Spartanburg Herald Journal
By Chris Lavender
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at 8:53 PM Updated Mar 9, 2019 at 8:53 PM
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Dr. Octavia Amaechi took center stage Saturday night, showing off her vocal skills at the Docs Who Rock fundraiser held at Wofford College to benefit the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
Amaechi was among nine local doctors who participated. Each doctor was paired with a band to perform a variety of songs. Amaechi joined the Rock and Roll Reunion to kick off the night before a crowd of nearly 2,000 people. When she is not singing hits by Tina Turner or The Blues Brothers, Amaechi is a hospitalist with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Growing up in church, Amaechi started singing solos in the choir at age 9. She’s always looking to share her love for singing with others.
“As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed using my gifts and talents,” Amaechi said in a brief interview before the show started. “To be part of this event is a real blessing. It’s something to really get excited about. When children hurt, it makes me hurt, because we were all children once and children are something we can get behind.”
The event was presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and hosted by the Spartanburg County Medical Society Alliance with the support of the Spartanburg County Medical Society. Each band performed several hits at the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.
For the opening act, all of the doctors joined each other on stage and performed Queen’s hit “We Will Rock You.” That song set the tone for the rest of the evening, building the excitement.
PHOTOS: Docs Who Rock at the Richardson Indoor Stadium
Dr. Joseph Boscia performed lead vocals and guitar in his band Missing Monday. He’s a pulmonologist at Spartanburg Medical Center. Throughout the year, Boscia’s band does special performances for families and their children facing health issues.
“The kids and families always appreciate it so much when you meet with them,” he said. “I am a rock star who just happens to be a doctor. It’s so thrilling to be up on stage.”
Missing Monday wowed the crowd with hits from Billy Joel, Blondie and Tom Petty.