A music program at the Boys & Girls Club is hitting a high note with its kids.
The Armstrong Youth Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony in July for a new recording studio. Now the kids are off and running, recording original songs and mixes of popular songs.
The C.A.R.E program raised $4,600 from the Village Fest and used the money to donate to the Boys and Girls Club for all the equipment.
Activity leader and rap artist Nick Macumba has been working with kids beginning with the writing process.
"We write all the lyrics in the library and from the library they get to come in the studio. Once I see it sounds good enough to record, then we record," said Macumba.
This isn't just a chance for the kids to tap into their talents, but Macumba said it has given many of the members a new sense of confidence.
"I used to be shy about it but I just got over it," said member Justin Reed.
No matter what their skills are, Macumba said each kid gets to touch the mic at least once.
The kids have already completed 10 original songs they plan to put on a CD. The club plans to add more equipment and enhance the studio further over the next couple years with money raised from their album.