Calvin Richardson

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Calvin Richardson
Background information
Birth nameCalvin Richardson
Born (1976-12-16) December 16, 1976 (age 47)
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
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.

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.[3][4][5]

In January 2014, it was announced that Richardson signed a new deal with Eric Benét's label Jordan House Records[6] with distribution and marketing from the company Primary Wave Music.[7]

In April 2014, Richardson released the first single from his album "I Am Calvin" entitled "We Gon' Love Tonite".[8]"

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.'[9]

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

Richardson cites Babyface as a major influence and someone who has he "learned a lot from".[10] He also cites R. Kelly as someone who he would want to work with, admiring his creativity. Other artists that Richardson says has influenced him are Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, K-Ci Hailey, and Stevie Wonder.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US
[11]
US
R&B

[12]
US
Indie

[13]
Country Boy 27
2:35 PM
  • Released: September 16, 2003
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: CD, digital download
65 8
When Love Comes
  • Released: May 27, 2008
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 25
Facts of Life: The Soul of Bobby Womack
  • Released: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
30 50
America's Most Wanted
  • Released: August 31, 2010
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
38 49
I Am Calvin 34
All or Nothing
  • Released: September 29, 2017
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Gold Dust
  • Released: October 25, 2019
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

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. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Come back kings – Home". November 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Come Back Kings (@ComeBackKingsTV) | Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Come Back Kings". Facebook.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "YKIGS Live: Eric Benet Talks Signing Calvin Richardson & Goapele, Finding Stars in the Subway, New Music". Youknowigotsoul.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "News: Eric Benet, Calvin Richardson & Goapele Sign with BMG/Primary Wave to Release New Albums". Youknowigotsoul.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Calvin Richardson Debuts New Song, 'We Gon' Love Tonite'". Essence.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "Premiere: Calvin Richardson 'Hearsay'". Vibe.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "N.C. Music Hall of Fame inductee Calvin Richardson shares highs, lows and inspirations". October 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Calvin Richardson > Billboard > Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "Calvin Richardson > Billboard > Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  13. ^ "Calvin Richardson > Billboard > Independent Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 28, 2022.

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