Sporah Interviewing Anthony..!
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS: THE STORY
Follow Your Dreams: Was no1 for 25 weeks on the Jazz charts (Reverbnation) and stayed top14 for 3 years consecutively since released in 2009.
The first UK and Anglo African act to achieve that success.
"Anthony is a dynamic performer whose sound is characterized by a hybrid of jazz vocals, blues beats and scatological rifts, indeed a soul singer with an acoustic twist" (Podium Magazine Review)."
Follow Your Dreams - Thank You Notes.
I am a songwriter. My songs are an interpretation of my day to day emotions.. Whether sad, angry, depressed or full of joy - there’s always a story a narrative to tell and my songs are a creative way to allay and express my emotions in a positive way. That's why I write, singing is then the medium through which I convey myself outwardly.
I've written well over 1000 songs and continue to write daily on piano. I love Jazz, Soul & Gospel.
My songs bring simplicity to life full of chaos as it is – they are wholesome and melodic and yet memorable so as to keep you entangled in its hypnotic spirit enhancing vibe. This isn’t a typical album but an exploration of a greater intent that was temporarily derailed by the travails in life I was going through at that time.
I was depressed and became narcoleptic. Nobody was interested in my music or my career. I was fired from every job you can think of. So I struggled creatively but I'm proud of my struggles because it’s part of the story of who I am.
I have been blessed by life through the thorns it has weaved into my flesh because without it the better spirit that I am today would not have been possible. I see all obstacles in life as a reason to step forward and challenge the inner spirit in me.
I am grateful to those who have been part of my journey through pain through sorrow and in light. Namely my family and friends.
I am thankful to God the author of my salvation and strength who has bestowed great gifts upon me that I am unworthy of.
I asked God for the “gift of music” in my late teens with all my heart and promised to glorify him with it. It’s a gift I cherish greatly and it’s a gift I will continue to honour him with.
Blessings and light be unto those who find love and happiness in my music. As the hope of light shines upon you it shines upon the people closest to you and as the love shines through you it shines upon those that connect with you.
Follow Your Dreams: Was no1 for 25 weeks on the Jazz charts and stayed top14 for 3 years consecutively since released in 2009.
It is proof that you can achieve whatever in life you truly believe in. It was an independent effort with no major label backing.
It’s easily one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever attempted to undertake. Betrayal and loneliness had to combated with fortitude and unwavering faith. This album is the gift of my victory.
Everything in my life was giving up on me: but this soothing gentle voice in my heart in the studio one day in the middle of a take, told me 'You have to find a way to get back into your brain again'. It’s a voice I would recognise even if the whole world was collapsing around me, it’s a voice I would never say no to.
That moment of inspiration was the all I needed to sustain me during the process of making the album. “Follow Your Dreams” was a last minute addition to the project. God truly works in mysterious ways.
The song was already written and forgotten about until I listened to the album again and felt like something more was needed. Then I called up all the songs on my laptop and “Follow Your Dreams” came up. The rest as they say is history.
This particular song has inspired many people far and wide, including me. There are days when the struggles of life threaten to bring me down and then I listen to this song and a new lease of life starts flowing through me. I feel blessed by it and it brings me joy to share my blessings with you.