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 cords do not close completely. Despite this, along with asthma and other medical complications, he is beating all odds by playing the saxophone. 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 significant strides as an upcoming artist. Now he is using those powerful lungs to serenade with an impressive talent comparable to artists twice his age. He received a letter from President Barack Obama, congratulating him on his accomplishments and encouraging him to continue to work hard for his community. Avery received the 2018 Musician of the year award from the Tommie Smith Youth Initiative. Endorsed by Colgate-Palmolive - Ian Cook Chairman, President, and CEO, Eugene Kelly VP - Global Diversity & Inclusion and Jennifer Perue - Global Human Resources, flew Avery to New York and presented him with a Yamaha 62 Tenor Saxophone for being a young achiever. He was a Youth Delegate and provided entertainment for the National League of Cities, Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC. Avery is the first place winner for the 2017 and 2018 Omega Psi Phi Kappa Kappa Talent Hunt. He performed and is the recipient for Best Gospel Instrumentalist for the 22nd Annual Gospel Choice Awards. He opened for Jazz Violinist, Ken Ford. He played with Saxophonist Mike Phillips.
Avery's Great Grandfather Maxwell Davis is his biggest inspiration. He was an American R&B saxophonist, arranger, record producer and "Father of the West Coast R&B." He worked with BB King, Etta James, ZZ Hill, and many others. BB King was interviewed by the New York Times,
''Maxwell was a kind of tutor to me,'' Mr. King said. ''He always gave advice. I was like a sponge, and I didn't know much, and I wanted to learn. I always wish that he could still be alive. I learned about being a bandleader from him. He was, to me, the best blues arranger - he was a great arranger, period. (New York Times 1990 Paragraph 8, "A Helpful Encounter"). https://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/02/arts/pop-jazz-bb-king-making-the-most-of-a-lifetime-of-experience.html
Avery is a miracle who is literally walking in the legacy of his Great Grandfather Maxwell Davis.
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 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 performed at the Bijou Theatre, "Your Time to Shine," the 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.