Come out on Saturday, July 30th for an unforgettable summer night of dinner, music, and optimism. The first annual Audio Iris will feature music from Blessing Offor and Eddy Echo, two emerging artists who share more than just a love for music, but a similar struggle against blinding conditions. Audio Iris is a celebration of the recent advances in the fight against blindness, and the future of medicine. 100% of the night’s proceeds will be donated to The Foundation Fighting Blindness, allowing the world’s brightest minds to continue the battle. Don’t miss your opportunity to share drinks, food, and laughs at this classic New York City venue, while making a difference in the lives of those who have been robbed of one of life’s simplest pleasures.
Hailing from the borough of Brooklyn, New York City, with musical influences ranging from the world of pop, soul and R&B, multi-instrumentalist Blessing Offor, 26, is finding his way to achieving his life’s ambition – namely to write and perform his music for a living. Now that his abilities have stretched into songwriting on both the piano and guitar, his talent has not gone unnoticed. Last fall, he was a contestant on Season 7 of The Voice, and appeared over several episodes. Blessing immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. Having vision in only one eye from birth, he was getting treatment here to save the vision he had in his childhood, but lost that eye in a freak accident when he was home in Nigeria at age 9. Knowing that there would be extreme hardship in his native land, he left his family and was brought up by an uncle outside New Haven, CT. During that period of time was when he first delved into learning music, as a means of adjusting to total blindness, and creating an outlet to connect socially with the world.
Eddy Echo is a 23 year old Singer/Songwriter who uses a stylistic range of instruments to create a unique blend of music. As a native of Philadelphia, Eddy was inspired at a young age by pop idols such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye. Eddy Echo studied music at New York University and is a recent graduate from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) where he studied music production, writing, and entrepreneurship. Now located in New York City, Eddy and his younger brother and musical partner Andrew share a common battle against Stargardt’s Disease a rare condition causing blindness in youth. The brothers are poised to make a breakthrough in The Big Apple as songwriters, producers, and artists.