Justin Merrick and I met while studying at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Its no surprise to me that his outstanding musical talent has led him to the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, TN, developing what Jenna Bush Hager (former President George W. Bush’s daughter) referred to as “the next generation of soulful superstars”.
Check out the clip from the Today Show where Hager traveled to Memphis and visited Stax. There she learned about the rich history, and its current programs that send every high school senior to college while developing them as mature young adults. She even learned a few MJ moves.
“They latch onto these artists that they can relate to and that their voice can actually immulate and that sense of pride is going to actually carry them into their collegiate years…” – Justin Merrick
Keep up the good work, Stax!
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