Hi Calvin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey guys and thanks for having me. I’ve been good, no complaints. Busy as hell and it feels great.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Give It Away”?

Sure. First off that song was penned by myself, Kashonda Bailey (Chapter:SOUL keyboardist), and Landon Oubre. The band’s studio, Chapter:SOUL World, is also a hang spot where we vibe out with other artists. Landon ( is a NOLA born Houston based lyricist who has been indirectly a part of the band since it’s beginning and has always chilled with us at the studio.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It wasn’t a particular one event but a season of events that lead to the inspiration for this song. As I just previously mentioned Landon would hang and vibe with the band at our studio during rehearsal and mixtape recording sessions as well as come out to our weekly gig in New Orleans at Verret’s. Eventually he started to sit-in with the band and immediately his sit-ins would be more targeted and productive than any other vocalist because of the rapport we built in the studio. So one day while in the studio and taking a break from working on a mixtape the band started having that age’s old conversation about musicians being underpaid and undervalued in society. While this was going on I was fooling with some chords at the keyboard and like clockwork Landon came with the hook. The hook he gave basically boiled down my perspective to the band’s conversation, which is doctors and lawyers make a lot of money but we actually love what we do so be proud of it. The hook says exactly that, “give it away, we don’t care what they got to say”.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

You better believe we have plans to release a video for this. Just sit tight, you’ll be one of the first to know about it.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process for this song was gentle, mellifluous, organic, and self-driving. I guess because the band has such a deep chemistry when in rehearsal, writing sessions, and even on the band stand we can somewhat complete each other’s sentences. We just pounded it out at the band studio until it was finished. And we ordered hella amounts of takeout from Garage Pizza.

What role does New Orleans play in your music?

I would be completely dishonest if I didn’t say that the culture and sound of my city, New Orleans, is my musical beacon. I’m a 3rd generation NOLA musician born and breed into the NOLA music scene. It’s me and I am it. Therefore every note I play no matter where I’m at in the world carries the soundtrack of my city. People always come up to me when I’m traveling in places other than New Orleans and say, “we can certainly tell you’re from Nawlins, it’s written all over you”.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Totally! I find that when I’m working for or with someone else I tend to be more organized and less willing to take risks. When I’m working solo or with just the band there’s less method to the madness and from the outside looking in my process looks like a total cluster, but it ain’t and I always manage to accomplish the task at hand. Also when working solo I’m more willing to experiment and try new and/or different things, hey if it sucks it didn’t waist anyone else’s time but mine.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

The new single most certainly does reflect what’s to come from the upcoming album. The album is coming along amazing. The band is excited, motivated, and has a lot to say musically which is good. For this album we’re working with producer extraordinaire Drew Baham to help guide this project. I can’t wait for you and the world to hear it, it’s gonna be straight lit.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

As of now we’re looking at a winter 2019 release and no, no titles that I’m willing to divulge yet.

How are you preparing for your upcoming tour?

I’m prepping for this tour with lots of checklists and rehearsals. I’m crossing my i’s and dotting my t’s. Everything from making sure the band has adequate merchandise to getting the Sprinter checked out and serviced. Rehearsing, rehearsing, and more rehearsing. We’re looking to start incorporating some of the new material that we’ve been recording for the upcoming album on this tour so the audience is definitely in for a treat.

What are you looking forward the most?

I’m really looking forward to the growth that the band will make over this tour. For a band there’s nothing like being on stage with the same individuals daily while playing for completely different audiences every night and watching how the band’s chemistry gets tighter and tighter as we refine our setlist.

Does your approach and performance changes when you are touring on your own rather than with someone else?

Yes most definitely. When I’m on the road with my project I’m a much more tightly wound-up individual. I’m thinking about and actively managing all the facets of the band from: personnel, merchandise, lodging, transportation, schedule, guest list, blah, blah blah… Man it’s a lot. But when I’m with someone else I’m just gliding and riding from city to city waiting for the gig.

What else is happening next in Chapter:SOUL’s world?

Well I mentioned that our freshmen studio album will be dropping in the winter of 2019 and we’re really excited about that. It’s been a long time coming and is long overdue and I know our fans have definitely been waiting patiently for us to drop this one. We also have a mixtape series called “The Bible” (check em out that we’re going to be releasing our 3rd installment in the fall with a mixtape release party somewhere in America. We have a big Halloween bash coming up in New Orleans on 10/26/18 at the Hi-Ho. It’s Halloween weekend and Voodoo music fest weekend so we’re gonna party all night. You never know who’s gonna make an appearance!! Touring touring and more touring. Check out our website for our latest tour dates and other info.

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Chapter:SOUL August 2018 Tour:

8/10 Sanctuary Brewing- Hendersonville NC

8/11 Gottrocks- Greenville SC

8/12 The Crown- Greensboro NC

8/14 Capital Ale House- Richmond VA

8/15 City Winery- Washington DC

8/16 Stephen Talkhouse- Amagansett NY

8/17 DROM- NYC

8/18 Parish Public House- Albany NY

8/19 Higher Ground- Burlington VT

8/26 Sweet NOLA’s- Winchester VA

8/28 Smith’s Olde Bar- Atlanta GA

8/30 One Stop- Asheville NC

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