Calvin Gaines

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I am offering my expertise engineering, song-writing, and production services for individuals who are seeking to become music industry professionals.

I am a multi-platinum music producer/song-writer who's credits includes such artist as Lady GaGa, Whitney Houston,Destiny's Child,Brandy, Back Street Boys, & Joe as well as various other up & coming artist.
I am offering my expertise engineering, song-writing, and production services for individuals who are seeking to become music industry professionals.

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24 Reviews

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  1. Review by Khan R.

    Cal Gaines has been nothing but helpful in 6 plus yrs I've been dealing with him. I've learned a lot of knowledge and he has taught me how to record and compose tracks on a professional level. He's spent countless hours in helping me achieve the sound I wanted. But his biggest contribution is his mannerism and his friendship I've gained over the years.

  2. Review by Iman Mimi Kabshura - ALL TOO VISUAL
    by Iman Mimi Kabshura - ALL TOO VISUAL

    Calvin is a stand out professional in every way. He is a huge asset to any creative team and brings a great deal of knowledge to any project. Calvin will teach, guide and bring out every artist’s natural talents to fruition. He has the ability to collaborate closely with any team and artist to build effective working relationships.

    On a personal note - It has always been an absolute pleasure working with Calvin. He is a highly detail oriented individual always willing to share his knowledge and talent. Any artist would be blessed to have him as their mentor and consultant.

  3. Review by Michal George aka ShynDIGG
    by Michal George aka ShynDIGG

    I've known Mr. Gaines since '84. We've been friends ever since. He's one of the few people I admire most in this world. He's generous, thoughtful, peaceful, patient, & loyal. All these qualities, & more, reflect in his music. He's also very talented. Here's the most important factor that is present. The love of music. He has a true love for the artform. And because of that love any client that works with Mr. Gaines is going to receive honest results. He refuses to be a part of the superficial side of the music business & stays clear of improper music practices. He is to be admired and hired.

  4. Review by Krittika Y.

    I worked on a single with Calvin recently and it was a wonderful experience. He is very dedicated and knows his craft. He was incredibly helpful in helping me record great vocals, and can really capture and preserve the spirit of a song creatively

    Highly recommend!

  5. Review by Falonte Moore
    by Falonte Moore

    Yo, what cant I say about this awesome, gifted, and humble brother that I've known for 20 years. Definitely a gem to the music industry and a rare talent. I've also had the pleasure of working with Calvin and he comes ready to get the job done. Not many producers can pick up a guitar , lay a dope drumtrack, throw down on keys, write lyrics and finalize the project with a crazy dope mix. Clavin has proven himself to the world of faithful music lovers time and time again, just check out his discography....Needs no introduction...Blessing Big Homie
    Fonz / Former member of Koffee Brown

  6. Review by Mark Wilson
    by Mark Wilson

    Cal Gaines is a genius. I don't say that without experience. For over 20+ years, I have eye-witnessed his approach, insight, musicality and integrity and they are unparalleled.
    I've had the fortune of working with him on a multitude of projects; from A-list celebrities to developmental artists and everything in between. He anticipates the needs of the artist, the song, the project and then delivers on all of those points and beyond!
    Patient, focused and kind, he is a blessing in my life and the #1 go to for the gambit of navigating just about anything!!
    Mark Wilson

  7. Review by Troy W.

    So what can I say about Mr. Gains, we have been friends and brothers for many years. Always a kind person very creative and humble. A technician of sorts when in the lab, when it comes to sound, arrangement and quality of music. One of the things I respect most about this guy is his attention to detail and allowing the artist to be themselves and flourish. Kalvin's relationship with music is much like a relationship with a family, personal, passionate, with enormous love. A real blessing to be around to listen and watch while in his zone. Thank you for being there for me big bro!

  8. Review by Sundahta Music

    I've worked with Cal Gaines in the past, and found him to be extremely creative and professional. He's also a great guy and super easy to work with!
    His musicianship is exemplary and he knows how to bring the best out of whatever song you throw at him!

