Well I just got back to from London this morning at 12am and all I can say is what a trip it was!! Thank you all who supported me in this journey to London. The Blues Kids Camp was filled with exceptionally talented kids from all over the world. I met some amazing kids that I will be friends with forever.
I also just want to take a minute and say Thank you for Mr. Fernando Jones who directs the Blues Kids Camp. He is an amazing teacher and mentor, I am so thankful to have been apart of the magic that happened in London. Thank you Mr. Jones for creating this opportunity for kids to learn the Blues in a positive, encouraging way. I really enjoyed every minute of your Blues Camp and I cant wait to see you and the instructors again.
I would encourage every young musician to take part in one of Mr. Jones several Blues kids Camps that he puts on through out the year, you will be happy you did!
I have so much more to add, check back and I will be adding photos of my trip and a video too. Thank you to everyone for making this dream come true!!~~Austin
I also want to send a huge Thank you out to The "FOG's" and Twanna Turner who put on a big fundraiser event at the Valencia Club in Penryn, CA this past Sunday. There were many talented musicians there who came out to Jam and help encourage and support my trip to London. I met tons of really great people and they raised over $600 for me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!~~Austin
I thought I was going to be leaving on Friday for London but as it turns out I'm leaving today Wednesday right after I appear on Good Day Sacramento in the Morning. I am sooo very excited! thank you so very much for all who helped me!!
Thank you so very much to my very special family friends The Behymer family who used their travel miles to purchase my tickets to London. They really stepped in and rescued me in my time of need! You have really changed my life~~Austin
I also wanted to post a special thank you to my good friend Neil and his wife Jan who have encouraged me from the very beginning by bringing me out to open mic's as well as donating extra money to help me with new equipment and my trip. Thank you so very much!!~~Austin
I just wanted to give an update on how humbling this whole experience is for me, there are so many great people who have donated and been very encouraging to me about my music career! I cant say how touched I am~ Thank you isn't nearly enough but everyone that has helped me have really touched my life and I will never forget this experience~~Austin
I just want to give a big Thank you to Brian Sweet, Twanna Turner, David Wright and the Fog's for putting together another Benefit full of talent musicians who are coming together on Ausgust 10th at the Valencia Club in Penryn, Ca from 2-6pm to raise funds to help send me to London! Thank you, thank you, and I can't express it enough--Thank you for your love and support.
I just want to say a big Thank You to my friends who have donated to me off Line: Aj and Jen H from my moms work and Senator Ted Gaines and his wife Beth. Thank you so very much for helping me to get closer my goals!
Thank you to all who have contributed so far. I really appreciate your support. There is still time donate and every dollar donated helps me get a little closer to my London Blues experience! Thank you for all of the support~~Austin
Hello all, my name is Austin Morgan, from a very young age I knew that I was born to play the guitar. Now that my parents look back they can see, that I have always had a guitar in my hand even as young as age 3 (pictured above). Over the years with my families help I have developed a deep love for learning the electric guitar and playing Blues music. I received my first guitar at the age of 12 from my brother Blake (who was 16 yrs old at the time). My parents could not afford the guitar I wanted so my brother sold his quad (off road motor bike) and took all of his money and bought me my guitar that I had been admiring at Guitar Center, as a Christmas gift. My brother's sacrifice changed my life and I only hope that someday thru my success and music, I can pay him back by buying him an even better quad to replace the one that he sold in order to support me. Since receiving my guitar I have spent thousands of hours learning to play music by watching videos on YouTube of my idols such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Freddy King.
I recently auditioned for an international kids blues camp in London, England and to my excitement I was one of a handful of kids from the US that was selected to attend. The camp is a free camp put on my a gentleman from Chicago, IL named Fernando Jones (please feel free to look him up online (www.Blueskids.com). The camp's focus is on keeping the Blues alive in America by teaching the younger generation about it and also how to play it. We will be in "blues music class" 3-4 hours each day, being instructed by Blues professionals and at the end of the week the students will be putting on a Blues performance at the Premises Cafe in London that is sure to be amazing. I am soo excited!!!
Even though the camp itself is free, I need help funding my flight over to London. I have looked up several sites and the cheapest airfare to London is $3200 round trip. It is quit costly because I have to take a parent with me being that I am a minor and England has very strict laws protecting kids in their country. My camp is August 17-22 so I would need to leave the states on August 15 and return on August 24th. I am posting a picture of myself and my letter of acceptance from The Premises Studios in London. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day.
No Donation is too Big or too Small, so if you feel led to support me, I would grately appreciate it.
P.S. if you have 2 extra frequent flyer round trip tickets lying around that would work too. :)
Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely,
P.S Please feel free to check me out on Reverbnation. I am currently ranked #1 for the Local Blues Charts as well as the Sacramento Blues Charts on Reverb. Here is a link to my personal reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/austinmorgan7
Austin...been watching you grow for a couple of years now and so glad you are getting this opportunity. Didnt know about the valencia fundraiser or would have been there for sure. Oh well, better late than never! Btw, this is wendy (singer and fan) from the vc. You rock! Can't wait to see you when you return from your london gig. Take lots of pics, make lots of friends and learn lots of new stuff!
Good Luck in your music career. We have known you since you were a little boy and we can see how god is truly blessing you not only with talent but a bright future as well~ Best wishes for your London experience~~
I've heard you play, my friend, and I know you'll make your mark in the World of Blues. (Probably sooner than you think!) Your backed by great company with the likes of Andy, Brian, Twanna, David et al. The best of luck to you!
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