Calvin Richardson Traces His K-Ci Connection

Jodeci's K-Ci Hailey is back on the airwaves with a vocal appearance on the new single from R&B's modern urban cowboy, Calvin Richardson.

The two duet on a song called "I'll Take Her" from Richardson's debut album, "Country Boy," which was released last year. The song is simply an organic mixture of two old friends who grew up together in Monroe, North Carolina, as Calvin explained in an interview with the MTV Radio Network.

"I grew up with K-Ci & JoJo in the singing game," Calvin said of his relationship with the brothers Hailey. "Actually, we kinda met in high school. They had moved away to Baltimore when they was younger, and they came back freshman year in high school. And we hooked up there and we been down ever since."

"We

actually had a group together," Richardson said. "It was actually K-Ci's group, and I joined the group and we sang for a number of years together before they did the Jodeci thing." [RealAudio]

The group was known as Little Cedric & The Hailey Singers. (Cedric is K-Ci's given name.)

Calvin's new single, "I'll Take Her," featuring his friend K-Ci, can be found on Richardson's debut album, "Country Boy," which also features contributions from Monifah, Naughty By Nature's Kay Gee, and Chico DeBarge, and is in stores now.