Recording studio owner keeps young people off streets through music therapy

"You can hear in their music, they're crying out for help," the studio owner said.


Reluctant music artists are finding their voices at Layor Tracks in Baltimore.

Ms. Keipa, the owner of the small recording studio, tries to help keep young people off the streets and turn pain into positive ways of expressing themselves.

"You can hear in their music, they're crying out for help," she said.

Keipa says a 10-year-old recently recorded a track with a meaningful message.

"He talked about his hurt, his pain," she said. "He talked about his little brother that passed away. So he's 10 and his little brother passed away. You can imagine how I felt hearing that come through that microphone. I felt his pain."

Keipa is also an artist who helps others improve their craft and get more exposure on social media. Two-hour recording sessions cost artists $30.

"It's not about the money, it's about time and having that time to talk to them and communicate with them about what's wrong," she said.

On the same day Keipa opened the studio in May, she said her family was touched by violence. Her sister was a bystander at a shooting and was shot in the head, but survived.

Keipa said the experience drove her even more to spread the word about the studio, which has words such as "we," "peace" and "power" painted on the walls.

"I see changes, I see commitment," she said. "They come back and they commit their time here, instead of going out, doing senseless acts."