I’ll be featuring the Idols in Manchester all week. Over the weekend, expect a recap of both shows with pictures. I’ll be linking to video along the way, but check my GoFish page frequently, I’ll be uploading all my videos in the next couple of days…
Here’s Chris Richardson performing “This Love” Saturday night in Manchester, NH
I chatted with Chris for a bit after the final show Sunday night. I asked him what was next, and he told me that he’s recently been to New York, Miami and Nashville. Specifically, he had meetings in New York, recording sessions in Miami, and meetings with songwriters in Nashville. In the meantime, he’s writing songs for Jordin Sparks, Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey. A song he co-wrote with Blake Lewis, “What You Got To Lose (and sang background vocals) is slated to be Blakes first single from his upcoming album. According to Blake, the single will be released October 31.
As far as his songwriting goes, he was pretty humble about it. When I told him I was really interested to hear what all the fuss was about his songwriting (his fellow Idols can’t stop raving about his songwriting abilities). He said, well the proof will be in the songs.
Chris has been a dynamic presence on this tour. He shared the stage with nearly every Idol in duets and group numbers, and the genres covered ran the gamut from country (“What Hurts the Most” with Jordin Sparks) to rock (the Crazy/Hey Jude medley with the guys) to hip hop and R&B (funky medley with Blake Lewis included a beatbox contest between the two of them-fun).
While Chris was often compared to Justin Timberlake, he may be the Season 6 Idol who has more up his sleeve than we’ve seen so far.
Some recent interviews with Chris: In this article with Reality Dish, Chris describes his musical style as “rock and soul.” And here’s a long hometown interview with Hampton Roads, where he talks about his songwriting, and his friendship with the producer Timbaland.