“Otis was providing young people with scholarships in 1963 with the emergence of his success,” says Otis Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding. “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, Mrs. Redding works each day to promote the image, likeness and catalog of music her husband left. And she also works each day to continue his philanthropic efforts as president of the Otis Redding Foundation.
“I eat, sleep and breathe the Otis Redding Foundation,” says Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis Redding. She is in charge of the day-to-day functions of the foundation as well as programming, fundraising, collaborations and exclusive merchandising in the Otis Redding Mini-Museum located in Macon, Ga.
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Jeff is an international communications expert who previously ran the global corporate communications departments for BellSouth, Delta Air Lines, and Level 3 Communications. He is the founder and administrator of the Macon chapter of the Major League Baseball initiative RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inter Cities). Jeff has spent the substantial portion of his adult life helping Georgia’s less fortunate citizens. He is also a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.” Otis Redding loved Macon. Helping and inspiring the youth of Macon was very important to him. To be part of continuing that legacy with the Redding Family is a privilege and an honor.”
Eric Manson is a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
Roderick L. Cox has been involved with the Otis Redding Foundation since 2005. He has received a number of scholarships from the Foundation, and worked as a coach at the Otis Music Camp for three years. He is now the Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Kenny Nemes has over 27 years of marketing, product development and management experience in the music business. An accomplished marketing executive, Kenny has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world. He spent seven years at Rhino Records (Warner Music Group) as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and has also worked at EMI & Higher Octave Music (Virgin Records). Kenny is currently the General Manager of Jampol Artist Management, Inc. the preeminent legacy management company. Jampol Artist Management not only manages the Estate of Otis Redding, but also the Estates of Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, Jim Morrison, Johnny Ramone, Rick James + the Ramones, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.
“What an honor it is to be a member of the Otis Redding Foundation and to help the Redding family preserve the legacy of such a national treasure, is literally a dream come true.”
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Canaan is a proud Maconite and is a graduate of Central High School and Mercer University. His life experiences and the numerous projects he has created serve as building blocks in his development and preparation for the entrepreneur he has become today.
Canaan Marshall is the next-door floral designer of your dreams. An old soul, he has had a natural inclination toward all things growing and green since childhood. Canaan is best known as the vibrant, young fellow to turn your everyday into elegant. Much like your favorite neighbor, Canaan has the finished product vision before you even begin. Canaan is on the boards for Historic Macon Foundation, Coliseum Health, and he is also an advisor for Goodwill Gala.
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Deborah (Debi) King brings over thirty years of experience in the education at the school, district, state and national level. She taught elementary and middle school in California, and served in Salt Lake City as a principal, professional development director, and university instructor. As a new resident of Macon, Debi is excited to be a part of DREAM Academy Team and contribute to the community that her children and grandsons now live in and will directly benefit from.
While only living in Macon GA for three years, Steve has already immersed himself in the culture of Macon – in the arts, history and music. Hospital Chief Executive Officer (for Coliseum Northside Hospital) by day, he is an epicurean, avid sports car enthusiast, and a doting new grandparent in his spare time. Originally from Oklahoma, Steve has over 18 years of administrative experience with HCA Corporation, much of it spent in Florida hospitals. “I love the rich cultural heritage of Macon and I am inspired by all the Redding Family has done for the youth of this community through music and education; it is an honor to serve on this board and allows me to honor my father’s lifelong commitment to helping children and promote Otis Redding’s legacy.” Steve serves on several boards in Macon including United Way, American Heart Association, and Chamber of Commerce.
Arron Saxe is an artist manager at Jampol Artist Management, a company that works as the stewards of great legacy artists, like Otis Redding. “As one of the managers of the Estate of Otis Redding, I’m honored to work alongside the family on not only Otis’ musical legacy, but his philanthropic legacy as well,” says Arron Saxe. “The Foundation is such an integral part of the Redding family, and it all starts with the man himself.”
Jessica Walden is a communications executive and co-owner of Rock Candy Tours, a Macon music history tour company that proudly shares the stories and history of Otis Redding and the global impact he made on the world. For Jessica, Redding is a personal part of her own family heritage. Her father Alan and her late uncle Phil co-managed Redding’s career and operated RedWal Music Company (a nod to Redding + Walden) out of Macon. Her late grandfather, C.B. Walden, traveled with Otis during the Stax/Volt tour. “Otis changed the course of my family’s history. It’s an honor to carry on that special legacy through the good works and community outreach of the Foundation.”
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“The legacy my father left will live forever not only through his music, but through our success stories that result from our efforts at the Foundation,” says Redding’s son, musician/vocalist Otis Redding, III. “When I see how we assisted a young Macon music student named Roderick Cox in realizing his dreams of becoming an orchestra conductor, I know my father would be proud.”
“I get the biggest kick out of participating in the Otis Music Camp each year. To see so many talented young people writing songs, laying down tracks and ultimately recording the finished product in the studio is simply awesome,” says Dexter Redding, an accomplished vocalist and musician, and son of Otis Redding.
Stax Museum and Soulsville Foundation founder Deanie Parker says, “I am a firm believer that music is the glue to a well-rounded child. It delights me to see the Otis Redding Foundation do such wonderful programs not only in the community of Macon, Ga., but in other cities like Memphis as well.”