field is translated to the classroom and the community. The program operates five days per week after–school and has recently been recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the most administratively efficient nonprofits in the country. For more information, visit www.AmericaSCORES.org.

About The ASCAP Foundation: Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org