Motley Nelson

Photographer and drummer, Motley Nelson is  a Young Entrepreneur.


GOALS, TALENT, DREAMS! Key words best used to describe thirteen (13) year old Motley Nelson.  By the time he was eight years old, Motley had formed two businesses. Following in his mother, Kendra Nelson’s footsteps, he became a drummer at age eight performing at church and local events.  In May of 2015, Motley joined his mom at the rehearsal for The All-Female Band rehearsal for the H.A.T.S Women’s Day brunch at the home of Karen Alexander.  Karen’s shared her love of photography with Motley and allowed him to use her camera.  That one opportunity gave him the encouragement to start his own photography business.

Motley’s first professional photography event was Brookland Baptist Church Women’s Day H.A.T.S. Brunch.  Since then, he has discovered his passion for Nature Photography.  His award-winning photos have been displayed at The South Carolina State Fair.

Motley is a constant learner.  Recently his desire to become a better drummer inspired him to enroll in a Drum Institute, under the direction of Timothy Williams BKA "SLICE".

After school and on weekends you will find him enjoying one of his two passions -- photography and music. Motley has played for several noted events in Columbia, SC.  Motley, along with Fred Kennedy and Zion Campbell, were the featured reception band at The Auntie Karen Legends of…2018 Concert “A Tribute To Prince” featuring Morris Day and The Time & Sheila E.  The same group also made an appearance at The University of South Carolina “Celebrate Freedom: A Celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” in January of 2019.

This busy young entrepreneur also finds time to enjoy his friends and hobbies! One of his hobbies is playing soccer for the Sandhills United Soccer Club. He extremely passionate about helping people and encouraging others. 

Motley's favorite saying is “If you put your mind to, it you can do it!”

For more information, contact Kendra Nelson at (803) 518-7304 or e-mail

Since 2003, The Auntie Karen Foundation has presented the annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference on the campus of Benedict College. This innovated conference brings youth from across the region together to foster economic empowerment.  In 2015, Motley was one of three winners of The Deborah Woodard Memorial Scholarship. Given each year at the annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference in memory of past Auntie Karen board member, Deborah Woodard.

The Auntie Karen Foundation is currently accepting Young Entrepreneurs to showcase at the 17thAnnual Young Entrepreneurs Conference to be held in October 2019. To nominate a youth for consideration contact Karen Alexander via email Karen.Alexander@auntiekaren.orgor call 803-748-7124.

The Auntie Karen Foundation is a global, 501(c) 3 charitable corporation based in Columbia, SC. To learn more about the Auntie Karen Foundation, visit #thinkbigknowbigger###

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