We at Phoenix Houses of Texas want to show our gratitude for Westlake Pro’s generous donation to our Phoenix Rising Music Program in Austin. After some of our equipment broke, they graciously offered to replace our old recording equipment with a brand new digital interface.
Phoenix Rising, created by Kara DioGuardi, is Phoenix House’s music therapy program for adolescents from our Academy of Austin. (We have other Phoenix Rising studios at our Los Angeles and New York academies, and a fourth on the way in Florida!) In April 2012, Matt Smith was brought onto Austin’s Phoenix Rising Program as the Music and Studio Director. After a long and successful music career, Matt Smith found a life-changing experience in working with Phoenix House and watching our young clients come alive in the studio:
As a long time professional musician and music producer I’ve worked with many great artists. I can honestly say the music the clients at Phoenix House are creating in the Studio is the most important, honest, powerful music I’ve ever been involved with. Time and time again I’ve seen young men and women break through insecurities and fear to rise to the challenge of facing their demons through the medium of music. Every aspect of the music is written, performed and recorded by the clients of Phoenix House. They learn they can do something seemingly unattainable, building confidence and giving them a new outlet for their emotions.
~Matt Smith, Music/Studio Director
With Matt’s expertise and guidance, the clients of the Academy of Austin’s Phoenix Rising Music Program are recording two sessions a day and producing two songs a week—including a very powerful piece entitled, “Changing the World.”
Listen to “Changing the World” here.
It’s inspiring to hear these youth working through their recovery at Phoenix Rising. And without friends and support like Westlake Pro, programs like Austin’s Phoenix Rising wouldn’t be possible. We at Phoenix Houses of Texas are incredibly grateful. As Matt Smith said, “They have been amazing. All the people at Westlake Pro are wonderful and supportive. They’re really behind the program.”