Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and R&B recording artist, Calvin Richardson, is set to release his first studio album in four years, “I Am Calvin” September 30th on BMG/Primary Wave. The first single is entitled “We Gon’ Love Tonight” and the song is a great preview of the sexy, smooth vibe that the entire album delivers. The “Prince of Soul” has been in the studio working closely with R&B/Soul veteran Eric Benet, who executive produced the new album and the music that they’ve created together has hints of some of Richardson’s biggest influences such as Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and K-Ci and Jojo.
“R&B singer Calvin Richardson returns to the spotlight after a four-year hiatus. And we couldn’t be happier he’s back and armed with the old-school soul-infused track, “We Gon’ Love Tonite,” – ESSENCE
Born and raised in Monroe North Carolina, Calvin Richardson had a very musical upbringing, singing in his mother’s local gospel group as a young boy. He later broke onto the music scene as part of the R&B group Undacova, but then went on to launch his solo career in 1999 with the release of his gritty, neo-soul debut solo album Country Boy, which sold over 100,000 units. In 2003, Richardson released his sophomore album “2:35”, which he named after his child’s time of birth and then later also released the US R&B chart topping album, When Love Comes (2008), and the Grammy nominated tribute album to Bobby Womack, Facts of Life: The Soul of Bobby Womack (2009), which coincided with Womack being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as America’s Most Wanted (2010). As a songwriter, Richardson co-wrote Charlie Wilson’s 2009 Grammy nominated song, “There Goes My Baby” along with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Daryl Simmons. The soul singer-songwriter has also collaborated with artists such as Angie Stone, Raphael Saadiq, Chico DeBarge, Claudette Ortiz, K-Ci and JoJo, among many others. Now, Richardson is the first artist to release an album on the recently launched new label venture between BMG and Primary Wave Music with “I Am Calvin.”
The entire “I Am Calvin” album is credited to just three producers: Eric Benét, Demont Posey and Jonathan Richmond; Richardson purposely chose to limit the number of producers on the album for consistencies sake. Reflecting back on his debut album, Richardson says:
“It had a lot of different producers, but no real direction,” says Richardson. “The only thing that was consistent on the album was me. I was the one that tied it together and I don’t mean that in the way that it may come off, but I mean my sound [that] I had…”
In addition to the release of “I Am Calvin”, Richardson is excited to announce the upcoming launch of his syndicated radio show “Calvin Richardson’s Soul Party.” The show is produced and syndicated by SRT Syndication (A Division of SRT Entertainment) and will launch in Fall 2014 airing in several states, including but not limited to: Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida.
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