Juanes took a trip back to his home city of Medellín on Monday to participate in the World Urban Forum VII.
The 41-year-old singer grew up during some of the worst times in the Colombian city and at the Forum he spoke to a group of youngsters all about it.
“At 15 years of age, I had to live the most tumultuous Medellín in history. A very difficult Medellín: filled with bombs, murders, kidnappings,” Juanes said at the World Youth Assembly, according to The Huffington Post.
“There, I lost a lot of friends and family members.”
Juanes, who formed a rock band called Ekhymosis as a teen, said music was his savior.
“It was the first exercise in which I would sit and think about the city, we were filled with questions, doubts, rage of what was going in Medellín and how we could cure ourselves from what we were living,” Juanes told the group.
“Music was the lifesaver [in a city] without opportunities.”
Juanes released his sixth studio album, Loco de Amor, last month!