Charles Kennedy “Charlie K”– Director

From the early years until now, Charlie K’s persona has been shaped by, and has revolved around music.  In the early 60’s then a founding member of “Wild Bunch Disco” until now, he has been playing music to entertain.  Now a host on  Friday nights find him along with his co-host and wife Jennifer aka “Silky Voice” in “The Lava Lounge” sharing his music via the worldwide web on his show Quiet Vibes from 9:00 pm to 12 midnight.

His solid dedication to VRCA was convincingly demonstrated when the Association held its Memorial Weekend event in Atlanta in 2013. Charlie spearheaded a tremendously successful weekend, a feat that is even more commendable given that this was the inaugural staging of the event in Atlanta.

Charlie became a member of VRCA in 2011 and was awarded a Lifetime achievement award in 2014.       

Aubrey “Stumpy” Grant - Lifetime member and Director

Aubrey “Stumpy” Grant personifies dedication and loyalty to VRCA. Aubrey Grant has been appointed to Lifetime membership from 2018. Our newest Director Stumpy was appointed to that position in March 2015, having been a member of the organization since 2010.   

Unusually his early exposure to music came from his mother Doris Grant. A lady who loved to entertain her friends on weekends, music was always an integral part of the package. Aubrey’s job was to load the records on the stereogram to keep the music flowing. She must have sensed something about him and the music because of all his siblings he was the only one who was assigned to this job. To this day “Stumpy” still has records in his collection with his mothers name on them. These represent a real treasure for him.

Stumpy started buying records in the late 1960’s to early 70’s and was a member of the Plus X Aggregation -  a renowned Disco in Jamaica in the 70’s -80’s. In those days he recalled playing every Sunday at the Flea market on Trafalgar Road often times having to hustle to that venue straight from their frequent Saturday night engagements. In 1987 he migrated to New York and, it was no surprise that his records went too. Interestingly the records were sent by airfreight in 2 barrels as no costs were spared to ensure that his gems accompanied him. In New York he reconnected with friends Trevor “Bop” McDonald and DJ Yo-yo, himself an old Plus X associate. Already on the record-collecting scene in New York these two friends took Stumpy around on several trips hunting for records. Inevitably he joined the fun and started collecting ardently.

A lover of soul music Stumpy just never seems to get enough of this genre.