Written by Lakesha Woods
Published May 15, 2011
Interviewing Raheem Malik brought back a good feeling about music and the entertainment industry for me. His giddiness reminded me of why I'm a Writer, and why I publish Enjoy Life Magazine. It's all for the love of entertainment, for the smile that one wears on their face while being interviewed for the first time. It's for the inspiration that one receives from reading a positive story or watching an unknown artist develop into a star and Raheem Malik is shinning bright!
Growing up in Detroit, Raheem says he often found himself without any activities. With not much to do, he began to test the waters and experiment with the sound of music. It was during his senior year in high school that he started producing before he even started singing. Yet, his sounds were good enough for his ears he didn't always want to share his music. He said he was scared and really didn't want people to hear his music in fear that they wouldn't like it. The first time he actually sang was in front of a crowd at school and he sang the national anthem. He received a standing ovation and it was then that he realized he had a special gift and his level of confidence increased.
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For the record I must admit that many of his fans and my readers wanted me to put Calvin in the hot seat and grill him. I was urged to ask if he’s married, how old is he, does he have children, who’s his girlfriend, if he’s dating the girl in the video (in real life), why did Wikipedia say that he was married, and tons and tons of fans wanted me to tell him hello. They’ve written in and asked me to deliver personal messages; some wanted me to find out when he would coming to their towns, graduations, weddings and baby showers! Well, as our conversation went along I really didn’t have to ask a whole lot questions because he was ready to set the record straight about a few things and digging up dirt really isn’t my style but if truth needs to be told, then by all means I welcome people to set the record straight.
When I first met Calvin, it was in Wilmington, Delaware back in 2006. He had a show at a lounge called The Colosseum. It was a small audience, the lights were dimmed and as I was walking from the ladies room Calvin was already on stage ... just a one man show. The ambiance and his presence on the stage put me in a nostalgic mood. It felt as though, I had been there before but maybe that’s just the old school soulfulness in his voice. His voice transcends the listener to another place and another time. Smoke filled the stage and Calvin put on a show.