In one of his songs, local rapper/musician/actor Seth Harden asks, “where did the music go?” While much of the music industry has become so rife with passionless commercialization, his fresh voice is trying to bring it back.
Harden will be bringing his music and voice to Lafayette Square Aug. 28 with a performance featuring himself and some of his friends from the music industry in celebration of “Seth Harden Day,” Aug. 28, which was recently proclaimed by the mayor.
“Growing up, I was raised in the church. I was around a lot of music,” he said. “God put music into my life.”
The LaGrange native was also influenced by his two older step brothers who would “come to the house making rap all the time. They opened up my mind to music.” Harden tried his hand at music in a rock band when he was around 12 years old but, he says, “rap music has always been appealing to me.”
It was a win at a Callaway Middle School talent show that really jump started his passion. He began performing in other talent shows in the area which lead to him performing as part of a showcase in Atlanta. “That lead to alot,” he says. He was cast in the 2011 film, “Seeking Justice,” with Nicholas Cage.
Just as filming was wrapping up, Harden’s family was hit with the sudden death of his older brother, Jay. With his family burdened with grief, Harden turned to God. “I only had God to go to.”
“Through my whole life, God has been there for me. He’s my forefront, my real commitment,” Harden declared.
But, Harden was quick to emphasize that he’s not a “Christian artist,” though his faith is evident and a constant topic of conversation. He would rather live his life in accordance with Christ rather than making all his work about that.
Harden also notes that he’s accomplishing things in his life through “clean living,” that is free of drugs, alcohol, smoking and partying. Part of his message to other youth is that anyone can attain their dreams without the taint of such things.
In support of this message, Harden has started visiting schools and performing.
“My first goal is to change lives,” he said. It is for these school visits and his message of hope that Mayor Jeff Lukken proclaimed Aug. 28 as “Seth Harden Day.”
That’s what brings Seth Harden to perform on the square next week. The free, family-friendly concert on a Wednesday night will feature Harden with country singer Jesse Reece and pastor Alex Montgomery from Hogansville. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The 18-year-old is also looking forward to a successful career in the future. He’s in training for a role in a boxing film that he wrote himself. Another album, “Unbreakable,” is also in production.
“Whatever you choose to do is not a career unless you love it,” he said.
His mother and manager — “mom-ager,” as her son describes her, Tracy Harden, looked on beaming.
“He hangs the moon,” she said. “We’re very proud of him.”