Musical contest sends message on substance abuse

The “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs competition,” organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDNFJ), is a platform for high-school students to showcase their musical talents while sending a message about substance use prevention.

As the competition gears up for its 20th season, PDNFJ showcased some inspiring journeys from last year’s winners.

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Jordan Wilson of Lawrenceville clinched the first-place title with his song “Intervention Intentions.” Wilson recalled the whirlwind of opportunities that followed his victory.

“After I won the contest, it immediately followed with radio interviews, my song getting played on the radio, newspaper interviews, articles, and more,” he noted. He added that perhaps the most memorable moment was his performance at the Delaware Juneteenth celebration.

“It was an amazing time,” he remembered.

Matthew DiTizio of Egg Harbor Township secured third place with his performance of the song “Revealed.” He recalled how the competition was an unforgettable experience that also opened doors for him.

“After winning the contest, I was actually connected with a few other artists who I’ve been able to work with,” he said. His group, GardenGuyz1026, was interviewed by the press and addressed creative freedom.

The “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey” competition is supported by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) and radio station 95.9 WRAT. This year’s entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 24.

A panel of judges will select the finalists, whose songs will then be broadcast on radio station 95.9 FM during a competition concert on Wednesday, May 8. Winners will be announced live on 95.9 FM at the concert’s conclusion.

Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place songs. The top performer will secure a $5,000 music contract, while the second- and third-place recipients will be awarded contracts valued at $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.

For competition rules and entry details, visit

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