R&B singer/songwriter Lyfe Jennings visited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Richard England Clubhouse No. 14 on March 25. The Ohio native spoke to local teens about his experience growing up in the inner city and his incarceration at 14.

While spending 10 years in jail for arson, Jennings perfected his craft and began writing songs, performing at clubs and collaborating with other artists. He went on to release three albums, Lyfe 268-192, The Phoenix and Lyfe Change, and is slated to release another LP in May.

With his signature raspy voice and socially conscious lyrics, Jennings has sold over 1.1 million CDs in the United States to date.