AY Young is a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, producer, singer, songwriter, entertainer, and entrepreneur. He first began writing poetry at 14, a reaction to the great disparity in Kansas City known as “the Troost divide”
While touring the USA, AY learned that over 1 billion people lack access to electricity. So AY began powering concerts using renewable energy, raising awareness about sustainability, and fundraising to bring people electricity. Thus, the Battery Tour was born and has plugged in 17 countries to date.
AY landed on The X Factor TV show in 2012 and received four ‘YES’. Inspired, AY hit the streets performing his original music, garnering a grassroots following and has played with artists Wiz Khalifa, SHAGGY, T-Pain, Flo-rida, Aaron Carter and others.
Project 17 so far
As UN Young leader for SDGs, AY began developing “Project 17” a music album based on United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Each of the 17 songs will represent a different goal with features from 17 prominent recording artists.
Each song from project 17 will have a corporate sponsor. Companies including Samsung, Verizon, and ENEL Green Power have all aided in sponsoring a song so far.
“Project 17” will have 17 Impact partners to execute the legacy projects that impact the various SDGs. Organizations including EarthX, Reverb, Oceanic Global, the Regeneration, & Simpliphi Power have already partnered with AY & Battery Tour
Scheduled for release in April 2022, the first singles from “Project 17”, songs: “Regeneration” & “AYO” is set to premiere in the Netflix documentary “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” season 2 alongside AY’s independent release.
Well done AY!!