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Calvin Ross: A Musical Mastermind



Here at Christian Nicole Promotions we were able to interview on the rise musical sensation Calvin Ross. He had a moment to answer some questions about his recent musical endeavors. 

Bonni3: So, Calvin, what made you want to actually start pursuing music as a career? 

Calvin: What made me want to pursue music were the people around me telling me I could really do it, professionally. And the feeling I get when someone is emotionally affected by my talents. I’ve been singing since I can remember. As a youngster I was in church every Sunday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday. I went to a Pentecostal church where singing was very prominent. So I was able to train my voice by sounding like the singers I was surrounded by. 

Bonni3: Love that answer. You had faith in your craft and did not hesitate to follow your gut instinct.

Calvin: Exactly. 

Bonni3: Where do you see yourself this year? 

Calvin: This year I see myself in a good space. I’ve expanded my network and connected with more prominent names within the industry. I’ve also grown mentally with the time I’ve had this year reflecting on the previous. 

Bonni3: Okay Okay, that’s really dope. 

Calvin: Most definitely 

Bonni3: Who has helped influence your sound? And how do you define your sound? 

Calvin:The artists that influenced me personally and in a way impacted my sound are firstly, Michael Jackson, he was the start of it all. Usher, R.Kelly, Ginuwine, and Avant. There are a few more but those are the main artists that really played a major role in me singing. 

As of now I would describe my sound as urban R&B. Where I mainly reference my life, things I’ve seen and been through as well as insuring women on how beautiful and important they are. 

Bonni3: Those are some of my favorites right there. Nice lineup. Okay, right now what are you currently working on? 

Calvin: I’m currently working on my debut EP, titled “Preface”. This EP will be an official introduction into my life, what I like, don’t like, and things I very seldom discuss due to the way it affects me mentally. 

Bonni3: Very dope concept. I know your fans will love this new release. Calvin: Oh for sure ! 

Bonni3: What are your most recent accomplishments that you are proud of? 

Calvin: Some of the accomplishments I made recently would be. Winning a 2019 SCM award for the “Bobby Womack R&B artist of the year”. The EP I did with my brother 2c’s which was produced by Chriz Beatz placed number 30 on the iTunes Charts. I signed a new management deal with Trae Dot and Rushing Management which came with a direct connection to Drumma Boy and his production. 

Bonni3: Wow, that’s major congrats on that ! 

Calvin: Thank you 

Bonni3: So with this pandemic going on has it affected your career in a negative way?

Calvin: I would have to say this pandemic has actually helped me more than hurt. I’ve been able to focus and home in on my craft. My streams and sales have gone up, and my overall network has expanded tremendously. So yea this pandemic didn’t really hurt me, it instead helped me quite a bit. 

Bonni3: I feel the same way. It has helped a lot of people focus. I’m glad to hear that. Well, your music I must say is very refreshing to hear. I can honestly say I enjoy your content and I’m sure anyone else who checks you out will too ! Thanks for chatting with me, but before we go where can new fans check out your content ? 

Calvin: I appreciate it ! You can keep up with me on my website, Instagram and also Twitter. 

About Calvin Ross

Calvin Ross is an R&B singer and producer hailing from Tennessee.

Calvin Ross began making music when he was 17, right after moving back home to Tennessee from a 6 year stay in Detroit. He acquired a friend’s setup for $100 where he began making beats on Fruity Loops. After becoming acquainted with how to produce his own beats, he took advantage of his talent for singing and turned to recording and mixing.

“I didn’t want to release any music until it sounded really good,” he said.

After winning a showcase at P. Diddy’s studio, Daddy’s House, Calvin Ross got to meet with an A&R for Def Jam Recordings where he was further reassured of his talents. After this meeting, he started to pursue his music career more seriously and has since soared to new heights.

Today, Calvin Ross mainly creates Urban R&B, taking inspiration from artists like Michael Jackson, Usher, Ginuwine, and R. Kelly.

“The feeling I get when someone genuinely tells me they like my music is the best feeling in the world,” Ross said. “I let the instrumentals talk to me and tell me what to say.”

Growing up in an area of Tennessee where crime and violence is the norm, Calvin Ross has a colorful story to tell-one that continues to make his music stand out from the rest.

So far, he has opened for Avant, Urban Mystic, Snootie Wild, YFN Lucci, Bando Jonez, Yung Bleu and he continues to chase his dreams of having his music reach No. 1 on Billboard.


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A Shannon Dill that bloomed to be DaphoDILL



Versatile and full of inspiration is the 26-year-old Indie artist, Shannon Dill from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was the youngest and the philosophical child at most. That made her choose philosophy as her major. Aside from that, she also took sign language and various sports activities. Writing poems was her way to express her sentiments and seeing them brought out as her self-published books to the world greatly thrilled her. The first book she published was Colors of Blue Shades of Black. 

Above all the things she enjoyed, for Shannon Dill now popularly known as DaphoDILL, music was the greatest. She had always loved music but hated her name. Ironically now, her name became her personality and music was her own life story where she put pieces of herself regardless of the beat or lyrics.

