Hi Calvin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! Very excited to release new music.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My America”?
The song was written by Janey Street and Charles English. My manager and I were looking for a song about unity and were leaning toward a patriotic type song. We love the Lee Greenwood classic “God Bless the USA”, so that was the inspiration. My manager and I found the song through a Nashville publishing company and we loved it from the first demo we heard.
Did any event in particular inspire you to record this song?
I come from a military family, both my dad and my brother served. That was an important factor in recording “My America.” This country is important to me and this song reflects that perfectly.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes the music video will come out with the single on September 4th.
How was the recording process?
The recording process was fun and exciting. This was my first time recording with Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns. Our voices matched up perfectly! I loved the harmonies and how they turned out.
What was it like to work with Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns? How did those relationships develop?
The producer I was working with at the time introduced me to them. Heidi has incredible vocal power and we had a great time in the studio. Keith likes to crack jokes and we were laughing the whole time.
How much did they get to influence the song?
All three of us coming together really made the song magic! We all had strong country vocals and it meshed well. They added the perfect amount of flare and balance, it was nice to have a complementary female vocal.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Cruising down Music Row still puts butterflies in my stomach. I love passing RCA Studios and knowing that Elvis recorded there. There’s just an energy here that is unlike any other city and it inspires me to keep making music.
How has your current situation with the quarantine influenced your writing and work as a whole?
I’ve been writing a lot more with the extra time and refining my guitar skills. I’ve also been revamping my workout routine and trying to stay healthy. Running and lifting weights!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I am working on other material. This song has inspired me to create more meaningful songs that promote unity. I’d like to help bring people together through music since the country is struggling right now.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
To be determined! It’s in the works.
What else is happening next in Calvin Lee’s world?
Besides new music, I want to release a new clothing line which would be geared toward blue collar working men and women! I grew up on a farm and I still do a lot of work outside so I’d love to design a perfect pair for jeans and ideal clothing for outside work.