R&B music brings with it many stories; stories of love, pain, happiness, sadness and lots more. At times a song’s backstory is just as good if not better than the story being told in the song itself. Unsigned R&B artist and producer Calvin Ross brings a story that is quite noteworthy and relatable to people living in the poverty of an urban suburb via the gritty releases “Bad Fetish,” “You Gon See” and “I Know.”
The rising star who’s making a name for himself in the highly competitive music industry recently sat down for a short Q&A. Check it out and listen to his out his latest single “Lost Love” below.
What has being an unsigned artist taught you about the industry and yourself?
Being an unsigned artist has taught me that the industry is truly built on relationships and having a great work ethic will get you very far if you know how to take care of your business. It has also taught me to manage my time and be more of an organized individual. If you can’t do either of those your career will never flourish.
What have you learned being able to take inspiration from artist like Michael Jackson, Usher and Avant?
Taking from inspirations like Michael Jackson, Usher, and Avant; I’ve learned that as an artist you have to stay dedicated to your craft, perfecting it every day! Overall you have to be yourself and people will respect and love you for it.
What’s been the most memorable and challenging thing(s) you have experienced thus far in your career?
The most memorable thing I have witnessed so far would have to be opening for Avant at the Oman Arena in my hometown of Jackson, TN. That meant so much to me, it was such a highlight in my life. The most challenging is making sure all my business is in order. They always say the music industry is 10 percent talent and 90 percent business. I have found that to be true.
What do you want your legacy to be when it’s all said and done?
When it is all said and done I would like to be remembered as someone who wasn’t afraid of who he was. Embraced every flaw and the difficult circumstances that came his way, and made the best out of them. Also someone who is very business and family oriented. Without my family, #RossTribe I would not be where I am today. I love them dearly.