S.T.A.R.S. students and musicians from all over the state of Ohio come together to perform Beautiful by Grammy Nominee Mali Music.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 24, 2020—In response to current events, Central Ohio based nonprofit focused on music education and personal development S.T.A.R.S., Striving to Achieve Real Success, has released a music video tribute to Ohio called “Ohio You’re Beautiful”. The video uses the song Beautiful by Grammy Nominee Mali Music.
“The inspiration behind the video came to me as I was watching the news and social media,” said S.T.A.R.S. Founder and Executive Director Chris Powell. “There is so much hurt right now, and I firmly believe music heals the soul—I knew we needed to do something as an organization, and music is what we do best.”
Powell organized his students, faculty, as well as musicians from all over the state of Ohio, and with a little brainstorming, Ohio, You’re Beautiful was born. The entire video was produced in less than 3 weeks from start to finish. “It took an amazing village of talented professionals and eager students working around the clock,” said Powell.
The video highlights the themes of unity, peace, and love and features not just program students and musicians, but also Ohio landmarks, cities, communities, and inspirational Ohioans of past and present.
“Our organization believes in the life-changing impact of music. It’s what we develop and encourage every day. We hope this video will help heal and inspire our beautiful state.”
Since 2001, S.T.A.R.S., Striving to Achieve Real Success, invests in music education and talent/personal development primarily in under-served communities in Central Ohio and beyond. The program is open to students, 11-22, interested in any aspect of the music industry from music recording to engineering. to graphic design. Entry to the program is accepted on a continuous bases and determined by audition and/or portfolio. The program is offered free of charge through the support and generosity of donors. For more information or to make a donation to S.T.A.R.S., please visit starsworldwide.org.
About S.T.A.R.S Founder and Executive Director Chris Powell
Chris Powell is an accomplished American Singer, Songwriter, and Producer. Highlights of Chris Powell’s portfolio include Rick James, Stevie Wonder, Destiny’s Child (Beyonce’ & Kelly Rowland), Paula Abdul, Troop, and Teen Dream. A former member and producer of the group Koko-Pop with Motown Records, Powell began his career in Columbus, Ohio, as a saxophone player and vocalist with a band called the Soul Superbs. Their hit single, Just Ask Me, took them to Los Angeles where they became known as Nytro and signed with the legendary songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield.
Family brought Powell back to Columbus where he shifted his focus to helping aspiring youth find their “voice” and created the nonprofit S.T.A.R.S. in 1997. Since then, he has helped many reach national levels including Fatty Koo, Tyshawn Colquitt, Deshawn Goncalves, and more.
S.T.A.R.S. Contact Information and Social Media
Address: 115 Wilson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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