Calvin Richardson - Taking it Personally
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Calvin Richardson recalls, “The K-Ci session was like a re-union. We were in a group together at one point before the Jodeci years. Chico is very talented, so I really enjoyed working with him. Monifah took a little more effort to make that happen that than the rest but it turned out great, I’m glad we did it.”
“I’m without question R&B”
“It was a long road to my debut. The album changed hands a few times. When I first started working on it I was signed up to Uptown Records by the time it came out I was signed to Universal Records. It took three years to get the record out,” says Calvin Richardson about his Country Boy debut album.
“I grew up around singers and musicians but no real writers and that I just developed”, says Calvin Richardson.
“‘2:35’ pm was the time my son Souljah was born and I was with my girlfriend in the delivery room”, says a sincere Calvin Richardson. “I didn’t have a title for my album but his delivery became the most important thing in the world to me since there has been nothing or no one to compare to that.”
“It satisfies me to reach my goals.”
“The creative process of both Country Boy and ‘2:35p’ were very important to me as I was involved in both but even more on ‘2:35pm’ since Hollywood Record’s didn’t have a clue”, says Calvin Richardson.
His music is definitely R&B, though his vocals (at times) evokes soul.
He recorded a duet with Angie Stone on her Mahogany Soul album, he says about that, “The Angie Stone situation came about because she was bitter, because she wanted something (me) that she couldn’t have. So she re-recorded the song with Joe out of spite ultimately to have it backfire in her face.” a rather bitter reaction.
“Most of my lyrics are about either present or past experiences of mine”, on song writing.
Calvin Richardson currently says what he enjoys doing most outside his music “Motorcycles is my escape now my four year old is riding and I love it. “I try not to listen to other artists during my recording process it has a way of influencing your work.”
He told me what he was doing during his second album, “I started recording my second album for Hollywood Records, in April 2004. Babyface was executive producer and we wrote some great songs for that album before I decided leaving the label was best for me.”
He has an eye on posterity, “I would like to be remembered as the number one artist of my time who brought back the movement of real music.”
A confident response, he expresses what his fans can expect from him. “Expect me to keep doing what I’ve always done but more just making real music for the world and most important my fans and potential fans that appreciate it. Like it or not ‘C. Rich is BACK!’”
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