The Stars Of Chattanooga Perform At Riverbend Wednesday

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Stars of Chattanooga, ages 13-22 years old from various neighborhoods of Chattanooga, will perform live on the VW Stage on Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m.  These up-and-coming artists, many with little to no experience, wrote, recorded and produced over a dozen songs at the city’s South Chattanooga YFD Center recording studio.  

This year’s artists feature more diversity, including singer songwriters and blues artist from city of Chattanooga’s Heritage House in East Brainerd. On Wednesday, each artist will perform his or her songs, on one of the biggest stages at Riverbend. 

The Stars of Chattanooga, a youth development group, created in fall of 2012 by the Department of Youth and Family Development (formally Parks and Recreation), has provided exposure and opportunity to over 30 artists as young as 8-years-old, who have written, recorded and produced their own music of choice. Several artists began simply with a piece of paper and an idea, before producing their own song.  

The 2013’s inaugural CD featured songs, ranging from those written about violence that the artists had seen themselves, to social issues and lyrics of confidence.  The 2014’s CD will be released at this year’s Riverbend performance and features similar messages, including a compilation song, mixing acoustic, blues, R&B, dance and hip hop, highlighting unity between the artists.  

Each song was screened, making sure lyrics were not offensive, and each artist is required to follow a set of rules while a part of the program. These rules include intolerance of misconduct, attendance, respect for others and respect for oneself, among others. Members of the 2013 inaugural Stars of Chattanooga, along with Power 94’s Big Tula have served as mentors to the incoming artists.

The program serves as both an educational and possible career development path. Recently, famed producer and songwriter, Thomas Paden, who has written for Reba McEntire, George Strait, Kenny Rodgers and others, sat down with the youth, discussing his role in the music industry. 

Riverbend officials said, "The Stars of Chattanooga, ages 13-22 years old from various neighborhoods of Chattanooga, will perform live on the VW Stage. These up-and-coming artists, many with little to no experience, wrote, recorded and produced over a dozen songs at the City's South Chattanooga YFD Center recording studio. This year's artists feature more diversity, including singer song writers and blues artist from City of Chattanooga's Heritage House in East Brainerd. On Wednesday, each artist will perform his or her songs, on one of the biggest stages at Riverbend."

"Riverbend has a long history of providing opportunity and a diverse selection of music to it's guests" said Amy Morrow, with Friends of the Festival. "These young local artists are creating their own music, coming together from different communities and working as a team. When we first heard about the program, and the quality of the music, it was our honor to give them the one thing they needed, an opportunity to be heard."

 

The Stars of Chattanooga, a youth development group, created in fall of 2012 by the Department of Youth and Family Development (formally Parks and Recreation), has provided exposure and opportunity to over 30 artists as young as 8 years old, who have written, recorded and produced their own music of choice. Several artists began simply with a piece of paper and an idea, before producing their own song. 2013's inaugural CD featured songs, ranging from those written about violence that the artists had seen themselves, to social issues and lyrics of confidence. 2014's CD will be released at this year's Riverbend performance and features similar messages, including a compilation song, mixing acoustic, blues, R&B, dance and hip hop, highlighting unity between the artists.

 

Both 2013 and 2014 Stars of Chattanooga CDs are available at South Chattanooga YFD Center at 1151 West 40th street in St. Elmo, on the night of their Riverbend Performance.



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