Cancer survivor and singer Harry Hudson talks 'Simple' and music Special

Posted Jul 2, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
Pop singer Harry Hudson discusses his new single "Simple," as well as the "Love > Cancer" movement, being on "Good Morning America" and his plans for the future.
Pop singer Harry Hudson
Pop singer Harry Hudson
Brittany Dixon
He wrote "Simple" during one of his chemotherapy sessions. "I was in a bad state-of-mind when I first got diagnosed, but then I realized what really matters in life, and that's love and laughter with family and friends, and the beauty in nature and all around. I learned the simple things in life were precious, and that they shouldn't be taken for granted. We are blessed to be alive and we aren't alive for that long so we got to enjoy it till it's all gone. Way too many kids are on their phones and they are not focused on what's really going on in the world, do what you love to do and that's it. It's simple," he explained.
Hudson was diagnosed with late-stage-three Hodgkin's Lymphoma. "Honestly, at first, I didn't know if I was going to make it or not. I was mentally prepared for the worst. I questioned why me in the beginning, and I realized God has a plan and everything happens for a reason. If the plan was for me to die then that's the plan, but I had a feeling it wasn't my time. I realized after the doctors told me I'd be cured what was important in life, I wanted to me a role model and I didn't know how, but now it all makes sense. I was put into this battle to come out alive and tell my story to help inspire and save the lives of kids. My outlook on life now is to do why you love and enjoy every day like it's your last. Life is beautiful and I want to show people how beautiful it is," he said.
Regarding his "Love > Cancer" movement, he remarked, "When I got sick, the love of my family, real friends, and fan-base really got me through the battle. I believe the power of love is greater than everything. So when I was diagnosed with cancer, I tweeted out 'Love > Cancer' because I wanted everyone to know that no matter what you've dealt with, the power of love is greater than it. People really related and connected with the slogan, and it took a life of its own thanks to social media."
As of today, Hudson is six months cancer-free, which is a feeling that has yet to fully sink in. "It feels amazing," he admitted. "I have done some motivational speaking at a few events, and visited a couple kids who were going through cancer. It feels amazing to be an inspiration and role model to others. I set out to inspire others to live life to the fullest, and to hear someone say, 'you helped save my life,' is so humbling and so rewarding. When I hear people tell me that, I try to absorb it because there is no greater feeling for an artist, or a human being for that matter, than to connect with others. It's surreal. It makes everything I went through, worth it."
This past April, he appeared on the morning television show, Good Morning America. "It was unreal. I usually don't get nervous, but I'm not going to lie, I was a little rattled. I loved it though. It was amazing to be interviewed by a fellow cancer survivor as well. It is such a great feeling that people want to help get my story out there," he said.
On his future plans, Hudson shared that he is finishing up his first EP entitled Hope. "I am so excited about it because I wrote these songs during my chemo sessions, so they mean a lot to me. I plan on touring after the EP, and doing a lot of charity work! I teamed up with this luxury hat company called, Melin, and we are donating 500 hats to different children hospitals. I also teamed up with FCancer and we plan on doing amazing things to raise cancer awareness," he said.
Hudson classified his music as "dark pop" due to its ambiance and its positive message.
To learn more about cancer survivor and pop singer Harry Hudson, visit his official website.