Music star visits Newton High School

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Last week Kalenna Harper from the popular music group Diddy Dirty Money that stars Sean "P. Diddy" Combs spoke to Quinita Morrow's Entrepreneurial Ventures Class at Newton High School on the importance of owning their own business.

Aside from Harper being a multi-platinum recording artist, she is also an entrepreneur. She started writing songs at 11, when she would accompany her father, a rapper and army man, into the studio. As a military daughter, she moved often, living in diverse locations, including Alaska, Germany and Hawaii. In music, she found a home for herself even as home was constantly changing. "Growing up, I understood how music brings people together; how it can heal and comfort," Harper said.

She eventually channeled her talent for song writing into a successful career penning hits for Jill Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Timbaland and multi-platinum producer Rodney Jerkins. Not only did she share with the students her personal experiences, she also signed autograph CDs for each of them. Pictured is Harper with students from the class.