By: Spencer White - Staff Writer 11/30/2016
Kevin O’Leary famously loves several things: wine, photography, money and guitars. At a recent event in Detroit, O’Leary spoke about his passions with the Motor City community.
O’Leary was visiting Detroit to receive the inaugural Detroit Inspiration Award at the Benzinga headquarters and plugged in for an impromptu jam session with local beatboxing sensation Stevie Soul.
After talking about his life story and investment philosophy, O’Leary strummed some blues chords while Stevie Soul busted out a backbeat. Check out a video of the pair playing below.
“When the folks at Benzinga told me Mr. Wonderful played blues guitar, I knew I had to figure out a way to jam with him,” Stevie Soul, real name Stevie Ansara, said in an interview with Benzinga. “I’ll tell you what, it was nice to interact with his artistic side compared to the Shark side!”
While the jam session wasn’t formally planned, both O’Leary and Stevie Soul are masters of their craft and didn’t have any trouble finding the rhythm.
“We chatted briefly prior to the set, but didn’t rehearse, so I wasn't sure what to expect,” Ansara said. “My plan was to let him find his groove and hop on when I saw fit. Once we locked into a groove together, it was seamless. Overall, it was a very memorable and humbling experience. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity.”
During the event, Benzinga CEO Jason Raznick also presented O’Leary with a bottle of wine from Charles Woodson Wines, a label from a former champion University of Michigan cornerback turned winemaker. The bottle was provided by the House of Pure Vin, a Detroit wine shop recently featured on CNBC.