Kids Hone Musical Skills at Otis Redding Camp

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More than 30 students are fine-tuning their skills at The Otis Redding Singer/Songwriter Summer Camp in Macon. 

The camp is named for the Macon soul music legend who died more than 45 years ago in a plane crash.

The students are learning everything from how to play instruments like the piano to singing from their diaphragm. They get to write and record their own songs and no topic is off-limits.

For many of them music is a lifestyle.

"It feels right. I love music. I love listening to music. If I didn't have music I couldn't imagine the world without it really," said Wyatt Pyles.

Campers are learning from local musicians like Heather Kemp, Floco Torres, Jared Wright, Justin Cutway and others. 

Special guests this year also include representatives of performing rights organization SESAC. 

"I love it and I've been singing ever since I was three years old," said Deandre Fordham.

Camp ends Friday with a special performance by the students of work they've created during the week.

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