Otis Redding in Macon

  • Moved to Macon, Georgia when he was 2 years old.
  • An artist in the 1950s & 1960s, Redding was able to enter mainstream music culture appealing to a wide range of audiences.
  • Began his career by performing in talent shows at Douglass Theatre in Macon, Georgia
  • In 1967, Redding played the Monterey Pop Festival
  • Known for hits like Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay, Try A Little Tenderness, Respect, & more.
  • Redding died in a plane crash in 1967 when he was 26 years old
  • The Otis Redding Foundation has a mini-museum & leads many philanthropic projects
    • The Otis Music Camp
      • Takes place every June in Macon, Ga.
      • Campers experience a high level of music forums conducted by key leaders in the industry
      • Campers work for 2 weeks with the guidance of counselors to write, record, & perform their own songs at the camps' grand finale
    • The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts
      • Offers lessons in vocal, piano, strings, & percussion
      • Supports young dreamers through scholarships
    • The DREAM Choir
      • Comprised of Otis Redding Foundation kids
      • Recently performed as popular artist, Andra Day's, backup singers
    • The DREAM Academy Charter School (Opening in Fall 2018)
      • Statewide education facility that will empower students to maximize their full potential through integration of arts & academics
  • A bronze statue of Redding with a guitar welcomes visitors to Macon at Gateway Park next to the Ocmulgee River.

Otis Redding

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