We had the good fortune of connecting with Calibleubird and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calibleubird, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is essential. Without it, everything would have to be calculated all the time, and that’s just not real life! Of course there are things you can control and plan ahead for, but taking risks is good. I’ve had to learn that myself. I’ve definitely taken [thought out and prayed out] risks. I’m where I am now because of a risk-really several.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and content creator. I release original songs, visuals to the songs, feature on other artist’s songs, perform at live and virtual events, and create content for YouTube. I think most of my supporters know me for my original songs and music videos. I’d say what sets me apart from others is that I’m just being me. I put out what’s on my heart and that’s it. I’m not your typical gospel or contemporary christian artist. The main vibe of my music is RnB and hip-hop, and my songs are meant to uplift you, the listener, and the name of Jesus. I also have a passion for working with children, so I have and want to continue to include them in my projects and visuals. I can’t say I’m proud of one specific thing, but when people tell me that my authenticity comes through my music and content, I am happy to know that and I plan to continue to let my light shine and encourage others to do the same. It hasn’t always been easy. There were times that I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish school. I would pack up my whole room and buy a plane ticket home because I didn’t clear for the next semester. It was also rough a lot times living across the country to pursue music, away from all family and friends. I lived in Atlanta for almost four years, working a terrible job where the disrespect was real, while trying to do music/perform in the city, and be a good employee at my day job. I lived in a house of 7 people for a while and had to record when I could. I was so focused on getting out of the situation I was in, I didn’t realize how much I was putting into music and not myself. I ended up in a place where I had no true self love. I experienced a break up after an almost-6-year-relationship. I ended up taking a break from everything, including music, to just nurture myself and grow deeper in my relationship with Christ. I’m thankful for all the things, moments, times and situations that felt bad. All my experiences have made me who I am today, and I feel so free now. It has not been a smooth road but I wouldn’t trade it for anything, and I’m still walking that road. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way are: it’s super important to take care of yourself at all times (physically, mentally, spiritually); taking risks are good; take advantage of all the time you get with family and friends; it’s crucial to get in the habit of taking a rest/no work day regularly.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Support from others is definitely a part of my ongoing story. First I have to thank God for leading me and allowing me to get connected to some great people. I’d have to say my mom is my biggest fan. I know it may sound cliché but it can get tough sometimes being a creative/entrepreneur, and the support of a mother is like no other. I also want to shout out Yaahn Hunter Jr of YHunter Music. He’s a dope producer and content creator, and now a good friend of mine. He’s been in the content creating game for a while now and has shared some game-changing advice when it comes to sharing content and the system of content-creating on social media.
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