Songwriting, Life, and “Staying Zach”: The Budding Career of Student Musician Zacharie Hurd

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Zacharie Hurd, a junior at Edward Little High School, was born in Haiti. He’s over six feet tall, a black belt in karate, and most importantly, he’s a compassionate, principled person. He started writing music when he was ten and from the beginning, crafting meaningful lyrics has been Hurd’s focus. 

“I’ll never write a song unless it has a subject matter,” Hurd explains. “I don’t like to talk about frivolous things,”  he said, deep in thought about his songwriting process. Finding a subject that means something to him is both a challenge and an adventure. That’s what sets him apart from the many rappers in the music industry today. While a lot of mainstream rappers talk about their expensive cars, alcohol, drugs, or women, Hurd earns respect with songs about issues with material possessions, his religion and spirituality, or just staying positive and having a good day.

Music is a crucial aspect of Hurd’s life. “Even if I wanted to quit [music], I couldn’t, because I’m always hungry to do more,” he said. He’s dedicated and works hard no matter what, whether it’s music or school, but he’s still fighting his own demons. He recognizes his flaws as a human being. “Naturally, I’m just an angry person. I have a lot of resentment for life. It’s not because I want to resent, it’s because I don’t understand a lot of stuff.” Music has been an avenue on his journey to understanding of the world around him.

Hurd’s grandmother once told him, “The most important thing is to stay Zach,” and he holds onto those words as he pushes himself musically and academically.

A few months back, Hurd announced that he would be putting on a concert to raise money for the recording of an album. The original concert was supposed to be in December at Naral’s Nightclub on Court Street. However, between high school, college courses, and organizing the show, things got overwhelming and he was unprepared. The concert has been rescheduled for Feb. 23 and the location is yet to be determined.

When the album is recorded, Hurd plans to use that to really help establish his place in the music scene. “I’d like to send it to some A&Rs [music scouts] or some record labels. Even if I don’t get signed to anything, it’s still nice to have the critique and the feedback.”


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