Andre “Versatile” Hunter – Music Mogul a G. D. Grace Interview

The historical and powerful idiom, “Young, Gifted & Black” is a phrase that personifies one with extraordinary abilities, and in this particular case that one is a rising, young, music mogul who goes by the aptly deemed name of  Andre “Versatile” Hunter.

Born in Springfield, MA and now based out of Chicago, Illinois, his gypsy-like existence has him frequenting many areas throughout the states, including Canada and overseas.  Currently he is on Ameilia Island (Fernandina Beach, FL) – Miami FL is also included in his Florida stop.  In addition to cities in Florida, Atlanta GA is also a state and city that he parks his suitcases at from time to time.

When asked about his grueling traveling schedule, he simply states that he makes himself available for all inquiries, collaborations, performances and appearances.  He revealed that he is about to embark on a tour called “The Versatile Xperience” bka “The VX” which will target cities, states, and provinces that he has traveled to before and received the most love, but he is also reaching out and extending his entertainment travels to areas that would have otherwise not been capable of landing major acts.  His flexibility and openness to play for big-budget venues and small intimate ones allow fans of all economic means the opportunity to see him perform.  He added that he wants the world to know him and that he aspires to become a household name, known for tastefully rich and honest entertainment.

Hunter’s zeal to compose music was ignited by the people in his surroundings who lived their lives through music; he elaborated by saying that his mother and father kept the household flowing with it, and that his mother’s voice was comparable to Whitney Houston when she was at the top of her game.  He shared another fond memory of how he was awakened at his aunt’s house one night, and asked to sing Houston’s “You Give Good Love”, which he flawlessly nailed.

His natural musicianship and vocal abilities seem to be a family trait, for he is part of a bloodline that includes his talented relatives (his mother’s cousins) who were part of a successful 70’s R&B Group called Tavares.  Tavares’ hits included, “Heaven Must be Missing an Angel”, “Never Had a Love Like This Before”, “It Only Takes a Minute”, and last, but certainly not least “More Than a Woman” which appeared on the record breaking soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever”, a movie starring a young John Travolta.

For the impressionably gifted tyke, musical expression became a place of peace and solace. Whenever he felt lonely or hurt, angry or sad, music always soothed and lifted his spirits, something that it still does this very day.  He says that once he zones out and, (In the words of the superstar rapper and business CEO, Jay-Z), starts murmuring and mumbling words to a beat; the ideas formulate and what might take many upwards of hours and up to a week(s) to complete; sometimes in 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours perfectly, depending on the complexity of the arrangement. When beat making, he can make a high quality, big sounding instrumental right in front of your very eyes, whether it’s hummed or beat-boxed in as little as 15 minutes but, again, it pretty much depends on the complexity of the composition. He further adds that his talent is not a gimmick and that he has plenty of eye-witnesses that can attest to his genius. Hunter states that music is, indeed, in his blood, that God saw fit to bless him with his a gift he cultivated without any formal training or schooling — all he has ever sacrificed is sleep from a radical drive that most would call crazy and, perhaps, even wonder how he is capable of functioning after being awake for so many hours.

When asked which title he most identifies with, this multifaceted musical force says that producing and composing are intertwined as one, so he’s somewhat of a chameleon when it comes to melodic and lyrical composition.  The stimulation, he says, also comes from a poignant place within, so life, love and happiness (or even the lack thereof) boosts his imaginative energy.  Hunter feels that he has gone through quite a bit in his young life, and that jaws would literally be dropping if he revealed details of the highs and lows he has encountered on his journey.

Every experience, he says, empties out what has accumulated inside of soul and finds a new home inside the expressive corridors of his musical compositions.  His desire is to bring hope to others whom have gone through similar struggles, or ones all their own.  His passion is wrought with sincerity and he driven to create relatable music for anyone to identify with. He feels that, instead of delving in destructive or nonproductive activities, there are those who’ll turn to music as an escape to be inspired or consoled and, again, that is what fuels his ambition.   Andre believes that anyone can rise to their full potential and make their dreams happen as long as they stay progressively motivated and diligently focused in their efforts.  Regardless of how broken someone’s spirit may be, with a little bit of cultivation and direction that person can rise from the ashes and soar beyond even their own expectations.

Hunter is currently an independent artist and the CEO of the entertainment company that he himself founded; which allows him the freedom to control his destiny and also cultivate other talent; however, when he finds the right management team he plans on negotiating a contract with a major recording company that will, in turn, open doors for not only him, but also the artists that he supports as well.  Based on his observations about the business, there are too many talented people being overlooked and he is not someone interested in counting anyone out.  This is the main reason why he pushes himself as hard as he does – handling the workload of an entire company, to prove that being multifaceted will allow one to create their own opportunities and set their own rules.

Point blank;  if you want something bad enough you’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

In doing whatever it takes, Andre’s “Versatile” musicianship allows him to not only play keyboards, but also to utilize “every studio device known to man.” He went a step further by adding: “If I’m not familiar with it, give me a few days with it, and by the time you get back, I will be!” That versatility extends over to the genres of music he not only composes but also listens to.  Some of  his favorite singers and musical groups are: Ginuwine, Earth Wind & Fire, Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, Biggie, Tupac, Bow Wow, Usher, Jermaine Dupree, Jagged Edge, The Cranberries, Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Jeffery Osborne, The Verge, Savage Garden….   This list goes on and on – hence the middle name “Versatile”.

His musical tastes may be vast, but his creative process is pretty simple: Hunter vibes to whatever it is he is creating.  The mood of the music determines the aura within the studio – he generally likes feeding off of live interactions that encompasses everyone’s essence to make them a part of his creative process. In that creating music is somewhat of a spiritual process, he adds that he believes in both the Father of man and his Son, he humbly knows that no one is perfect and that we all fall short of the Glory of God.

