Q&A with Anthony Magee
WKT pro singer Anthony Montius Magee has won virtually every international singing competition he has been involved in. He is the 2014 KWC Men's World Champion and 2016 World Series of Karaoke Champion. The ecletic soulful singer is known for his vibrant personality and character work on stage.
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I'm originally from Tacoma, Washington but I grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
A teacher. My mother was one and I wanted to help kids be better.
Is your family musical?
My grandfather was a singer. My mother and brother sing. Dad tries to every now and then but he would rather sit back and listen. :)
Who was or still is your mentor?
I have taken inspiration from many people but, the two people that taught me the most about performing and putting it all out there are Ron Hutchins and Shon Sims.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?
I think you have to have BOTH ambition and talent to be a success.
In what place are you happiest?
On stage. I mean, the world is my stage, but actually being on stage and being able to take people on a lyrical journey with you and tell a story with music is an amazing feeling!
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Prince! The man played 26 instruments. His talent and songs are some of the best ever. Plus his style was so unique, he wasn't afraid of being different and that helped me in my awkwardness growing up.
Were you influenced by old records?
I'm a child of the 80's so Purple Rain and Thriller were two of the biggest and best albums of my time. There was a lot of good music in the 80's but those 2 just moved my feet.
Who are your favorite musicians?
Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Donnie Hathaway, Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago. I can do this all day.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
They happen to ALL of us. I just push on through like nothing even happened. 9 times out of 10 most don't even know I've messed up cause I dont wear it on my face.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Of course I still get nervous before I hit the stage. It lets me know that I am going to have a good performance and that there is still passion for what I love to do.
What advice would you give to beginners?
BE NERVOUS. Channel it into positive energy. You have to BELIEVE in yourself but know that mistakes are going to happen in competition and you may not end up where you want to be in the standings. To grow as an artist you must take chances with your song choices and presentation. Strive to be better than you were the time before.
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