MusicsEnergy? is a wonderful program implemented by HERE’S 2 LIFE, INC. - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that specializes in creative communication combining education and entertainment to enlighten, inform and inspire.
MusicsEnergy? capitalizes on the power of music as a medium of creative communication inspiring young people to create songs that are appealing to their peers and that emit positive energy in the form of lyrics, spoken word and music composition. We impart sound inspiration for generations?.
The program is delivered via curriculum-driven interactive workshops that include information about the essential elements of songwriting. In workshop, we address how elements of music such as harmony, rhythm and tone characterize the state of being in balanced and well. Indeed, music emits energy that impacts us on many levels. Live performances are an integral component of MusicsEnergy?. Professional musicians and recording artists present a wide range of musical genres in a separate component of MusicsEnergy? called MusicsEnergy-Live!?. In addition, workshop participants may access our custom-developed electronic vault of award winning songs, lyrics and key industry information.
Julian Owens was introduced to piano by his grandmother at the age of five and has been creating original music since then. He is a singer, songwriter and composer who performs and produces a unique blend of inspirational music touching on many genres. Julian’s debut CD: ‘Here’s Life – Volume I’ is a blend of soulful jazz, contemporary gospel and soothing-hip-hop. His recordings are aired on select radio stations across the United States and abroad.
Like many of those who inspire his music, Julian composes, writes and produces his own music, as well as enjoys collaborating with others.
In addition to being a musical prodigy, Julian is a scholar as well. He studied classical music and drama at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, graduated with honors from Morehouse College with a Bachelors of Arts degree, and received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
In 1999, Julian founded HERE’S 2 LIFE, INC. - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in creative communication combining education and entertainment to enlighten, inform and inspire.
Jay 'Gideon' Graham
William Smith, Ph.D.
Guest Presenter / Performer
William E. Smith holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, a MM in jazz composition and a BM in jazz studies from Howard University. He has performed and recorded with many ensembles in a variety of genres, and has led his own traditional jazz group, the W.E.S. Group, for ten years. Some of the individuals he has performed or recorded with include: James Moody, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Fred Hammond, and Hezekiah Walker. He has also composed music for a PBS documentary entitled "Across the River" (a documentary on the community in Anacostia, southeast Washington, DC).?
With education as his focal point, Smith conducts the AU Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in jazz history, rock history, and music appreciation. He is a frequent lecturer and clinician in jazz, hip-hop, and the music industry. His dissertation on hip-hop and its relationship with performance and ritual was completed with fellowship assistance from the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora.