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Calvin Richardson - America's Most Wanted


The new release by Calvin Richardson ("The Soul Prince") It's SOUTHERN SOUL, it's R&B, it's FUNK, it's NU SOUL, it's CLASSIC SOUL (all rolled into one)


Calvin Richradson - America's Most Wanted, broadcast in it's entirity. Hosted by "Nightrain" and co-hosted by Gerald Alston (of the Manhattans)





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Calvin Richardson is one of my favorite artists on today's music scene. That's because he seems to be one of the few artists who is able to accomplish the impossible with his music.

He's literally a "bridge" between Bobby Womack, Sam Cooke, Latimore, Jodeci, D'Angelo, R Kelly, Trez Songz and more.

As you all know I have been featuring him & his music quite a bit both here on Soul-Patrol.com and on RadioIO.com. Over on RadioIO Calvin Richardson is one of the few artists who I play on the Nu Soul, Blues, Today's RnB and RnB Mix channels!!!

Scroll down and check the Soul-Patrol album review of "America's Most Wanted," along with the official press release. We also have an internet radio broadcast for you to listen to featuring the album "America's Most Wanted" for you to listen to while you read. If you listen to the braodcast, immediatly following it you can also hear our special broadcast of Calvin's previous album Facts Of Life: The Soul Of Bobby Womack Please enjoy and share...

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Calvin Richradson - America's Most Wanted, broadcast in it's entirity. Hosted by "Nightrain" and co-hosted by Gerald Alston (of the Manhattans)


Album Review: Calvin Richradson - America's Most Wanted

Album Review: Calvin Richradson - Americas Most WantedWell suh...I'm going to start the way I should end by telling you to take a lil trip on over to yo Amazon or Itunes wrecka stowe and cop this chumpie. Not so much because it's MEAN or anything. That's not the point. I'm feeling this way because of the quality of diversity presented within the notes of the compositions created by this man.

"The name of the album is America's Most Wanted and it's by Calvin Richardson"

After one play I was ambivalent if not downright undecided bout this cat. I made sure I did it 'naked'. By naked I mean I didn't read, research or 'preview' this artist in any way. I wanted to both listen to AND hear the music and the artist's interpretation of same.

Immediately I notice that Mr. Richardson writes and produces well. He also has a lot of time-honored hooks that galvanize his music. For the uninitiated, a hook is a musical aspect of a tune that is used to bring you in. It attracts you and often is the thing that holds a tune together. Good writers with an ear for commercial success usually utilize hooks because they sell the song all by themselves.

Calvin Richardson has and uses a lot of em. Hook examples are...

--The guitar intro to It's A Shame by the Spinners
--The intro to With A Child's Heart by Stevie Wonder
--The La La part at the end of Hey Jude
--The Whispers are just one huge hook unto themselves.

Anytime you can readily sing a certain part of a tune you can bet it's a hook. That playful line that is the 'chorus' of Them Changes is a HUGE hook.


Ok now that's out the way I'm going to say that America's Most Wanted has Calvin Richardson sounding like a LOT of folk. I'm hearing D'Angelo, Tre Williams, Bobby Womack, Sam Cooke and even R.Kelly. All of that is wrapped up and sealed with a neo-soul kiss. My man's attempts at gut bucket soul as well as a certain affinity for and appreciation of the 'hook' are his selling points.


The neo-soul stuff almost steals the thunder. I'm going to bet that live there are the perfunctory twist/dredded men and women peopling the audience and in the band. No suits or anyone really sharply dressed. The fact that he can flat out sing the hell out of tune is obvious but neo-soul often suffers from it's need to be new and fresh and ironically NOTHING like what it's trying so hard to be like.

There's an arrogance that says:' I got this all by myself'. Well so did everyone else but if you've listened and 'heard' anything it's safe to say that some or part of much of what is heard remains somewhere in your subconscious because it was good. If it wasn't good then he wouldn't be where he is because he'd have nothing from which to create. There's a muse of some sort for us all. Let's take a look at the playlist.

America's Most Wanted- clever play on and a reversal of the notion of criminality/outlaw replaced with the love of your life. If you were mine we'd be America's Most Wanted. Not JUST you or me but us together. Mid-tempo funk with a heavy Hammond B3 making this a nice gospel-ly sort of thing.

Never Do You Wrong - the vagaries of fidelity in a relationship. Not one of my knockouts musically but might be a hit on somebody else.

