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Calvin Richardson

North Carolina native Calvin Richardson is a gritty, gospel-minded urban contemporary/neo-soul vocalist and songwriter whose influences have ranged from Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye to Jodeci, K-Ci & JoJo, and R. Kelly. Like other neo-soulsters who emerged in the '90s and 2000s, Richardson looks to different R&B eras for inspiration. The classic soul of the '60s and '70s has had an impact on his singing and writing, but so have the urban contemporary and hip-hop of the '80s, '90s, and 2000s. At times, Richardson can be flat-out retro; some of his material would have been right at home on an old Stax or Motown LP from R&B's pre-'80s, pre-urban contemporary, pre-hip-hop era. But other times, he has a more modern, hip-hop-influenced outlook. In other words, the Southerner has some songs that are quite friendly to urban radio, and others that would be too old-school for urban radio.

Born and raised in Monroe, NC (where he was the fifth of nine children), Richardson had a very musical upbringing -- one that included a steady diet of R&B and African-American gospel. Richardson's mother led a local gospel group called the Willing Wonders, and he sang with them consistently. When he wasn't listening to gospel, Richardson listened to secular soul and funk -- and his favorites included Bobby Womack, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, and the Gap Band. Richardson, in fact, has cited all of those artists as early influences. North Carolina's gospel circuit is where, as a kid, Richardson met longtime friends Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey and his brother Joel "JoJo" Hailey, who went on to achieve urban contemporary stardom in the early '90s as members of the vocal group Jodeci; subsequently, the siblings recorded for MCA as the duo K-Ci & JoJo.

When Jodeci hit big, their success inspired Richardson to form his own urban contemporary vocal group, Undacova (whose song "Love Slave" appeared on the New Jersey Drive soundtrack in 1995). Undacova (as opposed to Undacover) didn't last long, and Richardson went on to become a full-time solo artist. His first solo album, Country Boy, was released on Uptown/Universal in 1999; after that, he switched to Hollywood Records and recorded his second solo album, 2:35 PM, which came out in 2003. Richardson switched to Shanachie Records for his next three albums: 2003's When Love Comes; the 2009 tribute album Facts of Life: The Soul of Bobby Womack; and his 2010 effort, America's Most Wanted. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Track List: America's Most Wanted (Radio Single)

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Track List: America's Most Wanted/You're So Amazing (Single)

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Track List: That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha (Radio Edit) (Single)

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Track List: We Gon' Love Tonite (Single)

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Track List: You're So Amazing (Radio Edit) (CD Single)

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Track List: You're So Amazing (Radio Single)

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Nice Bio. But hey, no mention of There Goes My Baby which (if I am correct) was originally recorded by Calvin, but received blockbuster air play when covered by Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band. Gotta update that bio to include that history. Brother Calvin is The Real Deal. Peeps on a national level, had better recognize his skillz!
Ca
vin richardson
Yeah thats the way I feel about him.. sing it sing it CR...
Luv me some Calvin!
Love this song ...a Bobby Womack. Tune...
I hear ya Calvin!!! Love this song!!
You Betta Sang Cal....! Yassssz. ;)
It's alright wit me bro
Yesssss Calvin !!!������
I love some Calvin Richardson I love his voice he looks good and I bet he smells good .I would love to see him in concert
The best since slice bread
Love his music
Ooooooooo CALVIN RICHARDSON, Wow your voice is amazing baby!!!!!
This boy bad....
Lik that is his name
I have seen him live and he puts on a wonderful show. This man sings his a** off!!!
Calvin did this re
jwhitfield99 5 4
Sonya P_. Luvs Calvin Richardson, Pikeville, NC..all the way live!
Bobby Womack did it first n Best.
Love all of Calvin Richardson's music.. Real R&B....!!!!
caddison8776
Love Calvin even though he's very underrated. He's repping the Carolinas. GO CALVIN!!!
Annie Mae stay out of my business
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I love all Calvin's music!! He performed at The Hall Of Fame in Talladega 2012!! I just love him!!!
I so love this song!!!!
This song melts my heart!!! Perfect.
Love Calvin Richardson.. . f i r s t saw him on VH1 You Outta Know.
just oooooooh boy...love this!!!
I love your music and the urban soul in your voice. Real music is hard to come by and every time I hear your voice it puts my back in a comfortable place!!!! Long day I time in to Mr Calvin lol......
Keep it coming love your music !!!! Priceless
This brother can sing
Great music love it!!!!
LOVE YOUR MUSIC
Dis is one part of love romance yes da song is da bomb
He said things a woman need to here im a man said and do but I guess that not good
♥♡♥♡ THIS SONG
Calvin does a great job. Im a big fan of Bobby Womack.
Yep.
Love this song ��
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Great song!
Really like this song. Calvin sounds great on whatever he sings
Very hip and has brought love back into music.
This man! Is on,some real s**t make you wanna be in love!
Now that's good music!
Love me some Calvin! He's very underrated ! Glad I can get my dose on pandora!
Love it!!!
I love me some HIM..... I am a Calvinite for life!
I love this song I also love how Bobby Womack song this song as well ♥♥♥♥
This dude is the bomb
eunice_graha m
I just love this song!!
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