August 27, 2012

Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter/Producer Alonzo "Zo" Lee to Record with Students in St. Louis

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

Alonzo "Zo" Lee

An America SCORES St. Louis student and Alonzo "Zo" Lee

New York, NY, August 27, 2012: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and America SCORES are pleased to announce that this Thursday, August 30, 2012, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Alonzo “Zo” Lee (Ludacris, Britney Spears) will record a song with the students of America SCORES St. Louis as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program funded by The ASCAP Foundation that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

The song, “I Believe In Me,” was written and produced by Zo, Tendai for The Trak Starz/Starz Angels and America SCORES students from 14 cities across the nation. It will feature Psalm One (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Flo (Trak Starz Records) and the America SCORES St. Louis students, and will be recorded at ex'treme institute by Nelly with multi-platinum engineer Carl Nappa (Nelly, N'SYNC) at the helm.

Commenting on the program, Zo said: "I'm really looking forward to working in the studio with the students of America SCORES St. Louis. Getting to know and write with these kids all across the country was an experience like no other. Music is such a powerful thing, and programs like the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES can give kids the voice and spark that is sometimes overlooked in the classroom. I know we’re going to leave the studio with something great.”

"I Believe In Me" will be the next single on the Psalm One/ASCAP Songwriter Residency album Child Support, to be released on September 25. To pre-order, preview and see videos from Child Support, please visit bit.ly/scoreschildsupport.

Furthering the excitement behind this recording session, “I Believe In Me” will serve as the national theme song for The Great America SCORES Soccer Dribble, a joint effort between America SCORES organizations in ten U.S. cities, formed with the goal to beat the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The Great America SCORES Soccer Dribble benefits America SCORES youth and engages the local and national community in their mission to inspire youth to lead healthy lives. Participating cities include Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Portland, Milwaukee, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and St. Louis. The Great America SCORES Soccer Dribble will take place on September 29, 2012.

Established in 2006, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES has brought more than 30 songwriters to 12 cities across the country. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, funds the program. For more information, please visit: www.ascap.com/Songwriter-Residency.

About America SCORES
Founded in 1994, America SCORES is a national youth development non-profit that serves urban youth in under-resourced public schools in 15 cities across the nation. America SCORES provides 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

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 for songwriters, composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 450,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.www.ascap.com

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