Zelma Redding celebrates her 75th birthday

On October 7, 2017, Zelma Redding celebrated her 75th birthday with close friends and family. 

Zelma, president of the Otis Redding Foundation, continues to make sure her husband's dream and name live on. Over the course of several years, Zelma has impacted the lives of many young musicians.

“Otis was providing young people with scholarships in 1963 with the emergence of his success,” says, Zelma. “And through the Otis Redding Foundation, we continue his dream to empower all young people with an education.”

As head of the estate of Otis Redding, she works each day to promote the image, likeness and catalog of music her husband left. 

Below are picture from her celebration!

DREAM Academy board member received highest volunteer award at the Annual Andrus Award for Community Service

We would like to shine a light on DREAM Academy board member, Myrtle Habersham, for her recent achievement. Habersham received the highest volunteer award for AARP Georgia at the Annual Andrus Award for Community Service on Sept. 28. 

Habersham is a very active member in the Macon community. Along with being apart of the DREAM Academy board and AARP Georgia, she is a coordinator and consultant for the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving, a member of the executive boards of the AIDS Atlanta, the Andrew and Walter Young Southwest YMCA and the Urban League of Atlanta.

A little more background on Habersham...

Holding a succession of senior-level positions, including Commissioner for the Southeastern and Midwestern Regions of the Social Security Administration, Regional Inspector General for the Southeastern Region of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Associate Director for the Office of Management Planning in the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Habersham has served more than three decades with the U.S. government. Her tenure with the federal government included 18 years as a member of the senior executive corps, an elite leadership group that numbers approximately 6,000 from among more than 2 million federal employees. While a senior leader, she was a three-time recipient of the U.S. President's Executive Rank Awards, an honor shared by only 1 percent of the senior executive corps. After retiring from federal government service in 2010, she formed M S Habersham Consulting Services, which she leads as the managing member. 

Karla Andrews-Redding adds another organization to her list

Photo via Stacy S. Campbell and Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo via Stacy S. Campbell and Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

By: Jaya Alaam, Social Media Intern

Karla Redding-Andrews is a woman with many hats. She is a mother, a dreamer, a business woman, an executive director and the newest member of the Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival Board of Directors. 

Macon is home to over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees and every March the trees bloom and turn the city pink. In honor of these beautiful tree, Macon hosts a 10 day festival where locals and visitors come to celebrate at the "pinkest party on earth."

Redding-Andrews and the rest of the Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival Board are in charge of keeping this very important Macon tradition alive and pink. 

Along with being the Otis Redding Foundation's Executive Director and apart of the Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival Board, Redding-Andrews is apart of six other organizations. These organizations include the Georgia Music Foundation board, Roobert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, Leadership Macon, Macon Rotary Club, Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission. 

Otis Music campers rock the Art's and Kids Fest

By: Jaya Alaan, Social Media Intern

On July 29, nine of our 2017 Otis Music campers performed at Bragg Jam's, Arts and Kids Fest at the Cherry Street Plaza. 

All nine of them performed their original songs that they wrote during camp and as well as covers of popular songs. One of our Otis Music campers, Anthony Allmond, brought his BOGO bandmates with him to perform eight original songs. 

The Arts and Kids Fest had a great turn out. Along with our campers performing live in front of the large crowd, the event featured rides and inflatable fun. 

If you did not get a chance to see our campers, the next generation of Bragg Jammers, perform this past weekend, keep up with our social medias. Their original songs that they wrote and recorded during this year's camp are on their final stages of mixing and will be released soon!

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Photos by Jaya Alaan

Otis Music Camp campers scheduled to perform at the Arts and Kids Fest

Photo via Bragg Jam website.

Photo via Bragg Jam website.

By: Jaya Alaan, Otis Redding Foundation Social Media Intern

It has been 36 days since the Otis Music Camp Grand Finale. The Townsend School of Music that was once filled with lively young voices and laughter is now quiet and the practice rooms are now empty.

The campers left the Cox Capitol Theatre on July 16 but their presence did not. The kids surprised the whole city with their amazing voices and their outstanding multi-instrument playing abilities.

 The Otis Music Camp was all that Macon residents talked about for weeks.

With our campers being on high demand, we are incredibly excited to announce that a few of our 2017 campers have been asked to perform at Bragg Jam's, Arts and Kids Fest on July 29. You will hear the voices of Noah Duncan, Arianna Rivas, Mckenzie Capers, Jordan Smith and many more.

Bragg Jam is a full-scaled community arts festival and Macon's premier music event. The organization also donates a large amount of money to community causes, including the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Amerson River Park.

For more information about Arts and Kids Fest, visit the Bragg Jam website. 

Visit our 2017 Otis Music Camp page on this website for a wrap up of OMC 2017.