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Conversations with Vilai Harrington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vilai Harrington.

Hi Vilai, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in small town SC. I went to college for the wrong reasons. I went just because everyone else was and didn’t have an actual plan in life.

After the first semester of my freshman year, I received a cheap banjo and had my family’s ukulele. I learned as u went and started to write songs instead of going to class.

I had always enjoyed singing growing up but never thought I would do anything with it. Ten years later, I am thankful that life has taken me through the path of music.

Being a singer-songwriter has its ups and downs but it is a path that is never boring.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like any passion or any small business, there are always struggles. Whether it be financing, keeping a band together, writer’s block or just not getting the traction you need in certain cities, it’s never easy.

But it’s all worth it when you have those moments where it all comes together. I just look at the bad times as just more writing material. There is a song in every struggle.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Singer/Songwriter and working musician. I travel the southeast (sometimes farther) with my band Vilai Harrington & The Hamptons and play banjo for Wilder Things Than Us as well as Luke Israel.

I’m proud of the community that I have found through music, being able to find ride-or-die friends through playing music while all working toward a common goal is a special thing.

It’s a lot of work being an independent artist but it can be rewarding at the end of the day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Whatever you do, just keep going, process, reassess. Maturity is death, so just keep growing.

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Grayson Johnson and Coleman Israel

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