In an era where more exciting talents come from so many directions, you need to tell stories that make people pay attention and take notice, and there's more than meets the eye with Calvin Ross.
Calvin Ross often speaks about pain in his songs. The pain comes from a very real place. He was adopted as a child. He never knew his mother and had an absent father who was a drug and alcohol addict. He never had a parental figure to grow up to. So until he was 14 years old, Calvin stayed with his grandparents in Detroit.
Right after moving back home to Tennessee, Calvin Ross began making music when he was 17. He bought a friend's set up for $100, where he started making beats on Fruity Loops. After becoming acquainted with how to produce his own beats, Calvin took advantage of his talent for singing. He eventually turned to recording and mixing his own music. Calvin spent most of his days practicing his craft and listening to other singers who greatly influenced his music. He was so passionate about music that he never stopped experimenting until he found his own sound.
"I didn't want to release any music until it sounded really good," he said.
His hard work, patience, and dedication to perfect his music were all worth it. He started gaining recognition for his music and even got his unexpected break in the industry. After winning a showcase at P. Diddy's studio, Daddy's House, Calvin Ross, got to meet with an A&R for Def Jam Recordings, where he was further reassured of his talents. After this meeting, he started to pursue his music career more seriously and has since soared to new heights.
In 2016, Calvin Ross unveiled his single Ride alongside Jackson City's veteran rapper Stack Plenty. The duo provides an addictive release that's sure to catch on quickly from first listen. Ever since then, he has tried to get heard by more people, as he releases more tracks such as Lost Love, Where I Come From, Erotica, and Honest.
His single, Where I Come From, is an ode to his hometown. Growing up in an area in Tennessee where crime and violence are the norms, Calvin Ross has a colorful story to tell. And these stories continue to make his music stand out from the rest.
All his hard work paid off when he was given the Bobby Womack R&B Artist of the Year award in 2019. The prestigious SCM award remembers the late singer, songwriter, and record producer, Robert Dwayne Womack. The honor of being recognized for his exemplary contribution in the music industry further fanned his resolve to create relevant and life-changing music.
Today, Calvin Ross mainly creates Urban R&B, taking inspiration from artists like Michael Jackson, Usher, Ginuwine, and R. Kelly.
"The feeling I get when someone genuinely tells me they like my music is the best feeling in the world," Ross said. "I let the instrumentals talk to me and tell me what to say."
So far, he has opened for Avant, Urban Mystic, Snootie Wild, YFN Lucci, Bando Jonez, Yung Bleu, and he continues to chase his dreams of having his music reach No. 1 on Billboard.
Calvin established his sound as the Tennessee artist who delivers vulnerable hood tracks with a strong ear for melody. A lot of his fans are waiting to hear more from Calvin this year, but it's already clear that he's a rising singer worth listening to.
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