When an unassuming Los Angeles inner-city youth won the D.A.R.E America songwriting contest, he had no idea how much winning would change his life and make his dreams begin to manifest themselves.
Earlier this month, D.A.R.E.’s CEO Frank Pegueros presented Brandon Archer, an 18-year old drug-free youth from the Los Angeles area, the opportunity to record an entire album at the state of-the art Wavaflow Studios in L.A., after Brandon submitting the winning essay and an original rap song with a positive message.
The contest was a joint effort on behalf of D.A.R.E. America and Wavaflow Studios to encourage youth to remain drug free and pursue positive goals in music and the arts.
When Brandon — who goes by the rap moniker “B. Arch” — found out about what he’d won, he was in utter amazement. He toured the state of the art facility with his family and friends who came to share in and support him in receiving his award. He even stepped into the booth to treat everyone to a celebratory freestyle.
He also got the chance to visit KIIS-FM radio station to interview with “Boy Toy” Jesse Lozano to talk about his achievement.
With everything in place, B Arch is set to immediately begin recording his debut project with Wavaflow Studios owner and producer Wagner Fulco, whose worked as a recording engineer for the likes of Elton John, Ziggy Marley, Hans Zimmer, Alanis Morissette, Bob Dylan.
He opened WavaFlow Studios in LA in 2006, renovating the former mansion of the late Brazilian singer/actress, Carmen Miranda and creating a pre and post-production facility for musical recording as well as film/TV editing.
B Arch and Wagner Fulco discuss D.A.R.E.
B Arch presented with plaque
The contest was a search for a Los Angeles area youth (under 25), who is aspiring to have a career in the music business as an artist, but they also had to live a drug-free life.