Presenting our 2024

GALA EMCEE

We are grateful for her support!

AKIA UWANDA MCDANIEL

Akia Uwanda McDaniel, aka Akia Uwanda, a Jacksonville, Florida native who was raised an only child and left much to her vivid imagination. She explored and appreciated different genres of music, art, culture, math and science which have all prepared her to be the entertainer, visionary and advocate for STEAM that she is today.

Classically and experientially trained, sultry jazz, soul vocalist, Akia Uwanda is a multi-talented entertainer and superiorly the girl next door. This songstress has been an adored singer and performer most of her life, but has remained a helpful philanthropist and exemplar of humility throughout her climb to success.

Akia has infectiously captured the hearts and minds of many with her warmth, glowing beauty, and her siren-like chords.  She has opened up for Earth, Wind and Fire and Avery Sunshine, as well as shared the same stage with jazz greats, Gregory Porter and Kamasi AKIA UWANDA MCDANIEL Washington.

Akia has been scouted by numerous music producers and playwrights and has humbly performed on stages nationally and abroad. From private, sultry jazz soirees to regionally adapted stage play performances, she has performed at national venues such as the illustrious Four Seasons Hotel in Houston; Carnegie Hall, New York; and in Italy.

The uniqueness of her essence, sound, and delivery have catapulted her into an impeccable career, being requested to perform in South Korea, performing on the world’s stage during Super Bowl Fifty-one and at an exclusive yacht party at the behest of the Jacksonville Jaguar (NFL) team owner, Shad Khan. She is one of the most sought-after vocal talents in America and is progressively cultivating her global appeal.

Akia Uwanda McDaniel is a Polymath at heart. Her entrepreneurial spirit expands into the Brand Strategist, Media, Technology, Event Planning and Consultation Businesses as the owner of Akia Uwanda Enterprises and Global Music & Publishing Group.  She takes the business of entertainment serious and speaks about the development of music in video gaming and the emotions that it evokes.

Akia Uwanda Enterprises is an innovation, solution driven firm that specializes in corporate, private and public event planning, business and brand consulting along with development of talent and products in the entertainment, technological and marketing worlds. She has worked with several corporate clients on professional development, diversity and inclusion,  activities, public speaking, artistic expression in the workplace, and collaborative intelligence.

Akia currently serves as Chair of the Beaches Fine Arts Series Board of Trustees.

    Presenting our 2024

    GALA EMCEE 

    We are grateful for her support!

    AKIA UWANDA MCDANIEL

    Akia Uwanda McDaniel, aka Akia Uwanda, a Jacksonville, Florida native who was raised an only child and left much to her vivid imagination. She explored and appreciated different genres of music, art, culture, math and science which have all prepared her to be the entertainer, visionary and advocate for STEAM that she is today.

    Classically and experientially trained, sultry jazz, soul vocalist, Akia Uwanda is a multi-talented entertainer and superiorly the girl next door. This songstress has been an adored singer and performer most of her life, but has remained a helpful philanthropist and exemplar of humility throughout her climb to success.

    Akia has infectiously captured the hearts and minds of many with her warmth, glowing beauty, and her siren-like chords.  She has opened up for Earth, Wind and Fire and Avery Sunshine, as well as shared the same stage with jazz greats, Gregory Porter and Kamasi AKIA UWANDA MCDANIEL Washington.

    Akia has been scouted by numerous music producers and playwrights and has humbly performed on stages nationally and abroad. From private, sultry jazz soirees to regionally adapted stage play performances, she has performed at national venues such as the illustrious Four Seasons Hotel in Houston; Carnegie Hall, New York; and in Italy.

    The uniqueness of her essence, sound, and delivery have catapulted her into an impeccable career, being requested to perform in South Korea, performing on the world’s stage during Super Bowl Fifty-one and at an exclusive yacht party at the behest of the Jacksonville Jaguar (NFL) team owner, Shad Khan. She is one of the most sought-after vocal talents in America and is progressively cultivating her global appeal.

    Akia Uwanda McDaniel is a Polymath at heart. Her entrepreneurial spirit expands into the Brand Strategist, Media, Technology, Event Planning and Consultation Businesses as the owner of Akia Uwanda Enterprises and Global Music & Publishing Group.  She takes the business of entertainment serious and speaks about the development of music in video gaming and the emotions that it evokes.

    Akia Uwanda Enterprises is an innovation, solution driven firm that specializes in corporate, private and public event planning, business and brand consulting along with development of talent and products in the entertainment, technological and marketing worlds. She has worked with several corporate clients on professional development, diversity and inclusion,  activities, public speaking, artistic expression in the workplace, and collaborative intelligence.

    Akia currently serves as Chair of the Beaches Fine Arts Series Board of Trustees.