More lessons & love from Lolla

August 30, 2019

"Life ain’t for wastin'

This is my one and only

These boots I’m laced in

They’ve been from hell up to the stars (stars, stars)

They’ve been from hell up to the stars (stars, stars)Can’t find a home when there’s no heart (heart, heart)They’ve been from hell up to the stars (stars, stars) I’ve been from hell up to the..."

HELL TO THE STARS by Harry Hudson




These lyrics sum up over the last weeks in several ways. Happy to report that my friend Harry Hudson was a beautiful, fierce force at Lolla this year! He has been working hard on his live voice and stage show with a ton energy! Harry also adds another lesson from Lolla with a memorable stage presence and bridge from social media to social skills: He invites members of the crowd to say hello to someone they don’t know. The energy catches on and carries him from live versions of favorite tracks on “The Legend of the Yellow Rose”.  When I chatted with Harry in June at a Teen Cancer America(TCA) LA event, he was taking a quick studio break. He promised to debut new live songs at Lollapalooza. And Harry certainly delivered! His music is evolving from a fun folk/pop/country/rap blend to his own engaging style. I loved “Sway” especially! Catch a sneak peek of that one and Harry’s show in my video.  


“Just Slide” is part of Harry’s growth and strengths. The roles were flipped for Harry Hudson and Jaden Smith:  Last summer Harry performed with Jaden during his Lolla set, now Smith joined Hudson at from “Just Slide” and a snippet from Jaden’s new album. 

Harry tripled his crowd from opening song to his lively last one! Now those are some sweet social skills. Bravo, Harry!! 

Harry is now 5.5 years cancer free. Next he’ll tour with Jaden Smith in Europe. I'm welcoming Harry Hudson as an

A-list partner too! Hopefully I'll see him at the next TCA event in LA!


Fun Lolla Drop-in 

Chance the Rapper wasn't booked for Lolla this year, but by the end of the weekend, he practically performed an entire set. He dropped his album "The Big Day" the Friday before Lolla began, and spent the weekend performing several "Day" songs live for the first time with album collaborators who were part of the lineup, including Death Cab for Cutie and Calboy.


The whole day at Lolla was uplifting. It was that night that we heard sad news: 

I also wish to honor Nora Leonard, her parents Kelly and Anne, and friends from #TeamNora. 

Nora Leonard passed away after battling cancer for 1 year; she was just 17


I interviewed Kelly Leonard and shared improv and creativity insights with our readers in blog and book form. 


I'm keeping it real as we cover the ups and downs of life as we follow our dreams. 

I have one promo to share for our readers getting in the mood for New York Fashion Week or their next red carpet


I am also thrilled to say that I'll be at the next Teen Cancer America Backyard Concert in October with LA and Chicago friends. I have a lot to accomplish with clients to cover that donation and getting ready for a a special offer end of October. Hint and ICYMI: Davanti cover reveal

You won't see me on social as much, but I'll share an update when I can. Thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend! (Of the holiday variety in the U.S.) 



Cheers & fair winds,


Akasha Lin

Akasha Garnier 

Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker



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