Carteret High School alum will be joined by additional
performers; livestream event will include an inspirational discussion about
poetry, music, and wellness.
COUNTY, NJ – In celebration of
National Poetry Month, residents throughout Middlesex County and beyond are
invited to virtually attend an event featuring hip-hop “artist on the rise” and
Middlesex County native, CONY. The event is recommended for ages 16+ due to content
surrounding mental health challenges. It is free and open to the public via
livestream at https://tinyurl.com/TheyScreamCONY beginning at 6 pm on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
music has created a frenzy throughout the music industry. He became a household
name in 2014 when he released his famous remix of the song “WAVES” by Dutch
artist Mr. Probz, which skyrocketed and soon landed CONY on major platforms
including HOT97. In 2018, he signed a distribution deal with Equity Distro
under the RocNation umbrella where he released his first major music
compilation in 2019. He has been moving up the charts ever since and recently
worked with Grammy-award-winning producer Zaytoven.
is scheduled to move to Atlanta within the upcoming months to pursue new and
exciting opportunities. Before leaving, he wants to give back to Middlesex
County with a concert and discussion aimed specifically at those who may be
struggling with social pressures and mental health challenges enhanced by the
pandemic has heightened the need for additional mental health resources across
all communities and with school closings, many students are in a vulnerable
position,” said Lindsay Erben, director of the Arts Institute of Middlesex
County. “This is especially true for those students who depended upon their
school’s structure and environment as a safe space to meet their needs beyond
academics. This period has exposed inequity among our communities and underscores
our mission to leverage the arts and join our partners to provide hope, raise
awareness, and begin healing.”
born Marcony St. Juste, is a Carteret resident and graduate of Carteret High
School who fell in love with music at an early age. The untimely death of his
grandmother triggered emotional distress that led him to seek mental health
support from Pathways School Based Youth Service Program (SBYSP) in Carteret
High School. Pathways staff encouraged CONY to start journaling which launched
his passion for poetry, spoken word, and music. He found his strength through
writing and performing and is now passionate about sharing that connection with
other young people.
of mental health issues and outreach for support don’t always go hand in hand
within the hip-hop scene,” said CONY. “There is a lot of stigma
surrounding access and the challenges we all face. In addition, essential
resources are not always available to kids like me. Communities of color need
access to these services, now more than ever, and we need to feel comfortable
knowing that they are there for us.”
event will be broadcast via livestream from the NBPAC and will include
additional guest performances by fellow Carteret natives and Pathways alumni
including DJ Webb and dancer Gideon Abadilla. The evening will open with a
poetry reading by Ameerah Shabazz-Bilal, who is a teacher in the Newark Public
School system and author of the book “Breathing Through Concrete.” Germain
Brito, an internationally acclaimed trumpet player, will also perform.
headlining performance will be followed by an inspirational discussion on
poetry, music, and wellness with his mentor, Lauren Balkan, Pathways SBYSP
work daily to create a safe and structured environment within the school to
address the social and emotional heath of our students,” said Balkan.
“We believe that these resources should be available to all children and
especially to those living with heightened environmental challenges tied to
economics and other social pressures. We are inspired daily by kids like CONY
who are able to transform those challenges into strength and power.”
his participation in the show, CONY stated: “If it weren’t for Pathways
and for the arts, I wouldn’t be where I am today. No matter where I go, mental
health access is at the core of my story and remains a big part of my message.
I am happy to be able to give back and share my journey with others who may
need to hear it, especially right now.”
The event is presented by the
Arts Institute of Middlesex County in partnership with the New Brunswick
Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), New Brunswick Cultural Center’s Hub City
Sounds, and Pathways School Based Youth Services Program (in conjunction with
Wellspring Center for Prevention).
Livestreamed event from the NBPAC
April 15, 2021, 6 pm
For more information, please
or call 732-745-4489.