Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalvin Kosha.
Kalvin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My family tells me these stories of when I was born how everyone would say, “He’s gonna be the one. He’ll be a star one day.” Well, I began performing, leading choirs in pre-school through elementary. I figured early on that attending a Fine Arts Magnet school, James D. Burrus Elementary, was an opportunity to develop my performance abilities rather than a high IQ. I joined the band, Houston Children’s Chorus, led showbiz performances as Ray Charles & Michael Jackson under the instruction of Traci Greene (Houston Dance Lab Founder/Head Instructor) and led the Boys Chorus during programs. Unfortunately, no one can seem to find the mystery recordings of these past performances.
Hamilton Middle School was the beginning of my dream to be a future “NBA Baller”, and a continuation of talent showcases. But, it was in high school at the Houston Academy for International Studies when I realized that the NBA was not my destiny. I figured that Being on stage feels like living a dream come true, over and over again. After reconnecting with my cousin, Jeremiah “DJ Bozo” White, I recorded my very first song, “Cakin'”, in his studio located in my aunt’s garage, in the tenth grade under the name, “Cali-Cal”. Eventually, I joined a small entertainment & films company, EMFAM, in New Orleans, LA, to perform promotional and paid gigs, develop as an artist, and released my debut EP, “Good Company EP,” on Feb 16, 2016, after opening a two-night show for Award-Winning Singer, Chanté Moore.
LIVE performances would be my most memorable form of expression as a Communications major at Prairie View A&M University. I immediately became a contestant in the “Mr. & Miss University College” Freshman Pageant, hosted shows, became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and continued to perform for showcases until graduation.
Now, as an independent artist by the name of “Kalvin Kosha”, I’m collaborating with artists and producers such as singer, Marquo, Hip-Hop lyricist, Jazz Anderson, Multi-Platinum Producer/Rapper/Writer, DJ Chose, producers & engineers, Bambino ENT, and Shawn Michaels of Circle Music Group, and more. A recent highlight of my career was being the first artist from the “OnThaRadar” Challenge to be featured on 97.9 the Box radio show with DJ Hardbody Kiotti, where my record, “RODEO” prod. by DJ Chose, was played on-air. When I’m not in the studio, I’m taking on the role as the Project Manager of the newest and hottest magazine publication, SLEM, produced by the Do-WAP Agency, L.L.C. During my spare time, I’m in acting classes led by Troy and Tonya Rowland, taking after my relative, Award-Winning American Actor, Isaiah Washington, to pursue an acting career alongside music.
Great, 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?
When you grow up in the hood, low-income neighborhoods, specifically, the road is never as smooth as you want it to be. I’m from “Studewood,” Independence Heights, the first Black municipality in Texas. And, growing up there, I learned early that despite witnessing crime and the ease of falling victim to the influence of the streets, having a hard-knock life, and/or not being financially affluent, my rewards would only be honored if I would stay committed to achieving par-excellence, and proving everyone right that I could beat odds and be as successful as they imagined. It’s tough being a kid with dreams bigger than what your pockets can afford. But, I’ve been fortunate enough to have an enduring family, and a community of people that have always given me hope, believed in my ability to achieve, and set high expectations for me as a child.
My greatest struggles and challenges, however, were not being without the newest pairs of Air Jordan shoes for the new school semester or learning that some friends/family had fallen victim to gang violence and criminal subjugation. The greatest challenges would lie within myself to make conscious decisions of stepping outside of the box, being different when it’s not the normal way to be, pursuing new waves of opportunities whenever the tides would present themselves, being humble before prideful, learning to be disciplined, believing in myself and others who say I’m “good enough”, and improving on these qualities when the road gets even more rugged.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
People know me for my work as a recording artist, singer-songwriter, performer, social-media personality, and now, the Project Manager for the newest and hottest magazine publication to hit the city of Houston: SLEM.
My newest singles include “RODEO” prod. by Multi-Platinum Producer/Rapper/Writer, DJ Chose, which was the song to win the “OnThaRadar” Challenge two months in a row, making me the first artist from the platform to be featured and interviewed on 97.9 the box, LIVE, on-air. Others include, “Black Magik” ft. Jazz Anderson, “I Want You”- a collaboration with Marquo, “Send Me A Delta”, “I Need A Dyme” ft. Stacy Luxxx and International Bounce Recording Artist, Fly Boi Keno, and others.
I’m proud to say that I’ve been given the opportunity to lead a sector of the Do-Wap Agency as the Director of Experience, and Project Manager of the SLEM Magazine, which stands for “Social Life Events Media”. We feature the hottest events in the city every month, social justice topics and things happening in our community, “Socialites”, who are buzzing and making a difference in the community, “Up-NEXT” artists and public figures on the rise, and last, but, not least, we offer businesses an opportunity to advertise with our great publication.
The Do-WAP Agency, L.L.C, is led by Founder/CEO, W. Anthony Patton- MBA, whom also happens to be my mentor, great friend, and fraternity brother. He’s a great example of an educated individual who gives back by providing opportunities for people to gain credible working experience, make money, and all the more important, have a lot of fun.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In this ever-evolving world, social media and technology will continue to reshape the ways in which stars are born, and the way the music/entertainment industry markets, develops, and monetizes talent. And, one thing’s for certain, the media, will never die. It’ll only keep evolving to more efficient and sustainable measures.
In the next 5-10 years, technological-advances will improve content creation, and give the world more platforms to showcase who they are and what they can be. And, we aim to see the SLEM Magazine at an all-time high for being one of those platforms.
As for myself, the artist, the performer, the character, All the world’s a stage! And, my mission is to use utilize these god-given talents to motivate, inspire, and impact the lives of this world while the curtains remain open.
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