Local performer wins US award

2016-03-09 06:00
Local performer Creshwell October, who recently won the Akademia Award for jazz performance video. Photo: SUPPLIED

Local performer Creshwell October, who recently won the Akademia Award for jazz performance video. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A LOCAL artist whose expansive musical gift has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields has attracted the ear of Los Angeles base music awards organisation, the Akademia.

Creshwell October, who hails from Arcadia in the northern areas, has shown beyond all doubt that perseverance pays off despite one’s circumstances.

“The Akademia is a young yet prestigious awards organisation based in Los Angeles that takes pride in helping hard-working musicians to gain the exposure.”

“My Video ‘I Remember’ was scouted by a radio station presenter in Detroit. I then received a message from the presenter who complimented my style of music especially my song, ‘I remember’, and suggested that I enter for the 2016 Akademia Music Awards which I did,” October said.

“I eventually entered the music competition in the category for best jazz act and submitted my single “I remember” and also a live jazz performance video of this particular track.”

“On the 17th of February I received the news that my video “I remember” among many 1000’s of other great artists, who have entered the awards, has won in the category for best live jazz performance video. Receiving this news has left me astounded and made me believe that everything is possible and with an attitude of hard work and persistence you can go very far,” October added.

Apart from earning an honours degree in music education and sharing the stages with musical luminaries, this double Bama Award-winning artist visited the USA where he studied at the University of Mississippi where he performed with the university of M.S Jazz ensemble.

He also joined the university’s gospel choir where he performed in Chicago at the Jesse Jackson Conference in 2010.

On his return home from the USA, Creshwell was selected to be part of the Samro overseas scholarship for jazz and popular music in 2012, where he made it through to the semifinals and form part of the Samro folding.

Creshwell’s focus and concentration on his growing compositional activities and works have now attracted considerable attention.

“Winning this Akademia Award is a rare career distinction. Akademia has given me an opportunity to work with an organization of active artists and music producers that can significantly advance my career as an artist internationally.”

As an Akademia winner he has been given the great opportunity of attending the 2016 Akademia gala event in Los Angeles on April 21, 2016. At this event, all the winners’ musical achievements will be honoured and important future developments will be discussed.

“I believe that the event will grant me an opportunity to network, develop and further enhance my music skills and abilities, and get the opportunity to meet great legends in the music world,” October said.

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