Springfield High School ended their school week with a hometown concert by Tayvon Stephens, known professionally as Tay Da Prince.
He was accompanied by his father, Vaughn Anthony Stephens. They were joined by extended family member and former OSU quarterback Braxton Miller to shed light on gun violence, depression, and choices.
Tay Da Prince explained that his performance is all about, “spreading love and showing people that you don’t have to go down the wrong path, you can go down the right path and chase your goals - follow your dreams and still be you.”
This performance kicked off their “Love One Another” tour.
“Love One Another,” was written on Dec. 7, 2018 after Tay Da Prince witnessed the effects of gun violence on people he was close to.
His song is about telling people to come together and put their words into action, Tay Da Prince explained.
After the Dayton shooting, he and his father knew they needed a music video for the call to action.
He shot music videos in October and November alongside celebrities like his uncle John Legend, Master P, Jesse Jackson, Dionne Warwick, and Ken Kragen.
Kragen describes the song as “the new-age We Are The World,” Vaughn said.
“Working with celebrities like that was overwhelming, but I stayed me and told myself I belong here,” Tay Da Prince said. “I can’t wait to put it out, so everyone else can listen to it and enjoy it.”
He graduated two years ago from the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, but went to Springfield High School his freshman and sophomore years.
“Springfield is so special to me because it’s my hometown - I grew up here, I know a lot of people here,” he said. “I know they root for me and show a lot of love - I just want to pour that love back into the city.”
“Love One Another” is expected to debut in February.
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