Today we’d like to introduce you to Calibleubird.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I always wanted to sing. From a young kid, I knew singing is what I wanted to grow up and do. My parents placed me in piano lessons at age five, and as much as I hated them at times, I continued to take lessons up until high school. At that time, sports became a part of the picture and piano lessons took a back seat. I never stopped singing, whether it was at church, school, or on YouTube, and after high school, I went to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. I learned a lot more musically and obtained my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.
Attending Oakwood and becoming classically trained really stretched me as a musician. Immediately after college, I went on tour with a rap artist for a month as a background singer. I was inspired by that experience but was in a group consisting of three members at the time and didn’t really have a vision for myself as a stand-alone artist. The group ended up splitting up and I started experimenting. I had no “sound” yet, and after months of trying different things, I released my first song. The same year I released my first official single, with an EP following shortly after. Since then, I have released more music, performed at events, and become a content creator outside of just the music-making.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. If I were texting, I’d insert a “lol” here. 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 rough a lot of times living across the country to pursue music, away from all family and friends. There was no “come over after work.” And this was way before the pandemic. 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 seven 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 breakup 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.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
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.
Can you talk about how you think about risk?
It 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. God told Noah to make the ark. Imagine if Noah never took the risk of looking outrageous by building a huge ark. What would the outcome of that have been? Not to sound cliché, but weigh it out, pray it out, and take a step. That’s my view.
Before I go, I just want to thank you guys for inviting me to share my story with you. Blessings to you all!
- Email: Calibleubird@gmail.com
- Website: https://linktr.ee/Calibleubird
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calibleubird/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/calibleubird/
- Youtube: https://youtu.be/h96DiXX-rj4
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