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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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Selected Discography

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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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Bobby is smiling cause you singing his message to a new generation.. . . t i m e l e s s wisdom
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Bobby would appreciate you carrying on his tradition
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brian31514
you leave bobby womack's songs a lone. you cannot improve on perfection. nice impersonatio n !
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it took me 2months to find out sung tonite we gone my favorite .love him
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I love that song and u can sing to me all the time
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Nice, very nice.
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This is music. ..his voice tho!!!
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A real artist. Mainstream radio just don't get real soul music.this brother can sang!!
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Hey i just recognized your sound with the song your so amazing. Hey you go amazing yourself.
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Loving all the songs mmmm......
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Alryt now!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! t h a t s not easy to work vocals like yours singing bobby womack. I am impressed more please!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Calvin as Bobby much luv my brother
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BOBBY IS SMILING DOWN AT YOU FROM HEAVEN CALVIN....TH A T S THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT IT
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nrivers16
Thought this waz Bobby Womack Sing the song C.R.
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Amen to this song d business
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loving this....has that gritty soulful sound of Urban Mystic!!!
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candythecoug a r
This guy can sing and how I wish they played him more on mainstream radio!
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goodmancw75
To be honest, I never gave dude much of a chance, but What Would I Do is the business. I'm sold! Dude is on it.... I have to check out his collection now.
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YES YES!! :-)
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He's the BOMB!
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Don't know much of this brother but i bet. Bobby smiling
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This guy is so amazing! They need to play more of him to give him the exposure he deserves.
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I just love this song
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SO CUTE CALVIN RICHARDSON I LOVE THAT SONG SO MUCH
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My favorite song by Calvin Richardson √+
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lilmapau
You r a handsome guy!!@ stick wit it...we love u!
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Calvin you got on
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Love this song
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Calvin Richardson is the Best neo/soul/R&B Going Right now to me Stick
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Calvin Richardson is a man all on his own blessed with this voice
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sounds like a D'Angelo joint.
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Just love me some Calvin Richardson, I'm only 32 but this the type of music I love. Makes me believe in being in love and loving someone genuinely
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Calvin Richardson is the man I love his music
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Heard your song She's Hurting on another station & fell in love with your music just recently...d o w n loaded your station immediately! ! ! ! I ' m Lovin It
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Talk to me
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lmayes2010
nice
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Think it ova...that's why feel about u...
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It's so good to read about somebody from North Carolina to make it in life..Thank you
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So sweet! Much love Calvin!
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Bobby Womack lives on through Calvin....lo v e him
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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!
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Ca
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Yeah thats the way I feel about him.. sing it sing it CR...
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Luv me some Calvin!
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Love this song ...a Bobby Womack. Tune...
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I hear ya Calvin!!! Love this song!!
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You Betta Sang Cal....! Yassssz. ;)
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It's alright wit me bro
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Yesssss Calvin !!!������
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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
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