Otis Redding Music Camp comes to Albany

Otis Redding Music Camp comes to Albany

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Otis Redding was born and raised in Dawson, which is why staff with the Otis Redding Foundation knew they had to bring a music camp to southwest Georgia.

Foundation Director of Special Projects and Outreach Justin Andrews, also Otis Redding’s grandson, said he is excited to be back in Southwest Georgia.

The Otis Redding Music Camp lasts until Friday. (Source: WALB)
The Otis Redding Music Camp lasts until Friday. (Source: WALB)

Andrews said the kids will learn how to make and play music and dance.

Andrews said he hopes kids will gain confidence after the camp.

“We hope for them to take out of this is a sense of confidence in whatever they want to do in life," Andrews said. “What we want to do is have this be a safe place for everybody to work on their craft. Explore different options, see what they want to do in life.”

Justin Andrews (Source: WALB)
Justin Andrews (Source: WALB)

Andrews said this camp is important because learning about the arts is key.

Makaris Ford says he now knows some pretty cool dance moves because of the camp.

“All my friends that came here have gained a lot of experience from this. It will be an honor to these people that have made this summer camp and they put more effort in this and it is worth it and come back next year," says Ford.

Ford says he also was able to learn how to play a few instruments.

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