Three original music compositions that focus on personal experiences living around drugs were the winners of the 2011 MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Through Music Contest.
The first-place prize went to Harvie and Amanda, two teens currently in treatment at the Phoenix House Academy in Los Angeles. The second-place winner was Kevin Simmons, a teen who created his song while in treatment at the Healing Lodge of Seven Nations, a residential center in Spokane Valley, Wash. The third-place prize went to 14-year-old Grant Davis, a student at Silver State High School in Carson City, Nev.
The music contest was created to celebrate National Drug Facts Week, a seven-day observance launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Sponsored by MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, the contest was open to teens ages 14–18. Entrants were asked to compose or create an original song and/or music video that explores, encourages and celebrates a healthy lifestyle or accurately depicts a story about drug abuse.
Composers of all three winning entries will have the opportunity to attend the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Backstage Experience, a special backstage tour that will give the teens a live view of artists rehearsing for the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles in February 2012. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.
First-place winner: "Like A Phoenix In The Air" by Harvie and Amanda
Second-place winner: "My Life" by Kevin Simmons
Third-place winner: "Just A Child" by Grant Davis