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.


Karla Redding-Andrews inducted to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia Board of Directors

Photo via Community Foundation of Central Georgia facebook

Photo via Community Foundation of Central Georgia facebook

By: Jaya Alaan, Otis Redding Foundation Social Media Intern

On July 11 Karla Redding-Andrews was welcomed into the Community Foundation of Central Georgia's board of directors. The CFCG has been working to enhance the quality of life for the people of Central Georgia since 1993 by encouraging citizens to work towards a common goal, as well as, philanthropy. 

Redding-Andrews has shown over the course of 10 years that her passion is to improve the lives of residents and the community through music and education.Redding-Andrews is the current Executive Director of the Otis Redding Foundation and founder of the Otis Music Camp.

She is also affiliated with several other groups that strive to improve the community. These organizations include the Georgia Music Foundation board, Roobert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, Leadership Macon, Macon Rotary Club, Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival board and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission. 

In addition to being active in seven organizations, Redding-Andrews and her DREAM Academy team are in the process of opening an arts-intergraded charter school in August 2018. Redding-Andrews is the current chairperson for the Governing Board of the DREAM Academy.

Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts has re-opened its doors

BY: Jaya Alaan, Otis Redding Foundation Social Media Intern

The Otis Redding Foundation recently hosted their 10th annual Otis Music Camp at the Townsend School of Music on Mercer University's campus.

The two-week long camp hosted 60 campers and 34 music coaches. Throughout the camp, the campers discovered new talents and furnished old ones. Their hard work was showcased at the finale show that was held at the Cox Capitol Theatre on June 16.

Although the harmonious tones of Otis Music campers no longer fill the halls of Townsend, there is another place where their voices and instruments can be heard. That place is the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts.

The center was closed for a short time due to renovations but has re-opened its doors. The Otis Redding Foundation has staffed the center with talented coaches eager to share their music knowledge. 

The center offers voice, piano, guitar and percussion lessons and is next door to the Otis Redding Foundation offices located in Downtown Macon.

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Photos by Jaya Alaan