Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Prentice Calligan - Musician Interview


Prentice Calligan

Rnb Singer/Songwriter

Describe your style.

I love music so much that I incorporate many styles in my work. I would even say my musical style could be classified as somewhat of a musical hybrid. In my music, you will hear so many musical flavors that have inspired me along this journey. You can hear songs with that classic 90’s Rnb vibe and influences from gospel, jazz, hip hop, country, afro beats, pop, and so many more genres that have inspired me.

Who or what has been your greatest influence on your style?

I’ve been influenced by artists from so many different generations now. I will mention a few, but that is not to discredit all the musical pioneers that have paved the way for new artist like me. If I had to name a few, I would definitely have to include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, USHER, Neo, Jodeci, R. Kelly, New Edition, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Marvin Gaye, Babyface and so many more have inspired my creativity, singing, and writing styles.

How did you get started in your career?

Singing in church as a child, I always knew I would have a career in music. I truly began the pursuit of my musical career while attending Alabama State University. I began singing in an RnB singing group that quickly took the campus by storm during that time. We started doing shows and traveling and ended up in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta has always been a place where artists are discovered. We continued to network and perform at many clubs and events. I had a great time performing with my friends who also like my brothers. Eventually, we all ended up going on different paths, pursuing our passions in music. I have stepped away from music for a while to build careers in different lanes, but I have always had the desire to get back to creating music. A little over a year ago, I got a push from a fellow artist and friend to get back out there. Since then, I’ve been creating and recording song after song. Doing what I love and doing it my way. My first single as a solo artist was “Soak It In” I wrote and arranged the song as well. I’ve now released three songs that I’ve written, and I plan on giving the world so much more!

What struggles or barriers did you face or are you facing to promote yourself and your work?

As an independent artist, I think it is a common thing to have struggles outside of just creating the music that we love. We focus on the artistry first, which is fine, but it is so much more to the business side to become successful. We usually do everything ourselves. We typically wear multiple hats while trying to perfect our craft. One lesson I’m learning is that I have to stay open to walk-in opportunities as they come. I have also struggled with promoting on social media platforms, keeping my supporters included with all the progress that is taking place in the background along this journey. In the back of my mind, I’ve never wanted to be looked at as vain or self-centered. I’ve learned to look at it from a different perspective now. I definitely want to include everyone on this journey. It’s my job to make sure people see me, know where to find me, and even knew more about who I am. So, I have to make myself more visible and available as an artist.

What life lessons have you learned and how have they influenced your style?

I’ve learned it’s not just about jumping on what’s hot at the moment. I have learned that music is an outlet in which you can express yourself. You can help people through difficult emotions and situations. If music is used properly, it can lift people's feelings. I hope always to make music that speaks to people. I really aim to connect with my audience and give them what they need. I love a great beat and a great melody, but most importantly, I want my music to be meaningful. I desire to make music that all people can enjoy!

Provide an example of your work that I can include in your interview.


Here are a few of the songs that I’ve written and released as an artist: Soak It In and Heartbeat. Both songs are unique by design. I want my audience to see the versatility in my artistry.

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