Rahn Anthoni is a Christian R&B/hip hop artist, an ex-BET Networks host and an advocate for special needs children. He has a heartbreaking tale to tell about his own special needs child, who passed away from abuse allegedly at the hands of a caregiver. His new single, “I’ll Trust You” was produced by a Dove Award winner and it’s a tribute to his son. Rahn is also the founder of several special needs charities.
Rahn crafts hot hip-hop with an R&B flow, with its deep roots in gospel flavors. His history with inspirational music has helped him develop a positive relationship with God and the world of song. Despite the heartbreaking circumstances around the death of his special needs son, Aaron Hatcher, Rahn has been able to turn tragedy to triumph, delivering a message of hope and love to the masses. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Well I was the one because I was born with a rare kidney disease which can cause you to die. I lived through it and it caused me to write. Going through that as a child without a father in my life caused me to do things. I had to learn how to handle things on my own as a male. I had to listen from within and figure it out. I learned that there was a power inside of me that was directing me. As I was directed I started to write things down. My family are singers and, being that I watch them rehearse as a child, it grew in me.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
When I was in high school I was called as a winner. Well I thought it was me. It was another Ronald and I was embarrass to the point of no return. I made it through that ordeal and learned from that.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my career was hosting The Oscars Red Carpet!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Life is my writer and I approach it in a nature way. It comes to me as if I was it! I am the writer! I am the pen! I am.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I see that the major labels don't give us a chance to let our light shine because of the Money - they have to dominate the industry. I wish they would change that and allow NEW Artists to make it to the big things going on in the industry. I wish they would give us a chance to hit the main stream just like the major artists.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to share the stage with Fantasia because she has a voice that will blend with mine if we sung a good R&B soulful song together.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I prepare by going through the scale of music. I always sing songs before to warm my vocals. I learned this from an A List artist. Datra Hicks trained me on always warming up before I sing. I learned from Dottie Peoples to use vocal coat for my throat and not to strain my voice.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Hold On - Hold on is a song that was written as I was going through loosing my special needs son to an alleged abuse caused by his teachers. This song taught me how to Hold On. I was going through it as I was writing this and I completed the video through the process.
Check out the beautiful and heart-warming video of "I'll Trust You."
What's coming up in the future?
I'm working on a movie about what happen to my son, a country song, A Play and working on Aaron Hatcher's 'They Can't Talk But We Can' an organization to stop abuse on The Special Needs Community
Where can fans find you?