The VIPP Report: Tribute concert announced remembering music legend Stephen “Static Major” Garrett in his hometown of Louisville, KY




(Louisville, KY) Stephen Garrett also known in the entertainment world as “Static Major” made a lot of hits for artists like Lil Wayne, Aaliyah, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, Pretty Ricky, Ginuwine, Nicole Wray and Playa in which he was a member.  The Grammy Award winning artist, producer and songwriter died on February 25, 2008 at the age of 33, leaving an unimaginable legacy and a catalog of never heard music.

On Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Static Major’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky family, friends and fans will come together to be a part of the Louisville Legend’s tribute concert. It will be held at The Gramercy, 620 S. 3rd Street.  There will be some surprise special guests attending the event.

The tribute event was created after Static’s untimely death due to a medical error bringing his life and passion for music to a stand-still. His widow, Avonti Garrett is determined to keep his legacy and passion for music and the arts alive.  She fondly remembers her husband and works just as hard as he did to keep his memory and music alive.

“Music is like breathing” a common phrase Static would say according to Avonti Garrett.  “He was so talented that he could bring someone else’s vision to life.  He was before his time and truly gifted. When you attend on November 25th, you will receive a special treat.  I will debut some of Static’s music never heard by the public.  You will be blown away because he was truly ahead of his time and I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

The red carpet will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the tribute will start at 9:30 p.m.  The hosts for the event will be fellow member of Playa, Ben “Black” Bush, Spoken Word Artist Robin G and DJ D. Mawl.

Tickets for VIP are $85 (includes reserved seating and buffet from 7:30p-9p) and general admission is $60.  All Proceeds will go towards the Hometown Hero Banner of Stephen “Static Major” Garrett.  You can purchase them by going Eventbrite at You can purchase general admission at the door on the day of the event but price is subject to increase.

If you would like to set up an interview with Avonti Garrett of Majors Styles Entertainment and/or to request media credentials for the red-carpet contact Sherlene Shanklin at

The VIPP Report: Avonti Garrett will honor her husband Static Major by hosting a Rip the Runway event in Louisville


Special by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin:  The untimely death of Stephen Garrett on February 25, 2008 shocked music fans, his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and especially his family and close friends.  Many of you may not recognize the name Stephen Garrett but many called him “Static/Major”.   The Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer and member of the R & B trio Playa has an extensive catalog that he leaves behind as his legacy. From songs like “Cheers 2 U”, Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”, Drake’s “Look What You’ve Done”, and Ginuwine’s “Pony”.

With all of the music in his life you would think that was the most important thing but it was something that helped keep him grounded.  Garrett was a family man and it was important to the music legend.  To continue and honor his legacy, his wife Avonti Garrett and their children want you to come out and celebrate his life.  Avonti has started a foundation called “To Save A Life Foundation”.  I’ve been in communication with Avonti and I will let her explain what the foundation plans to do this weekend.

She says “My foundation is called To Save A Life in honor of Stephen Static/Major Garrett. As you know, Stephen was killed in the Hospital in 2008, and I decided that I was going to turn my pain into my passion! This year will be our 2nd ANNUAL RIP THA RUNWAY SHOW, in which we will be paying Tribute to the Late AALIYAH! 100% of the Proceeds of this fundraiser event will go back towards the foundation, for scholarships and tutoring! Also, we will be honoring Mothers, for MOTHERS DAY! This is an All White Affair and Cocktail event!”

Rip the Runway Mothers Day Gift 2015 will be Sunday, May 10th at the Kentucky Center for the Arts on West Main in downtown Louisville.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Major Styles,1160 West Indian Trail or by calling 502-767-9459. The 501C(3) non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing inner city youth in their pursuit of education and musical endeavors.

Nashota Modelz and Major Styles Salon will be the special host.  Some of the designers participating will be the Black Designers on tour, Dauphine of France Couture and many more that will participate on Sunday.  This all white attire fashion show and cocktail event will have a special tribute to the late Aaliyah that you don’t want to miss.

Static/Major was the lead songwriter for the late R&B singer Aaliyah. His songwriting collaborations with her include: “Are You That Somebody?”, which was featured in the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack, and the Romeo Must Die soundtrack singles “Come Back in One Piece” and her first and only number-one Billboard Hot 100 single “Try Again”. The songs “More than a Woman,” “We Need a Resolution,” “Rock the Boat”, “Loose Rap”, “Extra Smooth”, “I Refuse”, “Read Between the Lines”, “Those Were The Days,” and “Never No More” were all featured on her third and final studio album Aaliyah. Static Major earned Aaliyah four top 25 Billboard Hot 100 singles during his time working with the late R&B star.

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