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. 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. Endorsed by Colgate-Palmolive - Ian Cook Chairman, President, and CEO, Eugene Kelly VP - Global Diversity & Inclusion and Jennifer Perue - HR Specialist, 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 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,
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 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.