JFly and Ken Ford provide freedom and unity for young minds through music

Big talent comes in small packages. And big names come out to support it.

Parents do, too, of course. Along with band directors representing a few of the 14 schools whose students played and sang their hearts out at the Unity Concert presented by the How Big Is Your Dream Foundation and the Ken Ford Foundation on Saturday, March 23, at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

JFly and Ken Ford
JFly (left) and Ken Ford. Photo by UnTamed Royalty Photography.

The foundations were founded by Jorel “JFly” Flynn and Ken Ford, respectively.

The second annual concert is a fundraiser that supports the two foundations. The groups aim to help kids explore their musical talents, and guide the kids on how to navigate careers in music and maximize their life’s potential.

Clearly, these young folks are on their way. They showered the standing-room-only crowd of about 500 with a variety of performances, from Booker T. Washington’s drum line to a trombone trio to a flute player named Summer.

Before the Video Blankets hit the stage, the evening’s host, Sasha The Diva from KISS 104.1 and B98.5, said they were reminiscent of the Jackson 5. True to her claim, the trio didn’t skip a beat when the mics wouldn’t work. It was almost as if the crowd wasn’t sure if a technical difficulty had occurred because frontman JT sang so strong and confidently. He kept his composure like a pro — as did his sister Lexie with her perfectly coordinated rockin’ out dance moves, and baby brother DJ on the drums.

ChanteSez … Sometimes it’s OK to be one-dimensional

Here’s a quick tip for remembering when to spell out measurements like inches, feet and yards.

These units all measure dimensions. So make them “one” dimensional and use numerals.

  • The plant had grown 3 inches overnight!
  • The cabinet was 4 feet wide.
  • We learned in grade school that 3 feet equals 1 yard.