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Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee
Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

BOSTON -- A talented young singer from Atlanta is one of 16 aspiring musicians nationwide to win a full ride to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Robert Gould, who trains at the Little 5 Points Music Center, will head to Berklee to begin his studies this fall.

Recipients of the honor, the City Music College Scholarship, are musicians who have been accepted to Berklee and completed the school's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The school's City Music program brings music education to children in underserved communities across the United States.

"Every year, for the last 20 years, I am blown away by the power of music," J. Curtis Warner Jr., executive director of Berklee City Music, said in a statement. "When these (scholarship recipients) develop their talents and skills in music, you can see their confidence grow too, and with that, the potential for success is just limitless."

Thursday night, the 97 participants in this year's Summer Performance Program joined forces with recording artist Kris Allen to put on a concert in Boston.

"My passion is music education and my work with Music Empowers Foundation introduced me to this amazing network connected by Berklee City Music," said Allen, who won Season 8 of American Idol. "These kids are beyond talented, but it takes organizations like Berklee City Music to help them turn talent into a tool for success in life."

Learn more about Berklee City Music