Lee Student Performs With Usher

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - by Naudia O’Steen, Lee University
Lee student Jalil Muhammad, left, plays his saxophone while Usher performs at the Neighborhood Sessions concert in Chattanooga
Lee student Jalil Muhammad, left, plays his saxophone while Usher performs at the Neighborhood Sessions concert in Chattanooga

Jalil Muhammad, a Lee University music major, performed on the saxophone alongside singer and songwriter Usher Raymond at the Neighborhood Sessions concert in Chattanooga. 

Mr. Muhammad, a native of Chattanooga, is a sophomore at Lee majoring in music with an instrumental emphasis. 

“Getting the opportunity to play alongside Usher Raymond was an awesome experience,” said Mr. Muhammad. 

The invitation-only concert, held for local students, took place at Dalewood Middle School, where Usher used to attend. 

Also a Chattanooga native, Usher moved to Atlanta when he was 14 and released his first, self-titled album by the age of 15.  He has since recorded several hit albums including “My Way,” “Confessions,” and “Looking 4 Myself.” The Grammy-awarded singer now tours all over the world, but does not forget to give back. 

The concert was a part of State Farm’s Neighborhood Sessions concert series, which celebrates the community that inspired hit artists like Usher, Dave Matthews Band, and Jennifer Lopez to dream big. In addition to the private concert for students, State Farm donated money to local arts and educations programs. 


 


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