by Mona Jhaveri - March 4, 2020

Music Beats Cancer: Harry Hudson

Harry Hudson is a notable singer and songwriter from Englewood, New Jersey. He has been active in music since 2013, when he was only 20 years old. The music this rising star deals with is mostly folk-rock with an emphasis on pop. 

Although Harry entered the music scene some time ago, his first album wasn’t released until 2018. That’s when he signed with Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation. Most people know the label as the one that manages famous musicians like Demi Lovato, Kylie Minogue, DJ Khaled, Nick Jonas, and Mariah Carey. Harry’s album was dubbed Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night, and the single from it called Yellow Lights reached the Top 10 on Spotify US Viral Chart.

The album showed his musical genius, and he was finally certain of the steps he took. We say this because Harry started with a profound interest in rap music. However, he was encouraged to try singing, which is what led him to his distinct folk-rock and pop style. 

As soon as his music career started, his entire life got completely uprooted when he found out that he has Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For those not aware, this terrible disease is a cancer of a specific type of white blood cells. Thankfully, only 4.2% of people with the disease die from it, but it does require extensive radiation therapy that can increase your risk of other cancers, as well as heart and lung disease. Plus, the emotional toll it takes cannot be described through words. What’s more, Hodgkin’s is much harder to treat in its later stages, and as we stated, Harry discovered he had the disease when it was already in its late Stage. 

Harry Hudson wrote a lot during his chemotherapy sessions that lasted for more than half a year. The fact that a deadly disease took over his entire life at such an early age affected him a lot. He dealt with depression, and often contemplated suicide. However, his writing and music saved him and made him a much happier person in the end. 

Besides the fact that it led him to truly pursue a music career, Harry also started working with Teen Cancer America. With the organization, he even led a fundraiser that helped build a treatment center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Harry Hudson is living proof of how much music can change people. Naturally, his experience with the terrible disease, and the death of his father, also played a major role. But it was his music that got him through his hardships. It’s what turned him from a troublesome kid with numerous inner demons, into a young adult ready to bring happiness and joy to the world. His entire debut album shows this adequately as it’s filled with optimistic lyrics and rhythms. With all that happened to him and every hardship that affected him, Harry turned into an extremely positive person that brings joy and happiness to the lives of his fans and those that he helps. This truly makes him an agent of positive change we have to admire

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