His Story

Calvin Richardson came by his soulful style honestly. Born in Monroe, North Carolina, the fifth of nine children, Calvin had a strong musical upbringing.

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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.

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When Undacova folded, Calvin launched a solo career that resulted in his debut solo album Country Boy on Uptown/Universal Records in 1999. The album included a great cover of Bobby Womack’s “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much.”

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. In 2003, Calvin’s album 2:35PM, named after the time one of his children was born, was released by Hollywood Records. 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.”

"pure soul music is alive and well and the Soul Prince is carrying it forward to where it needs to be."

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The same year Richardson paid homage to one of his greatest influences 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.  2010 saw the release of America’s Most Wanted and I Am Calvin followed in 2014. With the release of All Or Nothing it is clear that pure soul music is alive and well and the Soul Prince is carrying it forward to where it needs to be.

Questions Provided by Shane Ramsey

SwaggNation: "The Prince of Soul" Mr. Calvin Richardson. You have had a lot of successful tracks, do you know it’s a hit after the studio or do let it go and see how it does?


Calvin Richardson: I have my opinion about every song I’ve ever made but, that doesn’t determine if it’s a hit or not, the people decides that.


SwaggNation: You capture a lot of emotion in your songs. Do you write to the music or do you have the lyrics already down?


Calvin Richardson: It comes when it comes but there’s no particular formula. Sometimes I’m inspired by the music and sometimes the music is inspired by the lyrics/melody.


SwaggNation: Anything coming up that you would like to share with us?


Calvin Richardson: I have a book that I wrote. That outlines how I found success titled 'Do You Without Them' coming in 2019.



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SwaggNation: Who are your inspirations?


Calvin Richardson: Success is my biggest inspiration! It's great motivation to keep working.

SwaggNation: What is your favorite part about being a musician? Writing, recording, or performing?


Calvin Richardson: Performing and interacting with the people. That's my favorite.


SwaggNation: How long have you been performing?


Calvin Richardson: I’ve been singing since I was four.

I didn’t start performing until I was in my twenties.



SwaggNation: What Path has the industry taken you in?


Calvin Richardson: It’s taken me places I never thought I would be able to go.



SwaggNation: Any Last words Mr. Richardson.


Calvin Richardson: Thank you to everyone who appreciates old school/real music and supports the artist who create it.


"I am Calvin Richardson, you either love me or you love me but, ain’t nobody like me!"


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