The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is committed to ensuring that musical instruction remains central to a well-rounded education. And what better way to underscore that point than with live music? Last week, VH1 Save The Music, and Viacommunity supporters gathered in celebration of Black History Month to watch an intimate performance from Jennah Bell and Rotimi.
Bell, an Oakland-grown singer and songwriter, delivered a jaw-dropping musical appearance, leaving the room at a loss for words with her soft, commanding vocals.
Next on the stage appeared singer and actor Rotimi, who plays a leading role in the hit show Power (executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson). Rotimi drew the audience in even closer with a short performance of his new song “Lotto,” which features rap legend 50 Cent. He concluded his act by showcasing an original song called “Ms. Jackson.”
Following the performances, VH1 Save The Music’s Trell Thomas led a short Q&A. The musicians offered personal anecdotes about the dawn and development of their music careers. Bell gave compelling advice for children in schools that have received a VH1 Save The Music grant, urging the students to stick with it, practice, and apply the discipline they’ve learned from the other activities they love to their music instruction.
When asked why it is important to save the music, Rotimi explained that music is one of the biggest parts of life and that it can affect any atmosphere. From setting a tone of a movie to influencing a person’s mood, music is and always will be a powerful force in every culture.
The event culminated in the surprise guest appearance of American soul, R&B, jazz, blues, disco, and pop singer Andra Day, who recently put on a stunning performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Day was unable to sing, but stuck around to mingle with the audience and pose for a few photos.
This VH1 Save The Music moment spoke to the powerful impact that music education programs have on the well being, self-expression, and self-esteem of children everywhere.