By Trishna Sanyal
Jarrard Anthony. A talented singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist who has changed the face of true R&B music and style. Born in Richmond, VA, Anthony set out to become a solo artist at the tender age of 19 as he released his single “So D-vine” that became a Central Virginia hit. His indie EP debut, The Dream, soon followed earning him a #2 spot on UK charts.
Throughout his journey Anthony has shared stages with artists like Silk, Monica, Cam’ron, Amerie, The O’Jays, L.L. Cool J, Howard Hewitt, Lyfe Jennings, Anthony Hamilton, The Gap Band and Pieces of A Dream, launched a record label named JAP Music Entertainment Group, and has been featured in numerous magazines (VIBE, Black Beat, Blues & Soul).
Anthony exudes charisma, class, sensuality, and a sense of humbleness. His inner self ties him back to his spirituality and helps him identify with his true self- not just as a musician but as a devoted husband and father.
Bronze had a chance to catch up with Anthony in a candid interview. His latest album Ready to Live will be released June 19, 2012 featuring the hit single Lucky Day and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, or your local music store.
BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM: How do you remember your triumphant performance at Amateur Night at the Apollo?
JARRARD ANTHONY: I was 15 so I remember it as very exciting and I thought we (my group) was about to be famous. I met Biz Markie and Melba Moore that night and was star struck by both.
BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM: What message are you trying to portray through your music?
JARRARD ANTHONY: The message of the music is choose peace, love, and happiness in your life instead of chaos, hate, and misery. I tried both and the former is definitely the preferred choice…lol. It says Find your soul mate and give your love the way you would want it given back to you. Make love to them they way you would want to be made love to. Love your family and friends and look at your glass as all the way full. Half full with water and half full with air, both components necessary for life. Hence, READY TO LIVE.
BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM: What was it like when you heard you were nominated for the Choice Awards- Male Vocalist of the year?
JARRARD ANTHONY: It was a great feeling to feel recognized by your peers and those who support Independent Soul music. I love Soul family and I feel there is so much talent that is under appreciated. It was great to be in the same company as artists that I admired so much.
BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM: How has your spirituality transformed your perspective on life and music?
JARRARD ANTHONY: My spiritual outlook is the reason for everything I have in my life. Its self awareness. It has made me see myself completely, the flaws and errors of my person more clearly. It has also made me realize that those flaws are not my true nature and therefore I have the ability to transcend them. One of the reasons I am doing the READY TO LIVE Challenge is because I show my spirit and mind that my physical body does not have dominion. If you look at my album cover it is a version of Heru Em Akhet aka The Sphinx. It represents the head (the source of wisdom and divine guidance) having control over the body (pleasures of physical existence). That is why it is in the seated position. At the end of the day, peace of mind nor happiness is tied up in acquisition of things, it is in the mastery of self. I am a seeker of that daily. Whether a situation could be perceived as positive or negative I aim to approach it with peace in my mind and heart and with the most positive outlook possible. Learning teachings same choice, same result, different choice different result. I choose based on the result I want to see. You don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are. I give my energy to the perspective that great things are always happening in my life and when something happens that gives me adversity I see it as an opportunity to learn something new about myself and grow stronger. The music reflects the principles of what I aspire to be.
BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM: Where do you see yourself going from here?
JARRARD ANTHONY: Such an open ended question….To the moon Alice! To the moon. LOL. I could say, but then they’d be calling me the black Nostradamus so I will keep it to myself…
BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM: What advice would you give to your children if they followed in your footsteps?
JARRARD ANTHONY: Be humble. Be aware of what and who is around you and the energy they bring to your circle. If it’s not positive, get as far away from it as possible. Be determined and disciplined. When you make a decision stick to it and complete your tasks. Be accountable in all situations. Celebrate your victories and learn from your losses. Never accept defeat as the final outcome in any circumstance and never blame anyone else for your shortcomings.