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Published on September 14th, 2014 | by TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Talent, content and perseverance

Why do some musicians develop a thriving career in the business while others struggle to even get noticed? It has a lot to do with talent, content and perseverance says grammy award winning songwriter Angela Hunte. This is the era of internet music entrepreneurs who are uploading videos and building audiences from inside the comfort of their homes, Hunte said, adding that, “locals who want to succeed have to adapt but also stay true to who they are.”

Hunte, who was born in the US, grew up in Barataria, Trinidad and later returned to the United States, is a singer and famed writer for some of the biggest names in music including American artistes Jay Z, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears.  She has navigated the industry and formulated her own recipe for success – a recipe she shared with local musicians on Wednesday during a creators symposium hosted by the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt Hope.

“It’s a hard business but I believe that you have to be good at what you do; you have to be consistent, and you have to bring something different. And be prepared for people who are going to tell you that you can’t do it.
“They are out there and they will try to kill your dreams,” Hunte said as she casually chatted with the musicians in the room.
Her message was simple: Know your craft, own it, work hard and keep going when people say that you can’t. She found success sticking to this formula and it took her all the way to the Grammys. Hunte won the prestigious award in 2011 for co-producing and writing Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys.

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