Ocean County Teen To Perform In Drug Prevention Music Competition

Lily Targett

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP – A Long Beach Township teen has earned a spot in the 14th annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Prevention Concert, hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) with her original song about substance abuse.

Southern Regional High School freshman, Lily Targett, will represent Ocean County as a finalist in the statewide program with her original song entitled “Don’t Do It.” The Program challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful messages about substance use and prevention.

Targett is one of 32 students comprising 18 musical acts who will perform at the Prevention Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Daytop New Jersey in Mendham.

The finalists are selected by an independent panel of judges and public online voting. These 18 individuals will compete for a prize of $10,000 in music contracts.

“The 2018 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs participants have displayed not only creativity and musical talent, but also determination to make a difference in the lives of their peers by using their talent to spread important messages of prevention,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “Shout Down Drugs is unique because it allows young people to be peer leaders in a positive and creative way. It’s a wonderful opportunity for these teens to inspire their peers, as well as adults, with their passionate messages of substance use prevention.”


You can vote for Targett’s song on ShoutDownDrugs.com until April 26. On the website, you can also find profiles of all the finalists and cast votes for your favorite songs. These results will be factored into the finalists’ scores on the night of the concert.

Bert Baron, morning talk show host on 1450 WCTC, will serve as the master of ceremonies at the concert.

Tickets are free but must be reserved at ShoutDownDrugs.com or by calling 973-467-2100 ext. 19.