Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Calvin.
Hi Jon, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Hi there- thanks for having me as well and I am super grateful for this opportunity to share my story! My name is Joe, however, I go by Jon Calvin in the music industry. I’m a Pop Artist, Songwriter, Vocal Producer, A&R, and Manager. When I was just 7-years-old I got my first guitar and fell in love. I started taking lessons and writing music. From a young age, I knew music was meant for me, and my purpose was to network with artists around the world.
By the age of 14, I was able to connect myself with my favorite guitarist in the world, Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom. When I saw the results of my effort to meet him in person and spent the whole day with him one on one, I knew that I was destined for success. Well, at least that’s what I thought. I, unfortunately, ended up getting mixed with the wrong crowd in my teenage years and ended up going to prison from the age of 18-22 for 4 years. While I was in prison, I slowly grew every day to change for the better. While being in a cell for 23 hours a day, I was able to utilize being isolated to get myself back in the groove of what mattered, the music. I started writing songs non-stop for those 4 years. I decided to switch genres from Post-hardcore to Pop music. I know – crazy transition.
I was so excited to be released so I could record those
songs that were just on paper. I was never confident in my voice so at the time I wanted to be a songwriter, but once I was finally out I was having somebody sing one of my songs in a studio session. They weren’t singing the song how I visioned it in my head, so I went to vocally give an example, and the engineer played it back and I said “yes, like that!.”
The engineer said “that was you man, the mic picked up your voice” I was shocked, “Woah that didn’t sound that bad!” I remember saying. And then, boom…a singer was born haha. I was working hard and saving money to invest in my music for the first year I was out and everything was going smoothly; singing the music that I made, and it felt like I was finally progressing.
Then one summer day while I was out on Candlewood Lake, I got into a terrible boating accident. To keep the story short, my legs got chopped up terribly by the propeller. I couldn’t even think about walking for at least 9 months. During that time I fell heavy into depression, gaining weight, thinking my life was over, knowing I can never walk the same ever again. After the first few months of being depressed, and surviving a suicide attempt, I realized I was meant to be here. I knew deep down I was just meant for more in this life.
I used my idol time to make music and ended up writing one of the best songs I ever wrote (in my opinion, and also not released yet).
From that moment, I started reaching out to artists on Instagram for collaborations and taking flights out to LA to network. I was chasing the music full force now, and my dreams.
Currently, I’m 26, and I do music full time writing for artists, collaborating, connecting artists together, and even had an artist under my belt that I managed for a year. My goal is to one day become so successful in the music industry that I can start to help smaller artists grow and develop them through the experiences I have lived. In addition, being able to relate on a personal level with mental health issues. I’ve been clinically diagnosed with chronic insomnia, bipolar disorder, and depression- I never want anyone to go through what I’ve gone through mentally.
I would say I cultivate many traits that shape my big personality- super extroverted, warm-hearted, sense of humor, and very personable.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The struggles I experienced regarding Mental health have been a huge challenge for me for a long time, and even still to this day. The fact I went to prison for 4 years and was severely injured in a boating accident was not easy.
It took a lot of mental strength to persevere through it all. However, looking back all of my setbacks have ultimately made me into the person I am today.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I believe what sets me apart from others, I specialize in making catchy melodies vocally, I feel like that’s my strongest suit. Also being able to conform to almost any genre. Also what sets me apart from others is my ability to continue to be humble, selfless, and caring to everyone. No matter what I’m going through whether I’m having the worst day of my
life, or the best day of my life -I’m still able to push my feelings aside and give people my energy. I am always willing to jump to help people and put others before myself.
How do you define success?
I feel like success is being one with, loving, and coming to acceptance
of yourself. I think that as long as you’re following the path that God has set out for you, then that’s where true success lies. It’s within the soul, not the money or the fame.
- Website: www.whoisjoncalvin.com
- Instagram: @whoisjoncalvin
- Facebook: @whoisjoncalvin
- Twitter: @whoisjoncalvin
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCd1SPay9qgBhHFvsHnXhDeA
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