Mainland Regional High School senior Jeff Toth, of Northfield, composed and sang his way into third place in the statewide Shout Down Drugs original song competition.
He competed against 12 other performers May 19 at the Nicholas Music Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in a contest that was open to solo artists, duets and bands covering all genres of music as long as the song carried a strong anti-drug message.
His original song, “This is the Day I Walk Away,” earned him a $2,000 performance contract and the opportunity to have his music heard all over the Garden State at different events.
Toth, a self-taught musician, said the toughest thing is to get your music heard and the chance to play at events all over the state and support the anti-drug effort is something he is very excited about.
The Shout Down Drugs NJ winners include Michelle Yu, a Cresskill High School student, and Lindsay Masterson, a student at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, who were named the first-place winners for their original song, “Into the Light,” written by Michelle and performed by Lindsay.
Taylor Van Cleave, a Bergen County student at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, was selected as the second-place winner for his original song, “Aftermath.”
The dates and locations of the performances are still being finalized but will be listed at jefftoth.net.