His current musical project is entitled “Q. & A: Pt. 1” and he is also working on a soundtrack for his upcoming book.  The innovative tour he is about to embark is the basis for this soundtrack and he is currently accepting submissions  from artists worldwide.  Those he deems as being the “Perfect Fit” will have the opportunity to tour with Hunter, covering geographic regions that include their own as well as others who will be touring also. The entire “Versatility” concept is to send a message that the performances are universal without limitations or locations.

The marketing avenues he uses to promote his music and projects are comprised of social networking, the distribution of CD’s, online stores, specialized fliers and posters with graphics designed by Hunter, the tried and true word-of-mouth method (family and friends), numerous media forums, established industry-relationships, as well as, performances and special appearances.  His open-mindedness leaves room for any inside industry personnel to share their vast knowledge and insight to help deepen his footprint in the sands walked by many phenomenal artists in the competitive recording world.  Youthful wisdom assures him that, in the beginning, no one will brand you better than you; however, those who are willing to help are welcomed assets on his ambitious musical endeavors. .

Andre “Versatile” Hunter’s star is on the rise; he states that he has rubbed shoulders with many well known names in the business, but the most memorable moment came when, after waiting so long, he finally met singer/actor Ginuwine.  He remembers always being in his shadow, and even remembers how many folks swore that the two of them were related – they even said that his singing style mirrored Ginuwine’s, and Hunter confidently echoes their sentiments.

Hunter is a delightfully gifted young man on a marvelous musical mission, and is also a rising music mogul on the cusp of stellar success and longevity in the glamorous world of entertainment. The last question he was asked, is what he wants his current and future listeners to know about him, the artist.  He pretty much says that the name fits the artist, and that with every piece of his work you will always have a part of him.  He promises you that the music will consistently be real and that he isn’t out just to make a hit, he wants his music to be inspirational compositions for the heart and soul.

He wants everyone to know; established artists, as well as, producers and record labels – anyone that is looking to build bridges, a “Versatile” start is the way to go.  He offers services in production, mixing, mastering, duplication, media & graphic design, DJ’ing on location, signature “Chopped & ReVerSatillized”, and most importantly, to express the fact that, any collaboration with Versatile & D-lux Entertainment will electrify any venue and bring the house down; “You will not be disappointed”.

In closing out this insightful interview, Andre was asked what his biggest thrill has been so far as a recording artist.  He responded by saying that being accepted and embraced by radio personalities, athletes, magazines, local and overseas entertainment personalities, has been an extreme adrenaline rush and profound encouragement to him.  The natural high you feel knowing that others are truly enjoying what you’ve created is, indeed, a humbling and sometimes overwhelming experience.

To purchase Andre “Versatile” Hunter’s music, visit any of the links below:

­­­ Sound Engineer Producer Songwriter Singer DJ Graphic Designer Barber

André “Versatile” Hunter

D-lux Entertainment

CEO/Founder/Artist

Skype: DluxCEO or VersatileMusic

c: 912-322-6792

http://twitter.com/VersatileMusic

http://myspace.com/VersatileMusic

http://facebook.com/VersatileMusic

VersatileMusic@gmail.com

Versatile’s new cd “Q&A: Pt. 1” is now available on iTunes! Get your copy NOW!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/q-a-pt-1/id391602977

Author, G. D. Grace Literary Links:

http://stores.lulu.com/enlightenment4theheart

https://author2be.wordpress.com/

“A Touch of Grace” Blog Talk Radio Show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/author2beepa

Author G. D. Grace reserves all rights and reproduction without written permission is not permitted.  If found, legal action will be taken against the person(s) or company(s) that have cut or pasted (Plagiarized) any portion of this written document.  Author, G. D. Grace; Published © 2010 November

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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13 Responses to Andre “Versatile” Hunter – Music Mogul a G. D. Grace Interview

  1. EXCELLENCE! PERFECTION IN WRITING! AUTHOR G D GRACE DOES IT AGAIN! THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT AND THE LIGHT OF YOUR WRITING IS ILLUMINATING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A BLESSING!

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  3. It was an honor, Andre. I’m very proud of you.

  4. becky kastner says:

    i love andre hunter he is the best guy i’ve ever been friends with

  5. Anna says:

    Love what your doing…Best of Luck and Best Wishes…I hope God allows you to fulfill all your dreams!! Much Love!!

    One Love, Anna

  6. Tomekia Lomax says:

    Andre, “The Great”!!! I JUST LOVE YOU! Everything about you is so attractive! Your your looks, your style, your creativity, your intelligence. Yet, you still find the ability to be humble, im loving it, and im loving you! You are about to put Drake out of business! lol!

    • Dajuan Thomas says:

      that was a great introduction,you keep that 100% all the time and you’ll be non in every household,god bless you 4 going where god he has taken you! hope your holiday was great!keep the focus.peace&love!

  7. Dajuan Thomas says:

    known in every household,sorry typin 2 fast!

  8. Debra Francis says:

    Andre, from the first time Heidi and I met you in Tuesday Morning I knew you were going places. YOU will climb that mountain and reach the top. I would love to see you in concert one day. Your the best!

  9. Jazmin says:

    u r doing a great job Andre, u r giving other Aurora natives a hope that not all comes bad out of living out here, u have a great talent n U will b a household name!!!

  10. Would appreciate removal of this foolery! Obviously Jordan is speaking out of madness and I cant allow foolishness to stay where there is positivity affecting it like a VIRUS! I don’t even know Jordan! Please focus the energy shown here to help someone in the world who can really gain fro the attention! Much love to you! may God Bless & Forgive You! Have a blessed LIFE!

    Versatile

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