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Art & Life with Harrison Crenshaw

Today we’d like to introduce you to Harrison Crenshaw.

Harrison, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m originally from St. Louis, MO and moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was 15 years old. I’ve had a lot of musical influences growing up since my parents were musicians and performers themselves in genres such as jazz, musical theatre, R&B and gospel. I grew up singing in our church choir and performing in our family’s theatre company, which led to being involved in every Performing Arts program throughout my time in school. When I was about 13, my aunt bought me my first CD – Mariah Carey’s album, “Butterfly”. I fell in love with Mariah’s songwriting and even more with the genre of R&B, From that moment on, I decided becoming a recording artist was something I wanted to do as a career. I went on to study classical music and voice at Loyola Marymount University and, from that moment on, have had a career in music. I’ve taught music appreciation and theory in schools, been a studio session singer, arranged music for a collegiate a cappella group, taught voice, recorded a religious album and currently am a music director in West Hollywood, CA.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I try to make music that makes one think – about oneself, others and the world as a whole. I try to use it as a mirror for the different things I feel or experience in my life and try to connect those ideas with other perspectives and lessons that I have learned from my ancestors and mentors. It always starts as little melodic ways to sing about ordinary happenings or observations. Then, I usually will make the entire song vocally, sometimes keeping in mind an instrument I might be imagining, but mostly letting the voice be its own instrument and sound. Later, I collaborate to imagine a more live representation of the instruments. Some of my most important musical inspirations are artists and songs from the Motown era, Prince, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot & 90s R&B. What I hope people take away from my art is a new, encouraging and expanded perspective of life.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the biggest challenge facing artists today is balancing and maintaining yourself as an artist & a business. Being an independent recording artist, I am my own everything – boss, manager, assistant, etc. For most signed mainstream artists, they have a paid team for each of those that belongs or is affiliated to a label. In addition and due to advances in technology, there is also more to keep on top of as an artist, as entertainment has expanded beyond performances and recordings into the intimate lives of the artist themselves.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can check me out on SoundCloud, where I have a mix of different music I’ve written over the years for different types of performances, as well as covers. Also, make sure to follow me on Spotify and iTunes and check out my new single, “Everything”, as the recording artist, ANÚ.

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Image Credit:
Harrison Crenshaw, Kent Jenkins, Nick Belohlavy, Makayla Symmonds

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