To evolve, elevate, enrich, edify, encourage—these signifying words pepper singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist Jarrard Anthony’s conversation whenever he describes his goals as a seeker, teacher, student and artist. Each time the doer presses the curve of a guitar against his body or sits poised behind an ivory row, he is searching, digging to unearth the stories and melodies of a shared humanity and spiritual source. Stated simply, Jarrard Anthony wants to connect, for listeners to experience the exchange of mutual energy-the transfer of love, knowledge, intimacy, and appreciation through music.
Demonstrating an early aptitude for writing songs to video game melodies, Jarrard caressed his first keyboard on Christmas Day at age 10. By high school, he’d made a commitment to share his gifts and seriously study his craft. While still in school, Anthony joined an R&B group, Personal Preference, where he learned the art of compromise and collaboration that would later lead to his writing for artists like Howard Hewitt, Franklin Roberts and many others. He was sought after for studio work with Levi Little of Blackstreet, Tim Dillinger, CJ Lewis, and producer Joshua Thompson (Babyface, Joe) just to name a few. Refinement in dance, voice, and performance came through 10,000 gladwell hours of group rehearsals, talent shows and local radio showcases, before eventually wowing the Apollo audience in New York.
Jarrard Anthony returns to Shootin’ The Breeze to share his views on love, life and family. He will give us an update on his latest project Ready To Live, JAPMEG and exciting news about the Saturday Soul Social.
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