Interview with an Award-winning American Singer/Songwriter Seth Hilary Jackson
By Ismaila M.S. Naban, Banjul The Gambia
Mr. Seth Hilary Jackson is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter at Row Town Music. Among his career highlights was a Presidential Invitation to the White House, the residence and office of the President of the United States, thanks to his song ‘Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis’, named after a War Hero who received a posthumous Medal of Honor.. The song was performed at the US Army reception following the award ceremony..
In this interview, the independent American recording artist-cum-songwriter gave us an insight of his musical career. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania-The Wharton School with MBA degree in Marketing, the New Yorker, had developed musical love for Guitar as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. During his college days at Brown University, Mr. Jackson finally bought a guitar and started learning chords; but it’s not until he was an MBA student that he wrote his debut song-“The Job Search Blues”, relating to his experience with “the frenzy of the MBA employment scramble”. Dozens of Seth’s pop and country songs have been placed with recording artists and in film and TV (Series). Several of them made the ‘Top 10’ on European Country Music Association airplay charts.
My name is Seth Hilary Jackson, and I’m a singer-songwriter. My roots are in classic rock, although I have a lot of other influences. I like to say that my music is genre-fluid. At 66 years old, a lot of people might say I’m way too old to be launching a career as an artist, but I say I’m too young not to be making music and putting it out there.
What motivated you into singing? And which languages do you use in your song/s?
One industry person, though, heard one of my rough demo recordings and encouraged me to sing more. A few others also began to encourage me, and eventually I recorded an album.
How long have been singing?
How many Albums, if any, have you released?
What is your most recent song?
Musical career could be daunting, especially with the advent of Covid-19. How are you dealing with the challenges?
What are the successes you registered so far? We understand you’re an award-winning singer/songwriter. Tell us about the award/s.
One of my proudest moments was when I received a Presidential invitation to the White House because of my song, “Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis”, which was the name of a war hero who gave his lift to save his friends. He received a posthumous Medal of Honor, and my song was performed at the US Army reception following the award ceremony.
In few years to come, where do you expect to see yourself, in terms of music?
Which age brackets are music appealing to?
What future musical projects do you have?
Any messages to your esteemed fans and supporters?
I love you all and I appreciate your support. Keep your eyes and ears pen for new music!
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