Oh, I need to mention that this young brother writes for many artists and what he writes have become hits. The biggest I can mention here is There Goes My Baby-Charlie Wilson. That's what I mean by the neo-soul stuff being his undoing. He doesn't bring that star quality and charisma because neo-soul cats don't automatically come that way. But Uncle Cholly will work a lyric to death and minimize everything else so he can shine....ok back to the playlist

Feels Like Sexin - an almost chord for chord-ripoff/progression of the R-uhs' Step In The Name Of Love. It's not as solid but it's actually groovier. Similar sort of skip-to-my-lou lyrics. It reeks of Marvin Gaye and line dancing and all that is associated. So that means that it's an old head thing. Nice

Thug Livin - Bobby Womack feeling ode to the thug life.

Come Over - another old haid blueser. Lots of angst, loneliness and growling. Feels Otis-y but sounds much like Womack again. Old time r&b 6/8 gospel-doo-wop-ish guitar line is the hook that carries the tune. Nice

You Possess My Body - Sexual Healing all over again complete with the softly-seductive-breeze-veils and ocean imagery. All Caribbean calypso but soft...easy baby. Think Janet's Anytime Anyplace but much more hypnotic. Y'all can go head and do it to this..cause the steam is subtle. Then he Eric Benets it for you.Ok you got it? Hooks like so many raindrops all over the place..be they vocal or instrumental.

Reach Out - another heavy breather. Less subtle that the previous tune. This one's got breathy sighs and whatnot written right into the lyric. Whatever was left to your own imagination in Possess My Body' is brought front and center for your pornographic voyeuristic pleasure here. Not a bad tune though.

Adore You - D'Angelo/Tres Songz kind of thing. Well maybe Tres Songz is a stretch. Let's put it this way: Gerald Levert would've eaten this for lunch and had a good belch afterward. I mean he'd have torn this UP. The thing is that Calvin can sing his ass off but many of these songs need the hand of an experienced crooner at the helm.

Monday Morning - D'Angelo meets Bobby Womack-grilled to perfection and served over a bed of quirky unusual 6/8 gospel blues.
Real nice urging soul wrenching tune. Talks about the Monday AFTER one of THOSE weekends...you know you just don't feel like that shit today. I like this one.

That's it. Cop, give this cat a lil play or go to his website and just listen. Overall its a great effort and I can safely say because of both his songwriting and producing prowess that the future of the culture through music like this is in good hands

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Calvin Richradson - America's Most Wanted, broadcast in it's entirity. Hosted by "Nightrain" and co-hosted by Gerald Alston (of the Manhattans)


Press Release: Calvin Richardson Is America's Most Wanted Soul Man

Press Release: Calvin Richardson Is America's Most Wanted Soul ManEDITORS NOTE: I am really pleased to be able to share the news of CALVIN RICHARDSON'S NEW RELEASE CALLED "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" with you all today. Calvin's proven to be quite a popular artist here on Soul-Patrol and on RadioIO.com, for good reason. He is one of the few "mainstream artists" out thre today who isn't afraid to do H-A-R-C-O-R-E S-O-U-L!!! He's going against the grain, he's winning and we are quite happy to support him in that quest. I've listened to "America's Most Wanted" and I love it. Check out the links and give it up for Calvin!!! (Bob Davis)

"Calvin Richardson is one of the most talented artists in the business." - Charlie Wilson

Whether categorized as "retro-soul," neo-soul or simply soul, the decade-plus trend of resurgent soul music has only accelerated recently. Artists as diverse as Janelle Monet (doing a James Brown homage on David Letterman), Raphael Saddiq (who evoked Motown on his most recent album), Leela James, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Raheem DeVaughn, Amy Winehouse and more have ridden the soul bandwagon. For Calvin Richardson, affectionately dubbed The Soul Prince, soul music is more than a trend or even a musical style; it is a set of values that he has been living since even before his debut release in 1999. He translates the essence of soul music into a contemporary context and consistently brings the music to the people via constant touring with a full band. His persistence seems to be paying off. In the past year he has seen his classic soul composition "There Goes My Baby," collaboration with Babyface, become one of the biggest R&B hits of the year, thanks to Charlie Wilson's great version. On June 25 2010, Calvin received an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award for writing and publishing the song which topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Music Charts in 2009. Calvin Richardson also scored two Grammy nominations for his last album, Facts Of Life, his heartfelt tribute to one of soul music's greatest creators, Bobby Womack, an honor topped only by a personal benediction from Mr. Womack himself. With the release of his new album, American's Most Wanted, by Shanachie Entertainment and his own Numo Records on August 31, 2010, Calvin Richardson is poised for the breakthrough many have been predicting.

American's Most Wanted is a straight-forward assertion of soul music with no gimmicks-great songs beautifully sung, top-flight musicianship, much of it live in the studio, devoid of samples-that represents Calvin coming into his own as songwriter, singer and producer.