  9. Review by Craig White
    by Craig White

    Calvin is an excellent musician, writer, and producer/engineer!! He has many, many years of experience and the knowledge that comes with it. I highly endorse him!

  10. Review by Anthony Mac
    by Anthony Mac

    Calvin Gaines is a long time friend of mine who I’ve had the honor of working with. Calvin has created some of the most successful songs in history. His longevity, mastery of music arrangements, his values of music,  and people go beyond just creating great songs. His results are unquestionable. How his contemporaries turn to him as that go to music producer. Calvin also works with local artist in his area and applies the same great work ethics of knowing the right things to say and do to move a artist career forward which gives them a source of self respect, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

  11. Review by Shedrick Guy
    by Shedrick Guy

    I’ve know Cal since we was teenagers when we was both learning this thing call music, Calvin has always been a great musician, innovative Producer and just a great guy who I’m proud to call a friend! What makes Cal great is that he feels he can always learn something new from anyone, Cal is A1 in my book!

  12. Review by Tyrone Corbett

    Calvin has a discography that speaks for itself, but what it does not tell you is the character of the man. Working alongside Calvin and spending time in his studio provides that much needed outlet that seems to be somewhat lost in our industry today. Building a great song is not too difficult when one has talent, but without a great vibe, it can simply be good work while lacking soul. Working with Calvin get's you the best of both worlds.

    Tyrone Corbett

  13. Review by Mykleanthony
    by Mykleanthony

    The pedigree of this man is bar none. I’ve known Calvin most of my life. From working on the set of The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street to Billy Joel, no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world I can count on his support, talent and knowledge. We’ve worked together through most of my music journey and he gets it. Your music, your sound his commitment. You only have to see all the testimonies to know who you’re getting. When you work with Calvin, you not not have a multi-talented producer, you’ve got a friend.
    Much Love and Luck Mr G

    Mykleanthony - “14 Karat Soul”

  14. Review by Cyd F.
    by Cyd F.

    Calvin Gaines is music melody magnificence who connects with artists. Mr. Gaines brings eclectic energy to any artistic genre. Calvin recognizes niche in what makes performers and sound unique. For instance, he put impromput bass lines on unrehearsed live poetry performances that opened ears, eyes and mouths (a lot of jaws were picked up off the floor). Also, his keen sensibility and ever evolving aptitude turned an amateur youth Hip-Hop play into bounce good enough for Broadway. Calvin discovers, exposes and develops what artists don't even know they have. Check him out for yourselves.

  15. Review by Dev 1
    by Dev 1

    Calvin Gaines is not human he is alien I humbly call sci fi. He teleported me into many lucrative opportunities that have greatly benefited me not only financially but professionally amongst others in the Industry. Literally like opening doors to dimensions Calvins music continues to be cutting edge and has consistently been innovative, setting trends, and breaking records worldwide for decades. There are very few people like him in this world and if there were more like him I probably wouldn’t be writing this review. If you ever have a problem with this man you’re probably a POS.

  16. Review by Roland Clark

    Calvin Gaines, if not the only was one of the few people that interested me in songwriting at the age of 16 and I've been writing ever since. I never stop learning with this guy. His approach to music is not like any other I've ever worked with. He is dedicated & viable

  17. Review by Charles McDougald AKA The Black Knight
    by Charles McDougald AKA The Black Knight

    Whenever I need a great ear I can count on Mr.Gaines, For the record I have 197 songs to my credit spanning many years. Every song that I had Calvin listen to or put his hand on was a mash. I trust him 100% and sure should you. Whenever I hear a song that Calvin has worked on it sounds amazing, very well put together and sonically perfect.
    Thanks Mr. Gaines for getting my ear right.

  18. Review by artilous sims
    by artilous sims

    Calvin Gaines Life is Music ,He has a amazing vision of the where music came from and where its going.Calvin is very creative and innovative and universal. there are know limits to how he can bring out the best for any artist .Calvin comes from a amazing family of music. He has made his own original platform to set forth a atmosphere for any new artist.

