“We’re not of the same cloth, because I’m cut differently,” hip-hop artist and songwriter Allay Earhart points out in his single Different. After my conversation with Earhart, 25, this turned out to be true. He is in a class of his own.
Growing up in New Orleans, her love for music was influenced by her family.
“My pursuit with music started with my dad. He was a very influential factor. He was once someone who was heavily involved in street life in New Orleans and I kind of went down the same path because I looked up to him, but there was a time when an older cousin of mine lost his life to gun violence actually on a prominent street in New Orleans by the name of Earhart Boulevard, so that’s why I added the Earhart to the end of my name to honor my cousin, who ultimately was the reason I decided to take this straight path and m ‘express in music,’ he says.
And this path has been incredible for him. Of course, this tragic event changed his life, but his musical influence came from a mixture of the musical tastes of his parents and grandparents.
“In my heart, I’m a hip-hop baby but I’m considered eclectic in a way. I grew up in a family with my grandparents because my parents were teenage parents, so I had the opportunity to be exposed to old but good, all soul and R&B. Honestly, I listen to that more than hip-hop. The way I choose to express myself is primarily through hip-hop, but I’m a songwriter, so I can write any genre,” Earhart explains.
Speaking of genres, Earhart says he loves music from artists like Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Soulja Slim, and Nas, but he can also listen to Anita Baker, Betty Wright, and Smokey Robinson. As for getting groovy with it, he loves it Groove City by Chocolate Milk, a funk and soul band from New Orleans.
But Earhart has more talent to add to his roster as a songwriter. He started writing poetry, which turned into music. He mentioned Dear Diary, as being his first project in 2013. Things got really serious after that. He skipped his senior trip and decided to use that money to buy his recording equipment. A wise investment in its future.
When it comes to his style, he doesn’t shy away from making comparisons. He would say his style is in line with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000 and CeeLo Green.
“I like people who push boundaries but still have messages with what they’re talking about,” he says.
Earhart was mentioned earlier different. He has his hands in a lot of pots right now, which also includes acting and film. He and his team are currently working on a short film titled 40 hoursa musical project, symbolic of staying committed to your craft full time, the same thing you would do at a 9-5, showing real situations of inspiring artists who experience ups and downs but ultimately show the reasons why these things happen, to build character.
I wanted to know where Earhart got her confidence from.
“My mantra is Be you, be Vaku. I learned that being in tune with yourself is one of the best things you can do, one of the best discoveries you can make,” he says.
“At one point I was finding my identity in bands, wanting people to like and make people happy, but what I’ve achieved, the one thing that helps me ultimately be who I’m meant to be a times that I believe and accept who I am,” he says.
The entertainment industry can mean a lot, especially to young artists, but Earhart has a few things in place to help keep them grounded.
“I come from a very spiritual family, but for me once Hurricane Katrina hit where I almost lost my life, it was a time when I was able to have divine intervention in a way and I knew it was something that was bigger than me, so that moment when I started to build my relationship with God has always been the reason I stay grounded,” he says.
If that wasn’t enough, Earhart also owns a bottled water business with her mother called Eliss, which has just been contracted to work with the Louis Armstrong airport in New Orleans.
Another project he is working on is called Project tall habits, tall heights .
“It pays homage to Dallas because I moved to Dallas. It’s about developing a new mindset and reaching for heights or goals that you inspire to achieve. Dallas is the first place I’ve been to and where I witnessed acts of philanthropy, so it holds a special place in my heart,” says Earhart.
Earhart also makes sure to give back by working with non-profit organizations like the 4DWN projectthat empowers youth and communities through recreation, culture, education and conversation.
You want to get to know Earhart, because he’ll be performing at his home at Essence Fest in New Orleans in June/July, which is a loop moment.
Allay Earhart is in her own lane and the path is heading towards major success.