The Lollapalooza performer opens up on his first trip to Chicago
Harry Hudson, the pop singer-songwriter who’s often seen palling around with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Jaden Smith, is quick to embrace his past health struggles in the name of good music. “I talk to the hopeful kids and I try to make sense of the hopeless ones,” the 25 year old says of performing at his first Lollapalooza. “I’m really speaking to people who have hope, even if it’s a little tiny bit.”
It was at the Lucky Brand City Jam, hosted by SPiN (344 N. State), where Hudson savored a whiskey on the rocks and revealed how he’s moving forward after a battle with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. And furthermore, how he’s using that journey to shine light on the hopeful — and the hopeless.
When it comes to creating in the studio, Hudson’s health impasse undoubtedly come into play. “Sometimes it’s a blockage, but honestly it does give me the drive to be like ‘I have to do stuff now,’” he admits. “Life is very f***ing short, and you just gotta do what you wanna do. I live every day like it’s my last. I think that’s where the drive for me to be creative comes from. I gotta be creative.”
With suicide covering news headlines and celebrities like Demi Lovato finding themselves struggling to survive the fame circus, Hudson aims to encourage fans to keep fighting. “Now is the perfect time for me to be an artist,” he says. “I am open about this stuff, I do want to speak about it. I’ve been in all these situations in life because it’s just life.”
With his first solo tour — dubbed ‘Can Cowboys Cry’ — kicking off in November, Hudson reminds fans that it’s about more than the music, it’s about maintaining authenticity and originality. “I always get so confused why people want to copy other people and not have their own personality,” Hudson questions. “People have insecurities about being themselves, [but] you gotta fully be yourself.” He adds, “Everybody has a different voice, a different personality — it’s like, be that energy. Be your own energy.”
After hitting the Lolla stage [and attending Travis Scott’s listening party alongside Kylie Jenner], the inspiring artist got behind the mic at River North’s new karaoke lounge Blind Dragon (613 N. Wells) Friday night. Hudson’s go-to jam? “Anything along the lines of N*Sync or Shania Twain,” he laughs.