Calvin Richardson

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Calvin Richardson
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Background information
Birth nameCalvin Richardson
Born (1976-12-16) December 16, 1976 (age 44)
Monroe, North Carolina[1]
OriginCharlotte, North Carolina
GenresR&B, soul, neo soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician
Years active1995–present
LabelsTommy Boy, Universal, Hollywood, Shanachie, Jordan House, Primary Wave Music
Associated actsK-Ci & JoJo, Todd Ray, Raphael Saadiq, Angie Stone, Eric Benét, Slum Village, Chico DeBarge, Charlie Wilson
WebsiteIamcalvinrichardson.com

Calvin Richardson (born December 16, 1976[2]) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter. In 1999, he released his debut solo album Country Boy. He is also known by the nickname "Prince of Soul."[3]

Background[edit]

He is friends with K-Ci & JoJo whom he met while singing on the gospel circuit. Richardson was signed to Tommy Boy Records in the early 1990s as a member of the R&B group Undacova, whose song "Love Slave" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film New Jersey Drive.[4]

Career[edit]

In the mid 1990s, Richardson went solo and signed with Universal Records. His debut album, Country Boy, was released on August 24, 1999, selling 100,000 units. Despite this he was dropped by Universal. Shortly thereafter, he signed a contract with Hollywood Records.

On September 16, 2003, he released his second album, 2:35 pm. The album was given that name because Richardson's child was born at that time, just before completing the album. It featured the minor R&B hit "Keep On Pushin'", a song Richardson wrote and produced by himself. He originally recorded the song "More Than a Woman" a duet with Angie Stone which originally appeared on her 2001 album Mahogany Soul. Richardson would later re-record the song as a solo track for 2:35 pm. An alternate version of the song – which replaces Richardson's vocals with new ones from Joe- was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2003 Grammy Awards. The album also included popular songs such as The Underdogs produced single "Not Like This" as well as the Raphael Saadiq produced "Falling Out". The album was produced by The Underdogs, Jake & Trevor, Young RJ, and Raphael Saadiq.

Richardson then co-wrote and performed on the track "Excuse Me", from Saadiq's 2002 Grammy Award nominated album Instant Vintage, as well as co-writing The Charlie Wilson single produced by Babyface "There Goes My Baby".

Richardson released his third album, When Love Comes, on May 27, 2008, on Shanachie Records. In 2009, he was chosen to record a tribute album to Bobby Womack, which coincided with Womack being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Grammy nominated album was entitled, Facts Of Life: The Soul Of Bobby Womack. On August 31, 2010, Richardson released his fifth album, Americas Most Wanted. The lead single was "You're So Amazing".

As of 2013, he has joined the upcoming reality series "Come Back Kings" with Ed Lover, Horace Brown, David "Davinch" Chance (of Ruff Endz), Jeff Sanders, Jameio, Mr. Cheeks and Black Rob.[5][6][7]

In January 2014, it was announced that Richardson signed a new deal with Eric Benét's label Jordan House Records[8] with distribution and marketing from the company Primary Wave Music.[9]

In April 2014, Richardson released the first single from his album "I Am Calvin" entitled "We Gon' Love Tonite".[10]"

On September 30, 2014, Richardson released his fifth studio album I Am Calvin on Jordan House/Primary Wave Music/BMG Rights Management.

In January 2015, following the lead single 'We Gon' Love Tonite,' Richardson released the second single from his album 'Hearsay.'[11]

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

Richardson cites Babyface as a major influence on him.: "Babyface has made a significant impact on my future. I mean, Babyface is Babyface. He’s great. There’s nothing else to say. I learned a lot from him."[12] He also cites R. Kelly: "R. Kelly is somebody I really wanted to work with. He has run into some unfortunate situations as of late, but it doesn’t take away, for me, the greatness that’s there. I have always been impressed by his depth of creativity. When the opportunity was there, I didn’t do it. But he has always been someone I looked up to on the creative side."[13] Old-school artists have also influenced him: "I lean more to old-school artists like Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Bobby Womack. K-Ci Hailey (of Jodeci and K-Ci & JoJo) is a good friend of mine. He’s like my brother. We’re still tight to this day. He was one of the most incredible voices I have ever heard. His voice has changed over the years, but he is definitely on my Mount Rushmore. Did I say Stevie Wonder?"[14]

Personal life[edit]

Calvin is married to Jacqueline Richardson. Together they share two sons: Souljah Richardson (born November 6, 2002) and Chase Richardson (born October 17, 2013) he’s has a daughter named Jasmine Richardson as well born in 1994.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 "Love Has Finally Come At Last" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
Woman Gotta Have It Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated
2011 "You're So Amazing" Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balestrino, Claudio. "Just Soul – Calvin Richardson". Just Soul. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Nero, Mark Edward. "Calvin Richardson Biography". about.com. About Entertainment. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ https://epresskitz.com/kit.php?u=35257211
  4. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Calvin Richardson". Answers.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "Come back kings – Home". November 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Come Back Kings (@ComeBackKingsTV) | Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Come Back Kings". Facebook.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "YKIGS Live: Eric Benet Talks Signing Calvin Richardson & Goapele, Finding Stars in the Subway, New Music". Youknowigotsoul.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "News: Eric Benet, Calvin Richardson & Goapele Sign with BMG/Primary Wave to Release New Albums". Youknowigotsoul.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Calvin Richardson Debuts New Song, 'We Gon' Love Tonite'". Essence.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "Premiere: Calvin Richardson 'Hearsay'". Vibe.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  12. ^ https://qcitymetro.com/2018/10/15/n-c-music-hall-of-fame-inductee-calvin-richardson-shares-highs-lows-and-inspirations/
  13. ^ https://qcitymetro.com/2018/10/15/n-c-music-hall-of-fame-inductee-calvin-richardson-shares-highs-lows-and-inspirations/
  14. ^ https://qcitymetro.com/2018/10/15/n-c-music-hall-of-fame-inductee-calvin-richardson-shares-highs-lows-and-inspirations/

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