Atlanta teen works on dream of making music with non-profit organization

ATLANTA, Georgia. (CBS46) – Atlanta teens dreaming of becoming famous music producers and creatives are getting an incredible boost. If they can show that they are responsible and ready to show their potential, they get A-LIST help for free!

“When I met him, I knew this kid was special,” music producer Will Hodge told Willy Will.

With the right support, a 13-year-old from Atlanta is taking control of his future.

The non-profit organization is called Reaching Early Creatives. This is for students aged 13-18,” Hodge said.

I love making music. I like his creativity. I love being in the studio. It’s fun to see rappers rap to your beats and hear what they can come up with,” 13-year-old Tamai Pullen told MAPA.

Music is a vehicle.

He is a treasure. He’s one of those things that you don’t see often,” Hodge said.

Music is in Tamaj Pullen’s blood. His uncle is a famous music producer, the honorable CNOTE.

“My uncle wrote Signed, Sealed and Delivered,” CNOTE told CNOTE.

Thamadja’s mentors believe that the 13-year-old is doing something unique for himself. They also know that he needs support. At this point, Will intervened.

“I performed at a couple of churches and his mom got infected,” Hodge said.

Will started a project called Reaching Early Creatives.

“My mission was to provide underprivileged youth with the tools they need to reach their full creative potential; just using music as a vehicle for that,” Hodge said.

The organization was created to be what music was to Will as a child.

It saved my life. Being from the city center, many of my friends were doing things they shouldn’t be doing. Between church and music, it saved my life. It kept me out of bad situations,” Hodge said, “I stand firmly on my feet in society. I visit churches. I visit schools.”

The kids have to write an essay about why they want to be in the program, and Will takes it from there.

“All the important stuff related to engineering and mixing really helped me in my work, and all of this … for free,” Pullen said.

This is a program for creative, hardworking, young, dreamers.