"Dr. Phil" Show To Focus On Music Education
Dr. Phil McGraw, the GRAMMY Foundation and Gibson Guitar have partnered to present an episode of the highly rated "Dr. Phil" television show dedicated to "The Power Of Music," which will air July 18. The show features performances by entertainer Brian McKnight; 14-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter/performer David Foster; country sensation and cancer survivor Kevin Sharp, who credits music with literally saving his life; The Crenshaw Elite High School Choir; and "The Levite Camp" of Fred Martin's Urban Entertainment Institute.
"When we discovered that Dr. Phil shared a personal passion for the mission of the GRAMMY Foundation, we began discussing ways to do something meaningful in support of music education," said David Foster, chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Board. "We hope the show is just the first step in many more activities to keep this important issue at the front of people's minds."
The GRAMMY Foundation and the "Dr. Phil" show staff screened a series of videotapes submitted by aspiring, young musicians and chose 14-year-old Dominique Johnson to receive a scholarship to the inaugural GRAMMY Camp this summer and a performance slot on this episode of the "Dr. Phil" show, accompanied by Foster. GRAMMY Camp is a nine-day interactive learning experience for high school students.
Also on the show, Jordan McGraw, Dr. Phil's son, plays his Gibson Guitar with his new band via videotape, and 12-year-old Kiki Freebury returns to the show where she had been presented her first Gibson Guitar in 2004 to pursue her dreams of performing. She is now not only proficient on the instrument, but her parents are also pleased at her academic improvement and the positive effect music has had on her self-esteem.
"Studies show that music increases student academic achievement, builds discipline and other skills necessary for workplace success, and decreases negative behavior by at-risk youth," stated Dr. Phil. "The GRAMMY Foundation and I are on a mission to ensure that we keep and support music programs in our schools."
During the show, Dr. Phil asks his viewers to let their voices be heard by visiting www.grammyfoundation.com, where a letter can automatically be sent to their local and national elected leaders in support of music education.
"We have worked for many years with the great leaders in Congress who have been stalwart supporters of music and arts education," said Neil Portnow, President of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. "But the power of thousands of letters from local constituents will add immeasurable strength to our message. We thank Dr. Phil for joining with us in support of this vital mission."