KANNAPOLIS — Multiple Grammy nominee Calvin Richardson was honored with an expanded exhibit at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Thursday.
At a special VIP event, Richardson spoke with Soul Cafe Radio’s Chris Clay before addressing questions from guests at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis. His expanded exhibit was then revealed to him and the public.
“Aw, man, I had so many emotions,” Richardson said. “I was happy; I was excited; just really emotional about it because when I first did this, I had a case like that with a couple of awards and a couple of pictures, I didn’t know, but now we had the opportunity to step it up, and they showed me so much support and so much love around here, and when I seen it, I was like, ‘Whoa, they did an amazing job.’”
Richardson grew up in Monroe as the fifth of nine children. He began his music career in the mid-1990s and most recently released his eighth studio album, “Gold Dust,” in October.
He also released his first book, “Do You, Without Them,” earlier that year. His book was near the top of the charts on Amazon last year, and he has plans to do more in the future, saying he intentionally left things out because he has so many stories to tell.
But, as he said, this community has been very supportive of him from the beginning of his career, and he always wants to give back as much as he can. That’s why he took the time Thursday afternoon to visit Levine Children’s Hospital to hand out teddy bears to children and pay his respects to the hospital employees who support the children during their time of need.
“It really made my day, seriously,” he said. “Like, this was great, tonight was great for me, you know, being here in the Hall of Fame and unveiling my exhibit, but being there and spending time with those kids and being around them really, really made my day.”
Richardson was also in town for a concert Friday night, where he headlined the “Blues is Alright” concert at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte.
He said he doesn’t have any plans yet to go on tour again, but didn’t completely shut down the idea when Clay asked him about it during the interview portion.
But this was a special night for him, he said. This is where his career started, and he enjoys getting to spend time with his fans and those who supported him along the way when he can.
“It’s everything, man,” he said. “When you can come home and be recognized for what I’ve done abroad, and I’ve done a lot, even when I was here.
“But I’ve had to obviously leave to build my career, and so to come home, man, and just be embraced, and to be able to come home and have concerts and walk down the streets and people want to, you know, stop me, take a picture or whatever, it really means a lot, it’s everything.”