Teens Speak Out Through Song

Seven youth artist groups from across the country have released original songs to raise awareness of teen dating violence with the PAVE the Way Project

The artists will compete to win the opportunity to perform on a recording of a new song written by GRAMMY® award winner Salvador Santana, collaborating alongside his father, 10-time GRAMMY®  award winner, Carlos Santana.   The public will choose the winner, and beginning today through June 12, fans can vote for their favorite song and artist.

Most of the artists who submitted songs to the Project drew on their experiences of having witnessed unhealthy relationships  firsthand, helping them understand that it is important for teens not to feel alone if they are in a bad relationship .  One of the other goals of the Project is to help teens understand they have options to talk about their experiences and places to go for help.  Each artist shares a passion for helping others, especially other teens, understand the dangers of dating abuse.

Started in April, the PAVE the Way Project is a nationwide campaign designed to empower youth through pop music.  Musicians, ages 13 to 20, contributed original songs to the project as a way to talk with  their peers about healthy and unhealthy relationships. 

All seven songs are available for free* from the campaign website, and each artist recorded a video message about their involvement in the campaign.  These youth artists come from all four corners of the United States, and their styles range from pop to country, to alternative rock and R&B/soul. 

Voting begins today; and more information about the contest and the powerful songs is available online

* Data charges may apply for download.