Salem teens head to 61st Annual Grammy Awards for songs about addiction, mental health


Andrew “Chowder” McMains, David “Big D.A.Q.” Bond and Caleb “lil Gordito” McDonald are three Salem teens rapping their way into the music industry with songs about addiction and mental health.

They’ve been recognized for songs they submitted to the national Teens Make Music competition, hosted by California charity MusiCares.

McMains’ and Bond’s song won first place and McDonald’s took third. All three will fly to Los Angeles to attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

Read about the boys and their journey here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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