The 22nd Annual Gospel Choice Award Recipient for Best Gospel Instrumentalist
Gospel – Jazz – R&B – Classical
Young Avery, a saxophone extraordinaire, was born weighing only 1 lb 8 oz and was not expected to live. He has a condition which causes his voice to be pitchy at times and airy because his vocal chords do not close completely. Despite this, along with asthma and other medical complications, he is beating all odds by playing the saxophone.
Avery has had many health challenges but by the grace of God he is excelling and has had many opportunities to play for various programs. Avery has been playing since 2009 and he has made major strides as an upcoming artist. Now he is using those powerful lungs to serenade with an awesome talent comparable to artists twice his age. Avery has performed and is recipient for Best Gospel Instrumentalist for the 22nd Annual Gospel Choice Awards. He was a guest artist for the the Harlem YMCA's 45th Annual National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry (BAI) Awards Ceremony. He played as a featured artist, for the Trumpet Award's Youth on Parade. He played for Chef Dr. Kenneth Willhoite's opening of the World Soul Food Museum's Michelle Obama White House Community Garden located in East Point, GA. The World Soul Food Museum's 13th Annual Awards of Excellence Celebration held at the Georgia State Capitol inducted Avery as the youngest person into their Hall of Fame and presented him with the Award of Excellence in Music. This celebration honors the top 100 people throughout America and the World to show its appreciation to the local and national industry.
Avery opened for the After Work Blues Barbecue Jam Concert Series in Riverdale, Georgia. He played for Mayor of Atlanta, Kaseem Reed for the City of Atlanta’s Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery March, played with Grammy Award winning Tenor Saxophonist, Kebbi Williams and the Wolf Pack in the Atlanta Jazz Festival, played for the Willie Watkins Community Day and Bridge Naming Ceremony, Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Prayer Breakfast, Friends of Clayton Transit, played at Morehouse College for A Celebration of the Life and Work of Dr. Vincent Harding Memorial, recording artist, Jori Kenya Shelton, opened for Atlanta's own pop star singer, Keri Hilson, and countless others and organizations. Avery had the opportunity to perform and Won FIRST PLACE as a Star of Tomorrow in Amateur Night and Won FIRST PLACE as a Star of Tomorrow in Amateur Night SHOW OFF for the Amateur night at the Apollo Theater in New York. Avery returned and played for the AMATEUR NIGHT HOLIDAY SPECIAL at the Apollo Theater in New York with Special Guest Performance by Diggy Simmons. He also played at the Bijou Theatre, "Your Time to Shine", talent competition in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He won first place in the youth division. Avery feels that every time he plays he is telling a story and painting a musical picture. Not only is it fun to play but it is also soothing to the ear.
Avery attends Georgia Academy of Music. He is outgoing and enjoys participating in school and system wide competitions. He is a member of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta where Timothy McDonald III is the pastor. His favorite novels are anything science fiction with adventure. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, and volunteering at a community outreach house that helps homeless people. While the guests are eating, he plays for them creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
Avery was featured on Fox 5 News and appeared as a guest on the television show “Youth Universe” hosted by Mr. Robert Hughes. Avery was a musical guest on the "Stan Watson TV Show", with Commissioner Watson and Samantha Cardwell as the host and co-host. Avery is now the youngest person to play with the Clayton Community Big Band under the direction of Stacey Houghton. Along with other programs, he is a member of The Atlanta Jazz Players, "Youth Ambassador" for Unity Jazz Foundation, Inc., Mr. Stan Bryant, CEO. He was a member of the Rialto Jazz for Kids Program under the leadership of Dr. Gordon Vernick, an accomplished author, musician and the head of Georgia State University Jazz Studies Program. He also played with a Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the Saxophone Quintet, directed by Mr. Robert Jeffrey in Atlanta, Georgia.