Gramblinite Chad Harry makes big time

What do Ruben Studdard, Erykah Badu, and Gerald Levert all have in common? They have all been amazed by the performance of a vocal mastermind, Chad Achilles Harry.

Harry is a native of Bogalusa, and a recent Grambling graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music performance.

When did you fall in love with hip hop? Don’t remember. Well Chad Harry fell in love with music since the day he mastered the rhythm and beat to his ABC’s and learned how to harmonize "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

Harry is a vocal pedagog indeed. While at Grambling State University, he founded the Entourage Performing Arts Group, served in the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, and held the capacity as student conductor for the University Choir. Entourage, under his direction, has been deemed one of the leading vocal groups on Grambling’s campus.

He and his group have opened for many national recording artists such as: Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers, Shirley Murdock, John P. Kee and New Life, Mississippi Mass Choir, Profyle, Juvenile and the world-famed Gerald Levert.

Harry has appeared on film and in national commercials for the Paramount movie Drumline, Proctor and Gamble’s Tampax, and the Cartoon Network. Harry is skilled in a variety of music genres including Classical, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, and Pop. He also displays his vocal abilities in other languages such as Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Swahili, Latin and Chinese.

Recently Harry won first place at the Collegiate State-wide Musical Festival (Division 12). In addition to his music career, Harry is a member to several organizations including, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity for Men, United Methodist Student Movement International Steering Committee (Coordinator of Music), Favrot Student Union Advisory Board, SGA Election Commissioner and Presidential Liaison, and Aramark Food Service Committee.

Harry plans to move to the New York area in order to pursue his musical career. He says that he aspires to land a job on Broadway and then the sky’s the limit.

Grambling State University is the cradle of some of America’s most talented entertainers. Harry is certainly no stranger to this crowd.

Recent graduate, Shamekila Quarles said, "Chad is well on his way to stardom."

Harry’s performances razzle and dazzle the crowd each time he takes the mike.

Senior Shari Dade said, "Chad is an all-around entertainer. His performances are sultry and soulful." The world is a stage for Mr. Chad Harry and he is definitely the star.