How to Use Your Hardships as a Tool to Turn Your Life Around and Change the World: With Rahn Anthoni
By Yitzi Weiner and Casmin Wisner
“I learned to forgive in spite of the situation with my son, and decided to change the world through this tragedy.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Rahn Anthoni, award-winning Christian artist who took the international press and airwaves by storm with 2017’s most inspirational track, “I’ll Trust You.” The song earned him a Radio Music Award and an Indie Music Channel Award, and numerous other accolades including the Man-Up Award, for his charity work. Rahn’s history with inspirational music has helped him develop a positive relationship with God and the world of song. Despite the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding 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.
Encouraged by the support the country music world showed his R&B-flavored music, Rahn has returned with an ambitious new “country soul” tune that’s reminiscent of Darius Rucker, Charley Pride, and other soulful country artists. “Highway” was written by Rahn, and it tells of his journey from tragedy to triumph, looking back on the story of his life. It will be released on MTS Records in January 2018.
What is your backstory?
My special needs son Aaron Hatcher was allegedly abused by his teachers until his death, and I suffered a heart attack which led to open heart
surgery. I learned through these ordeals that life is made up of many highways, and I must choose the right path. I learned to forgive in spite of the situation with my son, and decided to change the world through this tragedy. Life is what we make it! I chose to love and change lives by working with legislation to amend the Immunity Law for the special needs community. I also managed to work with Rep. Valencia Stovell and Lala Dunson, adding cameras to the special needs classrooms in the State of Georgia. This was a big part of my healing.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
I performed at an award show and I heard my name called as the winner. However, I found out as I walked across the stage that it was another Ron that had been called. This was funny, embarrassing, and humiliating.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects that you are working on now?
I’m working on a short story about what happened to my son Aaron Hatcher,
to bring awareness to the world. I’m looking to get this picked up by Lifetime. This is a interesting project because it’s been part of my healing.
Who are some of the most famous people you have interacted with?
Angela Bassett. It was beautiful seeing an A-list actress who is very humble.
Do you have any stories you’d like to share?
I was at a film festival taking pictures with—and of—Mrs. Bassett. Her son looked at me and asked, “Why are you taking a picture of my mom without her permission?” Her son was walking toward the street when a car was coming and I yelled at him to get out of the road. It happened so quick and when I realized it was her son, I was in shock.
Which people in history inspire you the most, and why?
John Walsh. I can see that I’m following in his footsteps because of what happened to his son. His son was kidnapped, and Mr. Walsh turned that into an opportunity to protect and save others from the bad people of the world.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
When I’m performing in front of people, I always tell them my story. I encourage everyone to visit schools and get to know the staff. I advise everyone that we must be a voice to the voiceless. I wrote a song called “They Can’t Talk but We Can,” and it ministers to the world as it’s played on radio stations across the world.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started,” and why?
- The cost can be high. It’s expensive when you invest in yourself as a independent artist.
- You may not make a lot of money, especially at first. When you are an independent artist, you don’t make a lot of money because you reinvest it back into your craft.
- There are always bad people. Many people will try to stop you from reaching your dreams. Follow your passion.
- It’s takes a lot of time to become successful. When you are an artist, there’s not a lot of free time.
- It’s not easy. It takes work, work, and more work in order to make your dream happen.
Is there a person in the world whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?
I would love to meet Denzel Washington because it would be a dream for him to play me in my movie about my late son Aaron Hatcher, and have Vanessa Williams play his wife. I would love to sit down with him and discuss what happened and get him onboard.
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!
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