Rooted motivation

It started when her late grandmother left a word that the Shannon she used to hate “is going to do something and going to be something.” DaphoDILL’s talent was evidently seen as early as 2nd grade when she already got lessons on the guitar and piano along with a drum set. Quite funny for her that she could not read music, but at a very young age, she can already write and produce various types of it. 

As she reflected on the people who waste their talents, she realized that she never wanted to waste her own. With her ability as a poet and loving the adverse styles that poetry could be made into and the diversity amongst different readers and writers, she started to put her poems to music. 

Needless to say, all successful people have their own fair share of struggles. Another reason that got her into music is witnessing her family struggle at a very young age. She knew deep in her heart that she had to be the one to break that ‘generational curse’ and produce ‘generational wealth’.

“It takes one person to step out and do something different for something to change.”

DaphoDILL used that struggle as a great motivation to show what she can do from what she loves.

Thriving passion

DaphoDILL describes her music as fun. Her music is DaphoDILL herself. It is her life in lyrics with a really dope beat. She turned her poetry into lyrics, to sum up, all the feelings raging at her and share every little piece of life’s moments, creating dope art because music is indeed an art.

Presently, she had already released a couple of her masterpieces. Those are “All Facts” ft. ZAYTOVEN, “Black Shades” and “Blue Colors”, “G.A.B. HIGH” and two more, behind it named “I’m Rolling Jimmy” and “Misplaced a Misses”. Interestingly enough she loves sad rap and pop-rock and indie rock type of music with a little mix of hip-hop/rap. So, she took her story and put that rock on these hip-hop/rap type of beats to create these projects. 

“Black Shades” and “Blue Colors” related the black lives being taken while unarmed or in their beds sleeping or failing to signal and ending up in a grave. All Facts talked about knowing who you are as a person. As the lyrics go, “Freeze, look in the mirror, do ya dance, shake that ass.” It says don’t argue with anyone, and don’t let someone take you out of your character. “G.A.B. HIGH”, has the type of “hey, I know you want me but you can’t have me because you need to do better and if you want them you can have them goodbye there’s the front door” type of vibe. 

“Misplaced a Misses” is simple. The song was about turning a ‘hoe’ into a housewife. “I’m Rolling Jimmy” was simply put, “don’t get it twisted I am hot I will take ya man!” She will also be releasing a new album called Anomalous.

You can catch up with her music and life at Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, Tiktok, SoundCloud and Audiomack.

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Nckv: His Sounds Truly Excite The Senses



Nicholas “Nckv” von Holtermann is a New York-based Asian-American independent musician whose affinity for innovation transcends the confines of genre. In the time since he humbly began his career in a makeshift living room studio, the singer, rapper, and producer has trained his focus on world-building, combining his ambient, forward-thinking sounds with nostalgic anime-style visuals. Outside the studio, Nckv has cultivated his stage presence by performing at local bars.

Nckv credits pandemic-induced isolation as a catalyst for his creativity. He used the time to hone his craft both in solitude and in a new frontier: a professional recording studio with a slew of gifted musicians from near and far. His ambition to expand his range has attracted the likes of illustrators, animators, and major publications.

The outcome of his flourishing productivity came to fruition with his debut EP “Spectre,” a dreamscape of experimental electronic hip-hop sautéed in hints of trap, pop, and soul. Throughout the project, Nckv flaunts a decade’s worth of avid musicianship with dynamic layers and soundscape shifts that could blow the minds of casual audiences while also offering depth that only the most trained of ears would appreciate. Above all, though, Nckv celebrates his EP as an authentic self-introduction to a world in need of his light.

In the wake of his release, Nckv is riding the momentum to build up his collective “Async,” an all-inclusive congregation of creatives across mediums that play to each other’s strengths to achieve team-wide success. He hopes to bolster his networks, public presence, and musical aptitude in pursuit of being the best he can be.

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Bennys Batching: Will Definitely Become A Household Name As He Starts To Trend Within The Music Industry



Benny Chavez, Better known as Bennys Batching is an on the rise recording artist from New Mexico. He is of hispanic ethnicity and takes pride in where he is from. He has a diverse interest in musical genres especially Rap, Hip Hop, Christian Rap and Christian Rock. Bennys Batching is all about making his music known within the rap industry and growing his brand. His debut single “Worldwide Records” makes his story and ambition very clear to whomever listens. Benny started his career this past April just experimenting with some written lyrics. It soon passed as a hobby into a full passion of his. Music is now become the main focus of his life. With each new record he tells a story. His music caters to all listeners. His raw lyrics and catchy vibe appeal to all.

Over some time his writing became better and better. Now he is able to switch up words easily and provide listeners with some amazing wordplay and lyricism. Benny is all about becoming better with his sound. He seeks to make his name known throughout the industry. Currently he is working on a self titled album “Bennys Batching” which is set to drop in the near future. In the meantime check out his latest single “Worldwide Record” now available everywhere.  Be sure to be on the look out for his new releases in the near future.

Check out his latest single here first ! Remember it is also available on all other platforms worldwide !

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