27 Oct Rapping for a brighter future
In 2015 rap artist D.Minor (real name Daniel) was invited to represent Australia at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach California. With help from the Uniting aftercare program in Western Sydney and our Youth Education Support and Scholarship Scheme (YESSS), Daniel was able to travel to the USA and perform one of his original compositions. He was awarded the gold medal in the Vocal Rap division.
On his return, D.Minor was appointed ambassador of Parramatta City by the Lord Mayor, performed as a special guest at the Parramatta City Council’s New Year and Christmas events and was the closing act at the Parramatta Day annual Talent Quest. He has also performed at several Youth Homeless Week festivities and the ‘Big Day Out’ music festival in 2013.
But life didn’t start out easily for Daniel. He spent much of his younger years escaping neglectful and violent family situations. He was often disengaged from school and on several occasions found himself in trouble with various authorities. Eventually he found himself living in a Uniting out-of-home care residence for young people who aren’t able to live with their families.
When he turned 18, Daniel engaged with Uniting Burnside After Care in Western Sydney. He participated in volunteer roles helping other young people in out-of-home care and eventually auditioned for a placement at the Australian Institute of Music. He was successful and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Production).
“This year I returned to the world championships of performing arts in Los Angeles,” said Daniel. “I was invited back to perform an original song I wrote for the championships at the opening ceremony in Long Beach, California. It was awesome being back in LA. I have many exciting things planned for when I return in 2017.”
Daniel still works closely with his Uniting aftercare caseworker and YESSS as he continues to advance his career in the music industry and encourage other young people in out-of-home care to work hard to achieve their own goals.
YESSS is a Uniting program that assists young people who are leaving, or have left, out-of-home care programs to study at TAFE, university, private tertiary institutions or return to complete secondary studies, knowing they have extra support to fulfil their educational goals. Find out more about Uniting aftercare services.