Newton Collier started playing professionally in Macon, GA at a young age with the “Pinetoppers”
The Georgia Legacy Foundation, Inc. is a State recognized non-profit organization. “The Crown Prince of the Blues,” Sammy “Blue” Favers, serves as the Executive Director. The mission of the Foundation is to recognize, protect, preserve and promote Georgia’s Roots music artists and to do so with a historical, ethnical and regional perspective. The Foundation creates on-going situations of support for artists while offering enlightenment and entertainment to the public. Their goal is to acknowledge and celebrate the authentic indigenous artists of Georgia and to promote the State as an important contributing cultural center of the nation.
Event attendees included Event MC, Bob Patton (Legendary record promoter for James Brown, Prince, Georgia Legacy Foundation Advisory Board), Alan Walden (Capricorn Records, Manager/Booking Manager for Otis Redding/ Sam & Dave) Paul Brown (Past Interim Director, Georgia Music Hall of Fame), Harvey Scales (winner of the 1st Platinum Grammy for Songwriter of Disco Lady as performed by Johnnie Taylor), Rita Graham ( Former “Raylett” and the only female artist ever produced by Ray Charles), Al Jano (Hottrax Records), Tom Hudson (President, Bibb County School District 5), Robert Brown (State Senator District 26), Charlene Bowden (President & CEO CSB Management Group, GA Legacy Foundation Vice President), Eddie Kirkland (former bandleader for Otis Redding), Carl Pruett (Artist, Buckeye Band /Radio Station Manager, Georgia Legacy Foundation Advisory Board), Dan Davis (music industry/ corporate manager for Michael Jackson), Gary Montgomery (President/CEO Code Music Company) and Richard Dannenberg (Alphagraphics)