"This album is all original," notes Calvin, "and as always I write about things that are important to me, that I deal with directly or indirectly on a day-to-day basis. I think the major difference on this album is that I continue to grow as a producer as well as a writer. I paid closer attention to not only lyrics but the melodic structure. This one definitely says a lot about the space I was in when I was recording and this time I was in a beautiful place in life."

The album's title track, for instance, lays out a scenario of a man and a woman who come from very different stations in life and yet through love can build a wonderful relationship. Indeed the power of love is a recurring theme on such songs as "Adore You," "You're So Amazing" (the first single), "Never Do You Wrong" and "Reach Out."

"Adore You," Calvin explains, "was inspired by my 17 year-old daughter. She has the most beautiful spirit and is so sweet and loving. She was over for the weekend and before going to bed she came in my writing room and the words just fell out of the sky. "You're So Amazing" is basically about that one person in your life that everyone either has had or will encounter and fall in love with and even if life takes you in extremely different directions you will always love them unconditionally and no one will ever take their space in your life and heart."

Although the theme of love is explored on American's Most Wanted, which was recorded mostly in New York and Los Angeles, not all of the songs revolve around this topic. The sensual side of life is expressed on songs such as "You Posses My Body" and "Sexin When We Dancin" and wider messages are explored on songs such as "Monday Morning" and "Thug Livin." The latter song shows a young man at a cross-roads, tired of the destructive "street" lifestyle and ready to make a change-a real-world dilemma experienced by large numbers of young men in urban America. "Come Over" shows a more vulnerable side of The Soul Prince.

"I love 'Come Over' so much," Calvin says, "because it really put me out there in the sense that it kind of opens the door to how I spend the other 80% of my life, which is alone. Because I'm an entertainer I get love from so many people so no one would think that when I go home it's to an empty house. Sometimes nothing else will do but that one individual, if you know what I mean."

Calvin Richardson came by his soulful style honestly. Born in Monroe, North Carolina, the fifth of nine children, Calvin had a strong musical upbringing. His mother sang in the local gospel group, The Willing Wonders, and he sang with them as a youth but he was able to listen to secular soul music and funk and was particularly inspired by Bobby Womack, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway. Singing on the gospel circuit, he met and became friends with Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey and Joel "Jo Jo "Hailey, who went on to form the hit-making group Jodeci in the early Nineties. Calvin was inspired by their success to form the urban contemporary vocal group Undacova, whose song "Love Slave" was included in the New Jersey Drive soundtrack in 1995. When Undacova folded, Calvin launched a solo career that resulted in his debut solo album Country Boy on Uptown/Universal Records in 1999. Despite strong material, including a great cover of Womack's "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much," the album failed to sell, possibly due to confusion engendered by the album's title. While Calvin was working on this follow-up, Angie Stone heard a demo of his song "More Than A Woman" and invited him to duet with her on a version of the song for her album Mahogany Soul. A second album for Universal was shelved before release but Calvin's album 2:35PM, named after the time one of his children was born, was released by Hollywood Records in 2003. The album went on to sell 250,000 copies without a breakthrough hit. Though lumped in with the neo-soul trend, 2:35PM revealed Calvin as an authentic soul singer bringing a classic vocal style to a contemporary production sound. 2008 saw the release of Calvin's Shanachie Entertainment/Numo Records album When Love Comes, with its single "Sang No More" hitting the Urban AC charts. 2009 brought success via Charlie Wilson's hit rendition of Calvin's co-write with Babyface, "There Goes My Baby" and with Facts Of Life, his powerful live-in-the-studio tribute to Bobby Womack that garnered two Grammy nominations, one of which was for his duet with Sounds Of Blackness powerhouse Ann Nesby.

"I didn't give myself the name or title 'The Soul Prince'" Calvin notes, "but that I am. I don't actually know where it started but some things just happen and it's a title not easy to live up to. I exist wherever there's Soul music i.e. R & B, blues, gospel and southern Soul. I earned the title and I'm not giving it up. I think soul music has taken its place and probably will never be the front runner as far as the industry is concerned but it's alive and well. As long as I'm around it won't break down. I see myself as the keeper of Soul music so I live a very soul-filled life!"
Calvin Richardson - American's Most Wanted

Calvin Richradson - America's Most Wanted


The new release by Calvin Richardson ("The Soul Prince") It's SOUTHERN SOUL, it's R&B, it's FUNK, it's NU SOUL, it's CLASSIC SOUL (all rolled into one)


Calvin Richradson - America's Most Wanted, broadcast in it's entirity. Hosted by "Nightrain" and co-hosted by Gerald Alston (of the Manhattans)


 

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