We had the good fortune of connecting with BlueMile Music Consultants, LLC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BlueMile, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The start of BlueMile Music Consultants, LLC was inevitable. We both had a vision to help other artists to be successful in this entertainment business. Coming together on this mutual idea to give all that we have to this industry so that our clients can be their best self and possibly accomplish even more . Our strong desire to continue in this industry that we love so much is driven by not being the norm, but to change the game.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Calandra Gantt : I am a singer/songwriter and gospel recording artist and what sets me apart is my energetic live performances and unique style of making every song my own. It is for this reason I was given the name “The Princess of Praise” by my peers. I have been able to infuse jazz and contemporary with my praise and worship style. My personal experiences can be felt in my lyrics and expressive vocal style that reveals the many facets of who I have become as an artist on this journey. I am proud to have accomplished a successful career with longevity done in integrity and grace. I believe I have gotten this far by being a woman of my word and treating everyone with respect, while operating in a spirit of excellence in everything I do. This journey has not been easy but it has been worth it. By keeping the faith and staying focused, I was able to overcome the challenges in the industry. I hope that my career can teach others about faithfulness and integrity. In regards to my brand, Calandra Gantt the artist and the other half of BlueMile Music Consultants, LLC, we strive to represent integrity and excellency. The vision is to use our knowledge, experience and gifts to change the game for women and others in the industry. These are values I not only carry as an individual but also as one of the CEO’s of this great company. When our clients work with us – they know they will experience the best in the industry.
Daphney Hilton: I’m a singer/songwriter and a vocal technician. I’ve released music on all digital platforms. My main genre is Contemporary Gospel and R&B. However, now that we’ve started BlueMile Music Consultants, LLC, It has required me to explore all genres of music, which is very exciting. What sets me apart from others is the fact that I did it. What a great accomplishment! Yes, there were challenges and fears, but pushed through and said YES to the call. Being a recording artist first, I had to learn how to just take the leap. In the beginning of my career, I’ve missed so many opportunities because I was afraid to ask, afraid to stand confident in my gift. I’ve received so many accolades, awards, and support from my peers, but this wasn’t enough! Until I decided to just take the leap, I realize that it was ok to be imperfect, and I actually like presenting my authentic self. I realized that we’re all the same and just trying to make it in this industry. I believe if you stay true to yourself and be consistent, whatever is for you, God will allow it to come to pass. As for my brand, Daphney Hilton, the artist, is one-half of BlueMile Music Consultants. What I love about being in this partnership is the integrity and good character that we exercise, and the passion to change the game for women in this industry. This has always been my passion. Even as an artist, I want people to know that I believe in walking in a high stand of integrity and good character. “Let your YES be yes, and your NO be no. Nothing more and nothing less.” I always try to seek to understand and pour what I have into whatever project I’m vested in. This brings me joy to see the fruit of my labor manifest before my very eyes. Being one of the CEOs of BlueMile Music Consultants, LLC allows me to give back this very thing to our clients.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As BlueMile Music Consultants, we have visited quite a few venues in the city. For live entertainment and food, we would step out to JT’S Kitchen, Bahama Breeze ,Ms. Iceys Kitchen and Bar, Eddie’s Attic, St. James Live, or Suite Lounge just to name a few. Great music and great food is the ideal night out in metropolitan Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to give a recognition to the matriarchs in our lives for instilling in us the drive to pursue our passions with integrity and compassion.
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