Envision announced today that Brooke Fox and Blessing Offor have signed on as the featured entertainment for Envision Conference 2015, to be held September 9-12, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. The nationally acclaimed musicians, both of whom are visually impaired, will perform on Friday, September 11 from 6- 8p.m. In addition to playing music, they will each make a brief presentation and remain throughout the evening to answer questions and converse with assembled guests and attendees.
Fox is an award-winning Brooklyn-based vocalist, pop songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist and international performance artist. Born with albinism, a genetic trait causing lack of pigment and legal blindness, she is extremely nearsighted and sensitive to light. Despite these conditions, she has often stood in the spotlight as she embarked on a successful musical career. A graduate of Berklee College of Music’s songwriting program, she has performed acoustic pop around the globe and has been heard on national television and radio broadcasts. In addition, she serves as president of Visionary Media, (www.visionarymedia.org) a New York City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the talents of blind and visually impaired people in music, media and advertising.
Offor, a Nigerian-born performer who went completely blind at age 10 after being born with total vision loss in one eye and extremely limited vision in the other, is one such artist. Affiliated with Visionary Media since 2010, he has participated in the organization’s artist showcases and songwriter workshops and connected with numerous industry mentors. He first delved into music as a means of adjusting to his blindness, creating an outlet to connect socially with the world. Now a resident of New York City, the 25-year-old performer plays multiple instruments, sings and composes his own songs, and is a rising star in the pop/soul genre. He appeared on Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice,” where he was eliminated in the “Battle Rounds,” and his debut album, “Roots,” dropped in February 2015 with a mix of pop, R&B, soul and ballads, including an ode to his seeing-eye dog.
“We are thrilled to feature Brooke and Blessing in our Conference program this year,” said Michael Monteferrante, President/CEO of Envision. “What better way to show all our presenters and attendees how important their work is than to treat them to a live performance illustrating how much talent and drive is embodied in those whose conditions they strive daily to address?”
Envision’s 10th annual conference will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and information on approaches to low vision rehabilitation. Over four days, ophthalmologists, optometrists, occupational therapists, researchers, academics and other vision care professionals will attend sessions, view exhibits of the latest low vision products and services and share knowledge from around the globe in an effort to improve approaches to minimizing the adverse impact of vision loss.
Full details of the 2015 program are available at www.envisionconference.org.