The Power of Song’s domestic programs
Speaking Engagements and Public Events
The growing enthusiasm about The Power of Song and its offerings have attracted interest nationwide in CEO/Artistic September Penn. September is an increasingly sought after public speaker and performer along with her theatrical productions.
September’s domestic speaking events in 2018 included events at First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, the Social Justice Conference at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Missiology Lectures at Fuller Theological Seminary. She also was invited to participate as a vocalist in the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination at Stanford University.
This year’s first place winner was Zach Blair-Andrews of Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg. Zach performed “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” on guitar, using a life looping technique that won the judges’ praise.
The field included Hillsborough County for the first time. And the second place winner, Robert Austin, who sang “A Change is Gonna Come,” is a senior at Tampa’s Pepin Academy. The third place winner, Tendani Musengwa, a 9th grade student at Gibbs High School, performed “Strange Fruit” on piano while also singing. Tendani was the 2nd place winner last year.
Community Service Awards
This year, The Power of Song Inc. acknowledged the work of Dr. Linda Hogans and Rev. Kenny Irby, whose support of the kick-off event have been steadfast, with community service awards. Rev. Irby, who created the Men in the Making African American and Latino male mentoring program also for the second found financial support to bring three mentees to California to perform in the production in the West.
The experience of traveling and sharing with other communities has proven a valuable part of the mentoring experience. Officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department also connected with the Los Angeles Police Department to participate in the production.