Notable Alumni

Graduate of the Stax Music Academy. Winner of the first season of the Fox Network television show “The Four.” iHeartRadio’s On the Verge Artist 2018. Lives in Los Angeles where she is a Republic Records recording artist.

Attended Stax Music Academy. Both are professional musicians traveling extensively throughout the world with the award-winning documentary “Take Me To The River” and performing with icons including William Bell, Bobby Rush, Hi Rhythm Section, while also performing locally at venues such as Lafayette’s Music Room and The Orpheum Theater.

Graduate of Stax Music Academy. Earned Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University on full-tuition scholarship and Master’s from Florida State University on full-tuition scholarship. Majored in criminal justice studies and now works for United States Department of Justice. Began work on second Master’s at Harvard University in January 2019 on full-tuition scholarship.

Graduate of Stax Music Academy. Rose to the Top Ten on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2015. Lead singer at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Orlando while pursuing career as solo artist.

Graduate of Stax Music Academy. Songwriter for Jay Z’s Roc Nation and recipient of ASCAP’s 2017 Women Behind the Music Award. Has songwriting credits on songs by Kanye West, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Paul McCartney. Kirby is first gradate to serve on the Soulsville Foundation Board of Directors.

Graduate of the Stax Music Academy, Berklee College of Music, and Berklee Master’s program in Valencia, Spain. Streaming expert working as Digital Marketing Manager at TIDAL in New York City.

Attended Stax Music Academy, University of Memphis, Moorehouse College, and New School for Jazz. Trombone player for Bruno Mars. Played on “UpTown Funk,” which was the Number One record in the world and won GRAMMYs for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” and accompanying video was viewed over a billion times. Has performed with Mars on the MTV EMA’s, MTV VMA’s, Billboard Music Awards, Canada’s Much Music Awards, the GRAMMY’s, and Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Now serving as Stax Music Academy Artist in Residence.

Japanese/American twins Carl Seitaro Maguire (ds). and Alan Shutaro Maguire (b) who graduated Stax Music Academy when they moved to Memphis from Hong Kong. Touring extensively around the world. Latest CD produced by jazz legend Donald Brown spent five weeks on the jazz charts.

Attended Stax Music Academy. Working as professional recording and performing artist throughout the world with such acts as Jucy J, Don Trip, Starlito, Eric Gales, William Bell, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, and Tony Toni Tone.

Attended Stax Music Academy and graduated Berklee College of Music. Lives in Brescia, Italy and plays tenor sax, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, alto horn, and euphonium. Founder and leader of The Unlimited Orchestra.

Stax Music Academy graduate. Appeared on national television in Australia 2018. Earned Bachelor’s from Middle Tennessee State University and Master’s from Christian Brothers University. Development assistant for Soulsville Foundation 2016-2018.  Documentary short accepted as finalist in 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Now lives in Los Angeles working in film industry.