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Vote To Show Support For Local Teen Artist Picture Me Broken In The San Francisco Bay, California, Area

Winner in Nationwide Pop Music Competition for Dating Violence Awareness to record song with GRAMMY Award Winners Carlos and Salvador Santana

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May 30, 2012

Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com
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WALNUT CREEK, CA — Picture Me Broken from Redwood City is among the seven youth artist groups from across the country participating in a nationwide pop music competition. Beginning today, local fans are encouraged to show their support for Picture Me Broken by voting on the project’s website.

Launched April 10, the PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Through Education) the Way Project brings together competing teen musicians, aged 13 to 20, who share a passion for ending teen dating violence and are willing to share their stories.  Fans in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to vote for Picture Me Broken beginning today, until the voting period closes on June 12.  Voting is unlimited, and the winning artist will have the opportunity to perform in a recording of a new song written by Salvador Santana, collaborating alongside his father, 10-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Carlos Santana. 

“I am deeply honored to work together with the PAVE The Way Project,” said Carlos Santana.  “Along with my son, Salvador, this initiative lets us send a powerful message of light, love and healing through music, to help promote healthy thriving relationships to teenagers.”

Picture Me Broken recently released “Dependency” as part of the nationwide campaign raise awareness of teen dating violence with the PAVE the Way Project.  A collaboration between Verizon Wireless, Cornerstone, and MTE Inc., PAVE the Way is designed to promote healthy relationships and empower local teens to take a stand against dating violence through the expression of pop music. 

“The dedication that Picture Me Broken has put into this project to support such an important issue has made our community proud,” said Kevin Zavaglia, region president for Verizon Wireless.  “We encourage Bay Area residents to vote, and thank those involved for this support with this campaign.”

Picture Me Broken’s original song is available as a free download from the campaign’s website and can be checked out on Picture Me Broken’s web page, along with a personal video describing their involvement in the project and motivation behind getting involved.  For more information and to vote now, visit the campaign’s website at PAVE the Way Project.

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About Cornerstone
Cornerstone’s school-based violence prevention program teaches classes, conducts support groups and provides after-school individual mentorship to help students understand the dynamics of abusive relationships and enhance students’ abilities to build their own healthy relationships.  More information online at www.cornerstonemn.org

Music for Pave the Way – MTE, Inc
Executive Producer Jacqui Thompson developed the music concept and produced the overall project along with personally hand picking the artists being featured. MTE, Inc. is a boutique agency focused on management and artist development. More information at http://www.mtentinc.com/.


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