Zelma Redding

President & Founder

“Otis was providing young people with scholarships in 1963 with the emergence of his success,” says Otis Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding. “And through the Otis Redding Foundation, we continue his dream to empower all young people with an education.” As head of the estate of Otis Redding, Mrs. Redding works each day to promote the image, likeness and catalog of music her husband left. And she also works each day to continue his philanthropic efforts as president of the Otis Redding Foundation.

Karla Redding-Andrews

Vice-President & Executive Director

Karla Redding-Andrews, a native of Jones County, Georgia, has a passion for education paired with music and the arts.  She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1985 with a BS in Public Relations and remains an active alum, serving on the Public Relations Advisory Board. In addition to her role with the Foundation, Redding-Andrews, oversees the day to day operations of the Foundation whose motto is ‘Progress through Education-Enlighten through Music & the Arts`.  In addition, and with her mother Zelma, they oversee the massive catalog of works for Otis Redding along with requests for use of his name, image and likeness.

Karla currently serves as the vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Macon Class of 2015 and a member of the Macon Rotary Club. She serves on the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors at Mercer University and the boards of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Central Georgia Technical College, the Georgia Intellectual Property Association and the International Cherry Blossom Festival.  She most recently was appointed to Macon, Ga’s Bicentennial Commission appointed by Mayor Lester Miller.

Karla received the Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award in 2016. In 2018, she received The Women’s International Music Network’s “She Rocks Award.” Her alma mater, Georgia Southern University, awarded her with the inaugural “Shine, Black Girl, Shine” Black Women Empowerment Award from the Office of Multicultural Affairs as the Coordinator of Diversity Education and Program Outreach in 2019.

Redding-Andrews and husband Timothy have two sons, Justin and Jarred.

karla@otisreddingfoundation.org

Justin Andrews

Director of Special Projects and Outreach

Justin Andrews, grandson of the legendary Otis Redding, is Director of Special Projects and Outreach at the Otis Redding Foundation. Within the Foundation, he specializes in event planning, leads student activities and camps, and is the creative force behind Otis Redding branded merchandise, where proceeds support the organization’s educational programs and outreach efforts. He is active and involved in the Middle Georgia community, where he serves as the President of the Macon Film Festival’s Board of Directors and is a board member of the Macon Arts Alliance, the Boys and Girls Club, and Visit Macon. He is a graduate of Macon’s Mt. de Sales Academy and participated in the 2017 class of Leadership Macon.

justin@otisreddingfoundation.org

Kimberly Kelsey Epps

Center Director

Kimberly Epps began singing at the age of 3 with her mother. She has starred in Annie, The Wiz, Fences, and was in Freedom Theatre’s production of Sparkle. Epps has also written and recorded with Randy Jackson, Tim and Bob, Daryll Simmons, High Rock Entertainment group and Danish producer, Troels Neilson.

kimberly@otisreddingfoundation.org

Jared Wright

Director of Development, Otis Redding Foundation
Curator/Archivist, Estate of Otis Redding

Jared Wright’s work with the Otis Redding Foundation began in 2007 with the inaugural Otis Music Camp, then held at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. After that museum’s closure, he continued to work with the Foundation, growing the summer camp and developing the collection of Otis Redding material held by Zelma Redding, working with museums across the country to interpret the life and music of the Soul singer.

Wright is also a historian and museums specialist who focuses on 20th century popular culture and music, and he has led award-winning exhibition projects, including Mercer Music at Capricorn, which interprets the story of an independent, Southern record label.

In 2022, Wright joined the Otis Redding Foundation’s staff as Director of Development, leading planning and fundraising efforts for the Otis Redding Center for the Arts, which is expected to open in the summer of 2023.

Wright is also a sometimes-musician, and he uses that experience to inform research and development work into the growth of music scenes and the impact of musical education on a community. He holds M.A. degrees in history, public history, and museum studies from Mercer University and the University of West Georgia.

jared@otisreddingfoundation.org