Kara DioGuardi Announces Phoenix House Teens as Songwriting Contest Winners

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Today marks the start of NIDA’s National Drug Facts Week, designed to shatter myths and spread the facts about drug abuse and addiction. This morning, singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi, the creator of our Phoenix Rising Music Program, made this year’s kickoff especially memorable.  Appearing on Fox & Friends, Kara announced that two talented teens from our Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles had won the MusiCares/GRAMMY Foundation’s Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest.

Kara called “Like a Phoenix,” their winning entry, “an incredible song” that captures “what these kids have been dealing with and how they’re overcoming it.” Describing the power of creative expression, she added, “We…built these studios to give these kids a place to download their emotions, where they’re not judged, and where the music inspires them to talk about things that they sometimes don’t even want to talk about in therapy.”

We could not be more proud of these amazing young musicians, and we thank Kara for creating the space for them to nurture their talent.  Click here to listen to “Like a Phoenix.”

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