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.
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 & Jo Jo, and R. 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.
After years of comparisons to classic soul crooner Bobby Womack, Richardson chose to embrace the comparisons and record a tribute album to Womack.
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and R&B recording artist who released the album I Am Calvin featuring the single "We Gon' Love Tonight" in 2014, his first album in 4 years.
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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.