We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyle Anthony and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyle Anthony, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from the beautiful South Africa, born and raised. Growing up in South Africa has instilled in me a culture of celebrating each others differences and a humility that is unmatched. It has definitely made me the person and performing artist I am today since winning the International “Popstars” competition which saw the fame of Nicole Scherzinger (Edens Crush), Girls aloud and so many more. It has allowed me to perform on stages around the world, including the Soccer World Cup and my ambition and zest for life grew from there and has bee the stepping stone for where I am today and pursuing my career. With the “fame” and being a household name it propelled me to get my extraordinary artist ability visa and have now become South Africas very own Angelino, having released my album and performing around the US.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer/songwriter, model, dancer, performing artist, LGBT activist and empower from every angle. I am most proud of where I come from, being able to perform on world stages, including the 2010 Soccer World Cup alongside Black Eyed Peas and Shakirah, being granted my extraordinary artist ability visa to move to the US and recently releasing my album, “The Love Project”. I got to where I am today by perseverance and never giving up on myself. It wasn’t easy, but it was certainly worth it. Moving to another country in 2019, starting all over, Covid 19 considered I would say I am doing extremely well. Life lessons I have learned along the way is to never forget where you come from, never be entitled and stay humble, network and make connections and even if you are overlooked continue the hard work and being the best you can be. It takes just one person to believe in you and you are on your way there.
The Lyle Anthony brand Is to continue to spread Hope and Love through my music and my message while entertaining, and I will continue to be a light in this industry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love entertaining and showing friends a good time, especially when friends visit from South Africa or who I’ve met along my travels. There is so much to do and see in the city, but Weho is definitely one place I would show them. The fact that you can be as gay as you want and be free from criticism for the “most part” is certainly what I love about it. Palm Springs is a definite, I love the more chill, laid back, fancy things in life and that’s definitely an area I would show my friends. The most fun, interesting and exciting people are those with no hang ups and judgment towards others. Living a life of love, grace and happiness, knowing that what you’ve been through, people have also face their own thing. Lets keep spreading love and hope to everyone, especially the younger generation. I hate the fake and most times the industry (sometimes) which makes you believe that once you reach a certain level that you are untouchable, you’ll always be humbled some way or another.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout would have to go to so many different people who have believed in me, but it all started when my mentor at the time Kurt Herman gave me my first on stage performing opportunity in 2007 which gave me a platform and went on to doing High School Musical and later the coveted International “Popstars” competition which is very much like American Idol, becoming a South African household name. My dad and mom for believing in my ability and allowing me to perform, travel the world, over 52 countries, and to everyone else who has believed in me, I love you. Most importantly to God for giving me the ability to sing, perform and be the great man I am today.