Holiday Wishes: Rugby gives back with a reason to ‘Celebrate’Written by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When Wesley Billops, aka Rugby, found out about “Holiday Wishes,” it didn’t take him long to contribute to the project.
In fact, Rugby was so moved he finished the original song “Celebrate” in just a day’s time.
“I really liked it and really felt it,” Rugby said. “We wanted to celebrate this holiday CD. I really just got into it, got into the mood and the feeling and the words just came out. I was doing something positive and the words just came out and it was like magic.”
Rugby, who attended Rogers High School, was born in a music-driven family in Detroit before coming to Toledo. He developed his talent in hip-hop before moving away in 2004. He is now based in Columbus.
“I’m bringing it back to the city,” Rugby said of his appearance on the Toledo-based CD. “The main thing I want people to get from my music is that it is more of an experience. It is a certain vibe and a certain aura. I just want to pick up people’s spirits when they turn on the music. That’s why I made that song.”
As for the importance of organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rugby was eager to be involved with the fundraiser.
“It’s very, very important,” Rugby said. “I want to be more hands-on with charities. I want to find any event that I can, to be involved with charities or anything involved with helping kids in general, including music programs.”