Recording artist AY Young channels the power of music – literally


“We are all outlets for change,” Young told The Weather Channel.

singer and rapper AY Young has spent the past 10 years channeling the power of music and the energy of young people to improve the lives of others in quite a literal way.

The Kansas City native is the creator of the Battery Tour, a concert series that raises money to buy solar-powered battery boxes used to provide renewable electricity to people in developing countries.

He used the same boxes to generate all the electricity needed for his broadcasts.

Recording artist AY Young chats with The Weather Channel for his “Faces of Change” news series. (Credit: The Weather Channel)

“What I’ve been able to do is literally fuel entire gigs, but not just for an hour or 30 minutes, but for eight to 10 hours,” Young said recently. The weather channel for one of his last Faces of change news slices. “I almost fueled nearly 900 gigs this way.”

Young’s efforts have earned him recognition from world leaders at the United Nations, who last year added him to their 2020 class of young leaders working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

“I am one of the world’s young leaders and the only young leader representing the youth of the United States,” Young said.

Earlier this year, Young began developing his Global Goals album and roadshow. Slated for release in 2022, the album will feature 17 songs produced by Young and other artists.

Each song will highlight one of the 17 sustainability goals established by UN officials as part of their Project 17 initiative and Agenda 2030 plan. This plan established a series of sustainability benchmarks that citizens of the world must achieve by 2030.

These benchmarks include strategies to eradicate poverty, end hunger and reduce inequality, as well as methods to ensure affordable access to clean energy and clean water.

“I think we have to have music that carries the message in the music,” Young said. “Like, why can’t we have the lyrics and the message of the music that’s not about girls, butt and daddy daddy, you know? Or, ‘Yo, I got a lot of money’…

“Maybe it’s about collaborating or having that impact or being an outlet for change,” he continued. “And that’s what my music does.”

Young has spent much of 2021 spreading his message. In January, he performed a virtual concert for the president Joe Bideninauguration ball. Earlier this month, he performed at Hope in a heated planet event organized by TEDxSanFrancisco to promote actions taken to reduce climate change.

“I have this fundamental belief that everyone in the world, whether you’re a business, whether you’re an organization, whether you’re an individual, we’re all outlets for change,” he said. “If everyone is a plug, I have to build something to plug them in.”

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