  19. Review by David Darlington
    by David Darlington

    In a sea of imitators, Calvin Gaines is a true original. He is one of the most gifted, creative, innovative and talented people I have ever collaborated with, and that would be quite a few! (Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock).
    His energy is boundless and makes you excited to be involved in the project. His results can be heard on playlists around the world....I can't wait for our next chance to be in the studio together!

  20. Review by Dennis Schultz
    by Dennis Schultz

    As a manager of independent artists, I've worked with Calvin repeatedly with multiple artists serving multiple genres. Besides being a multi-platinum selling producer, Calvin is a polite, professional, and a pleasure to work with. Calvin is by far the most cost effective producer I've worked with when you consider the value that his experience and efficiency bring to the table. He know how to get the best out of an artist and is universally relatable.

  21. Review by Desmond Sugar
    by Desmond Sugar

    I've known Calvin for many years and I know that his is a true artist of the music world. Top quality, no cutting corner, producer and musician. You don't build a name among superstars in the industry by cutting corners!

  22. Review by Evan Kremin
    by Evan Kremin

    I've known and worked with Calvin Gaines for over thirty years. His talent is outdone only by his professionalism. Calvin possesses an excellent ability to communicate equally well with artists, bands, writers and technicians, which stems from his being equally adept himself in all of these disciplines. His sessions are very smoothly run and any issues are resolved very quickly. Calvin's trend-setting ears are apparent by listening to the countless multi-platinum artists he has produced, written for and played with, and he brings the same ears to your session as he brings to Lady Gaga's.

  23. Review by Qaadir Muridallah
    by Qaadir Muridallah

    I've worked with Calvin Gaines over the years and having being a former member of the management team for the New Kids on The Block, worked with artists like Bee Bee Winans, Luther Vandross, James Ingram, Morice Starr, George Duke and many others I have seen a lot of the industry and Calvin had not only worked with the industries biggest acts but he's been able to maintain his thumb on the plus of the industry. I find Galvin's ability to help you to get the sound and product you are looking for without putting his ego in the way, that as a musician is priceless.

  24. Review by NYT
    by NYT

    I worked with Mr. Gaines for over two years he is an AMAZING person, however when I came down to recording he was very unorganized and over priced. I paid me Gaines 500$ months in advance for one song to be mixed and after over a year he still never finished the mix. I’ve had several sessions with Mr. Gaines where his equipment wasn’t working properly and although he has made platinum records in the past I have had to re-record every single song I started with him because his mixing doesn’t meet today’s music standards. I’m posting this review to save any upcoming artists the trouble i endured

Interview with Calvin Gaines

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: producing my brothers' Reg e Gaines first album, there's a different kind of love with family

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: a musical

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Analog, it the sounds my ears are accustomed to

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: That we will get it done , no matter the circumstances

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Don't like it, I love it

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: do you think my idea can work? I usually say yes, with no fear

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: that anyone can do it

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: who are you?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: to bring an open mind, and to never give up on a good idea

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: guitar

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: The best is to work with people who were better than I, I have over 25 years of experience

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: curved to the left

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: the most catchy, melody, rhythm .. exploit the hell out of it

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: pop music

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: creativity

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: expertise

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: record, record, record.. get it right

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: professional recording setup , mac based, api, burl, antelope, warm audio, tube tech,

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Jaco Pastorius, Zedd, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: record production, mixing and mastering

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Terms Of Service

I typically get it right, but no more than 2 revisions per song, other than production my turn around time is 3 days

GenresSounds Like
  • Lady Gaga
  • Whitney Houston
  • Roland Clark
Gear Highlights
  • MacPro
  • Avalon 737
  • Burl Audio Summing
  • Antelope Orion
  • KRK Expose
  • Genelec Speakers
  • Tannoy
  • MPC-X
  • API Gear Logic Pro X
  • Protools
  • Reason 11
  • Tube Tech EQ
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