Published on August 16th, 2017 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Five Questions with Antoine Dunn
Smooth and soulful are words that describe Antoine Dunn, the man and his music. Dunn’s sound channels a timeless style, embodied by Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles—all sources of inspiration for his music. Contemporary artists such as John Legend, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and Adele round out the myriad of styles from which he draws.
His latest single “By Design” is a testament to the art of singing from the soul and delivering an emotionally charged celebration of love.
Dunn’s debut single “Can’t Forget” and the follow-up single/video “Miss My Love” charted in the Top 20 on the Billboard Chart, singer/songwriter/musician showing his potential to be the next great soul man. The Cleveland-born natural is that rare complete package of soul that seems to only come along about once in a decade.
Antoine went on to be picked up as the opening act of Anthony Hamilton’s national “Back to Love Tour” (with Estelle) where he received glowing reviews. A journalist from Examiner.com wrote in her review of his opening set at Detroit’s legendary Fox Theatre, “Those that had made the wise decision to arrive early experienced a powerful show filled with passion, heart and profound musicianship.
Antoine is all about music’s power to bring people together. “Holistically, so much keeps us separated – sexual preferences, economics, neighborhoods. My goal is to help break down barriers. At a concert when everyone is vibing on the music, no one cares whether the person sitting next to them has the exact same beliefs that they do. As an artist, I want to do things that reveal me as unlimited in my creativity and with the purpose of unity.”
The singer-songwriter’s yet to be titled forthcoming album slated for a 2018 release through Harvey Marie Records is already starting to generate much anticipation. The second single – “By Design” was recently featured on Shazam’s #NewMusicFriday iTunes playlist, and premiered on SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul in June. “I’m so excited to share this new musical chapter with my fans all over the world.
The Hype Magazine checked in with Antoine as he re-embarks on his musical journey.
As you see yourself, who is Antoine Dunn?
Antoine Dunn is committed to Artistic Purity over Artistic Popularity – I’m a lover; the type of person who is passionate about people and their success just as much as my own. I think it’s important to encourage people to continue to surrender to love and faith no matter what they have been through. My music is a reflection of me!
Tell us about your current project?
My Current project is something that has been years in the making. I had to live 4 years just to have the words, melody and compositions that I believe will reach the souls of every listener who listens to this music. What’s from the soul, is received in the soul – I’m so excited to share this work with the World.
What’s on your bucket list to accomplish as an entertainer?
Well – Number one would be inspire, encourage and empower millions of people. That’s what the #AntoineDunn1Million campaign is all about. Second would be to fulfill my long-time goal of being a Grammy Award winner. Three would be to provide education and opportunities to those coming up in the industry who are committed to Artistic Purity over Artistic Popularity via my new record label; Harvey Marie Records.
Will you be finishing out 2017 on the road or what’s on your horizon for 2018?
I do plan to finish out the year between the road and the studio. There’s so much on the horizon with the new label, upcoming collaborations with Dj Sir Charles of WBLS in NYC and so many more things to come that I’m not at will to mention. My whole team and I are excited about this season of my career – It’s gonna be AWESOME!
The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?
I’d have to say 2012 Back To Love Tour w Anthony Hamilton & Estelle in Dallas, TX when someone put weed cookies in my dressing room without telling me!! Needless to say – That was a very interesting show! “Where they do that at?!?!
I just want to thank The Hype Magazine for this opportunity and I want to thank all my fans for supporting me over the years! Don’t forget to to Buy, Rate, Review and Share my music with all of your family and friends and hashtag #AntoineDunn1Million
Download By Design: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/by-design-single/id1224152701
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