Singer and songwriter Carlos Scott has released his new anthem, 'Amen'. Carlos is a GU 272 direct descendant of Isaac Hawkins, and grew up in Maringouin and Gross Tette, Louisiana, but now resides in Bowie, Maryland. His new song pays tribute to his ancestors and to all who were victims of The Slave Trade. Louder Than The Music chatted with Carlos to find out more.
For those who haven't heard of you before, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in making music?
My name is Carlos Wayne Scott. My friends call me “Los”. I was born in Southern Louisiana. Grew up in the country, both sides of my family were singers. I couldn’t escape singing though I really tried. When I got of age and was able to make my own decisions, I stopped singing. Perhaps as a child, I felt like singing was forced on me, and so I developed a distaste for it. Today, I’m amazed that way back yonder Daddy could see what God made me to be. As fate would have it, I became a christian and God would reveal to me in that process that I was holding a gift that belong to Him. Then He opened my eyes so I could see the well that my soul thirst for. I realized not only was I a singer, I was also a songwriter. So I started writing down these emotions I felt all along but wasn’t sure what they meant. They were songs. Once I discovered my gift and that it had a time limit on it, and that I would have to one day turn it back in. I became insanely interested in writing songs and making music. Of course where God guides He also provides, and so God set in place the times and exact places I would meet every single person who has been critical to my development.
Tell us about your new single 'Amen' and what the inspiration behind it was?
In 2017 I learned that my ancestors were enslaved by Jesuits of Georgetown University. And in 1838 these Jesuits sold my ancestors to two Louisiana slave owners.
I also learned that my ancestors were originally from Sierra Leone West Africa. Perhaps it was premonition, but years before I learned this ugly truth, God downloaded three images into my mind. I saw a slave ship, a tree stump, and a cotton field. Momma would always talk about the stump and the cotton field. That’s when the song Amen was born. I realized that I was on a divine mission that I had very little to do with. It seemed like it all came together for me in January of 2017. As I sat in Bowie Maryland the avalanche happened. I couldn’t make this up. I was living on the same soil my ancestors toiled in Bowie Maryland. I grew up on the same soil they toiled down in Southern Louisiana. My daughter married a young man from Sierra Leone West Africa. Together they have two sons who tie our circle together. My life has literally come full circle. So the song Amen is an Anthem dedicated to my ancestors and to all who crossed the Atlantic Ocean as well as those who were tragically lost in route to the America’s.
At a time when there is so much focus on Black Lives Matter, what message would you like people to take from this song?
I’d like for people to see the sovereignty of God through this song Amen. Many people used Christianity to justify a very dark time in this country’s history. However, no one could see the come back. I realize that my great, great, great, great, great, grandfather was 65 years old when they sold him, but he was too sick to make the trip to Louisiana. So they kept him back in Bowie Maryland. I imagine grandpa Issac died from a broken heart. I also believe this song God laid on my heart is my grandfather’s answered prayer. I Am Issac’s comeback. And in this song, though he felt lost, and though he felt hopeless with the worst kind of despair. My prayer is he can hear I will never forget without him there would be no me. I want my kids to see and acknowledge that they are standing on the shoulders of giants. My desire through this song is to appeal to many young people that we must always know where we came from if we are to know where we’re going.
Do you have plans to release further music in the near future?
Yes, I will release music as long as the Lord trust me with it. Music is the platform God has blessed me to stand on and share my story with the world. For that I’m grateful.
How would you describe your style of music and what are your influences?
I really don’t know how to describe it but to say it’s unique. The songs God gives me usually tell a story. I don’t hear that style a lot but for sure I could be wrong.
If you could work with any songwriter, who would it be and why?
Kirk Franklin! I love his creative abilities. But more, I have come to learn about his sincere devotion. And I love his spiritual convictions
How would you define success in your career as an artist?
Well, I’m very successful. And only because, my success is defined by God. I always say, I’m very famous in heaven.
What is your favorite album of all time?
I don’t have one.
You're stuck on an island, it's hot, you only have enough battery life left to listen to one song on your phone. What track is it?
What does the next year hold for you?
Only God knows! My prayer is His very best and that I can continue discovering all of my possibilities.