Remember a time when you could turn on the radio and actually hear real singing at any time of day on most stations? Sadly, those days are gone thanks to corporate greed and general public apathy. But thankfully there are still true artists who exist to bring good music back to the forefront by any means necessary. One such artist who is trying to bring singing back is Calvin Richardson. He has returned to the music scene after a five-year break with a new album and a new outlook but with the same soulful sound you remember.
Calvin released his latest album, When Love Comes, this past May and it marked his debut on independent label Shanachie Records after years of bouncing around on the majors. His time away from the music scene served him well because he returned with a solid offering with When Love Comes. His Southern-fried swagger is intact alongside his gospel choir-ready voice on the disc.
In this edition of Behind the Groove, Calvin Richardson discusses leaving the major labels behind, tells me why his album needs to be in everyone's collection, shares his desire to make soul music commercial again and gives advice to aspiring artists (hint: don't give up and give him a holla).
Music from When Love Comes played during the interview: "Sang No More" and "Sexy Love.