(Louisville, KY) Roots 101 welcomed during Kentucky Derby weekend the long-awaited tribute to the ‘King of Kentucky” the late Stephen “Static Major” Garrett. The exhibit will take you through the legendary music career of the musical genius. The Louisville, Kentucky native was a singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on November 11, 1974, and died on February 23, 2008. He was a member of the R&B trio Playa that went on to have hits like “Cheers 2 U” and “Don’t Stop the Music”. This is their 25th anniversary of the group’s formation.
Static Major has produced with some of the biggest artists in R&B and Hip-Hop from Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Nicole Wray, Pretty Ricky to Lil Wayne. Proceeding Garrett’s death, in 2018, hip-hop superstar Drake featured Garrett in his hit song “After Dark”. Then in 2020, Louisville native Jack Harlow hit. “Luv Is Dro”, which was a song of Garrett reworked by Harlow.
You can see the temporary exhibit through July 8th.
Avonti Garrett, the widow and mother of his two children remembers not only the artist but the family man. “Stephen Ellis Garrett aka Static Major was a special one-of-a-kind person. He not only was a talented singer, songwriter, and producer, he was a good husband, father, son, and friend. He was a family man who was generous to all. Static had a way of leaving a memorable impression with everyone he encountered. The love that he generously displayed made all of us feel special to him. His timeless music still has a great influence over the music industry. Static Major is and will forever be a true legend. The Goat!!! By age 33. His family, friends, and I appreciate the love and we are truly grateful for the honoring of his legacy. He is greatly missed by all. “
Lamont Collins, Founder of Roots 101 shares his excitement about having the exhibit at his museum. He says, “It’s so important to document and preserve our history. Stephen “Static Major” Garrett played and still plays a vital role in the entertainment industry. This was a long time in the making, this should have happened a long time ago. We are happy that Roots 101 in Garrett’s hometown was able to make it happen. We invite you to come see the temporary exhibit. We hope it will have a permanent home someday, but it is an honor to be the first to display his life and superstar career. Legacies matter and Roots 101 continues to chronicle history of African Americans in our community and the outstanding contributions made not only to Kentucky but the world.”
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