Scholarship winner to perform at Blues Jam

OFF TO BOSTON – Scholarship winner Kendra Savage with, from left, Michael Johnson, treasurer of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation, and Steven Johnson, vice-president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation. Savage is seen with, from left, Michael Johnson, treasurer, and Steven Johnson, vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation.

Crystal Springs singer to spend summer in Boston on full scholarship

Kendra Savage, 21, a resident of Crystal Springs, received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music’s  Five-Week Summer Performance Program, July 12-August 15, in Boston.  

The scholarship from the world’s largest college for contemporary music education was the grand prize for contestants her age in the Robert Johnson Superstar Talent Showcase Finale at the Crystal Springs Middle School on April 28.  The event was produced and hosted by the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation.  

Savage outperformed the competition with her rousing version of the gospel song “Yesterday,” made famous by the vocal duo Mary Mary.  

Steven Johnson, vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation, will make a special presentation to her at the Foundation’s annual Blues Jam, May 10, at Chautauqua Park, in Crystal Springs, where she will also perform.

This scholarship is the gateway for Savage to study at the college where Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, and Branford Marsalis, among many others, all got their start.  She will take performance, music theory, and music technology classes, and choose from songwriting, music synthesis, and music business as electives.  

This is the first time that Berklee has partnered with institutions in Mississippi to actively identify and award music education opportunities to young musicians who represent rich blues heritage and legendary, American music tradition.  Another scholarship was awarded in April to a teen in Clarksdale in a similar effort with the Delta Blues Museum’s after-school arts and education program.

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