Our Staff

J. Snowden Sr. : CEO and Music Supervisor

J. Snowden Sr.

CEO and Music Supervisor

J. Snowden, CEO and Music Supervisor, from Ocala Florida, part owner of Seven Arts Center and owner of Pioneer Towing Service ensures all goes smoothly from tutorial services, performances, and workshops. He is also the audio engineer mixing up the sounds at every event. He enjoys working with sound reinforcement and recording systems since 2009. J. Snowden has been in the music business for over 5 years. J. continues to thrive in the music industry through the Seven Arts Center working in the Seven Arts Radio studio. He is an important asset to the Seven Arts Center Team!

O. Makeba : Founder / Program Director / Art & Computer Instructor

O. Makeba

Founder / Program Director / Art & Computer Instructor

With over twenty years dedicated to art but discovering it at 5 years old, Makeba has created a design company that satisfies the artistic pretention related to graphics, illustrations and everything the web needs. Owner and Operator of O.Makeba Designs, LLC, Makeba builds an educational perspective on technological art by providing tutorial sessions and classes for the Seven Arts Center. Makeba has also designed graphics, murals, and painting for her small and large enterprises clients.
Certificates: American Intercontinental University BFA, University of Phoenix Atlanta MIS, Toon Boon Animation Certification, Shaw Academy Digital Marketing Diploma/
Awards: Woman of the Year from the GA Clergy 2010, St. Patrick Day Honoree in Illustration, SCAD Master Scholarship program in Illustration, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
Designed words: Painting for Singles & Couples, plus the Kids Club at Seven Arts Center  Illustrated books: I am Princess, Zuri the Fairy, Jean Head Music Box, African American Crosswords, Sacred Symbols of Life Coloring book and more. www.omakebaonline.com

Art Yake : Market Director / SACR Manager

Art Yake
Market Director / SACR Manager

Art Yake came to SAC with a strong background in marketing, market research, and web development. He oversees the production  of SACR,  all website content for SAC and SACR – site usability, search engine optimization, print collateral, online advertising, as well as all marketing campaigns.

Also, Art Yake is General Manager of SACR, America’s healing voice internet radio company. He oversees all aspects of the company’s operations and delivers minimum commercial-free music to over 10,000 subscribers.


Calandra Gantt
Voice / Violin / Piano

Vocal, Piano & Music Theory instructor with over 113 years experience in the gospel, classical, Jazz, Pop, and composing. She studied at Morris Brown College in music education. She is a 4x Rhythm of Gospel Nominee, YGEA Award Nominee, 5x Prayzefactor People Choice Award Nominee, Music Love Awards Praise/Worship Artist Nominee, Gospel Image Award Nominee and 5x IGARA Radio Alliance Award Nominee, 2017 Voices of Gospel Award Nominee. She is the 2015 Akademia Award Winner for Best Christian/Pop Album and 2017 Prayzefactor People Choice Praise and Worship Artist of the Year. God blessed her also with her own radio show, ”The Princess of Praise Show “that aired every 2nd and 4th Friday on WYZE. She released 2 singles My Season and Living Miracle in November of 2015. Her music can be found on iHeart Radio, Spotify and all digital retailers. She is excited about what God is doing for the ministry. She re-released her album entitled, I Surrender -Songs of Reflections, VOL. 1. in 2017 and is scheduled to release her 4th album entitled, “The PWS Experience, Vol. 5 Live and Unplugged in 2018. She now host’s her radio show, “The Princess of Praise Show” Monday – Saturday nights on W.E.M. The Blaze, which God has elevated now into her own television show on The OnPoint Channel/Xperience on Demand and will debut in 270 million viewer’s homes Her goal is to use this platform to help elevate fellow singers, businesses and ministries.

Carla Rascoe
Acoustic Guitar/ Electric & bass Guitar /Piano / Latin instructor

Music & Latin instructor with over 15 years experience in rock, classical, Jazz,
Pop, and composing. She received her BA Degree in Latin & Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Jordan Manley
Drum Instructor/ All Percussion Professional

Jordan has been playing for over 15 years and professional drums within the rock, jazz, gospel as well as other genres.
Jordan’s early years were spent playing in churches and traveling with his uncle’s gospel group. In high school he played in the marching band and in the years after, he joined the Columbus-based rock-hip-hop band Stereomonster. The band has recorded three full-length albums and has toured the southeast extensively including an appearance at SXSW. They’ve also performed at several Atlanta venues including Smith’s Olde Bar and the Masquerade.

Between stints on the road, Jordan taught drum lessons at the Columbus School of Music. He was a three-time senior project mentor and also helped instruct the School of Rock–a program that trained student bands in performance and self-promotion. As a sideman, Jordan is a lighthearted guy who listens exceptionally well and blends with any genre of music. He’s influenced by drummers like Dave Grohl and John Blackwell as well as musicians like Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, and several hip-hop producers.

As a teacher, he’s a fun-loving music historian with a wealth of knowledge and on-the-gig experience to share. He specializes in teaching rudiments, reading and various styles of playing drum set including rock, hip-hop, country, and gospel. Parents and students appreciate his patience and his ability to meet their personal goals.

Dasmyn Grigsby
Drum line & Percussion Instructor.
Graduate of Bethune Cookman University.
SPR 09 Initiate of the Delta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. and former Marching Wildcat! Teaches proper technique and playing styles for the battery and pit percussion. Performances with the Atlanta Braves drumline. He was also Dhighlighted during Beyonce’s 2018 “Coachella” performance.

Mickey : Flute Instructor

Flute Instructor

Mickey has a multi-faceted career, performing as a classical and jazz musician, solo and is active in the freelance community. Mickey believes in a holistic approach to teaching, involving music appreciation, theory, improvisation and ear training. Mickey does not teach the only flute but teaches students to be artists and passionate in all that they do. Mickey studied at Florida University as well as principal flute in the Flute Choir