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Robin Thicke at Sound Board, 5 things to know – The Oakland Press

Robin Thicke is best known these days as one of the genius and usually awestruck judges on the TV show “The Masked Singer.” But fans of the show might not realize it’s part of a career spanning more than two decades that includes platinum sales, Grammy nominations, and even a bit of controversy.

The son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring, Thicke, 45, has released eight studio albums since 2003 and scored a dozen Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart. He topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, collaborating with Pharrell Williams and TI on ‘Blurred Lines’, but the two were found guilty of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up’, paying $5.3 million dollars to the heirs of the great Motown. He also appeared on songs by Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Kenny G, Flo Rida, Pitbull and others.

Thicke’s latest album, 2021’s “On Earth, and in Heaven,” was his first in seven years and one of his most personal, featuring songs inspired by the 2016 deaths of his father and mentor/creative partner. Andre Harrell in 2020. produced and co-wrote all but one of the set’s 10 tracks – including lead single “That’s What Love Can Do”, which was first released in March 2019…

* Thicke says over the phone from Los Angeles that the loss of his father and Harrell – whom he calls “my connection to everything there” – weighed heavily while working on the album ‘On Earth, and in Heaven». “I really needed to feel the emotions of losing both my father and Andrew and entering a new part of adulthood without them – without their guidance, without their knowledge. And I really wanted to explore my feelings for April (Geary, his fiancée and mother of their three children) and my children and my mother. When I lost them and had four children, the reality of having to grow up set in and to be the patriarch that my father was or even the mentor of other young artists that André was for me. I had to accept this torch and be less self-centered and really more generous.

  • Being back on the road has been a special joy, says Thicke. “It’s so wonderful, honestly. I appreciate it more than ever and I am more free than I have ever been thanks to free time. The pressure is gone. I just have to get up there and let go. I don’t go to clubs anymore. I’m a family man, and I write from home, I do “The Masked Singer” and other TV stuff here and there, and that’s it. So being back on stage, man, I can let it go. It is the place where I am completely free.
  • Thicke says he had an early idea that “The Masked Singer,” which debuted Jan. 2, 2019, on Fox, would be the hit it became. “It’s always a 50-50 with this stuff. When we finished the first season and T-Pain took off the monster costume and we were all shocked, we were all like, “This could work, man. It could work. I love the show, and at the end of the day, we’re just trying to make good TV, man.
  • So what kind of costume would Thicke want if he was a “Masked Singer” contestant? “Oh, man, I’ve been asked a million times. I don’t know. There’s been so many crazy costumes, and they’re thinking about more. I think I’m just happy to be a judge. bursts. “
  • An interesting note in Thicke’s career is that he was supposed to be the opening act for Michael Jackson’s This Is It concerts in London, from July 2009, which was canceled by his death just 18 days before. opening night. “It was so long ago that I don’t even know what the setlist for that would have been. But, yeah, my whole family was going to fly to London to see us at 01. I remember there was a sung (Jackson) song that I wrote with Walter Afanasieff called ‘Fall Again’ that was on his (‘The Ultimate Collection’) album, and that’s me singing in the background (vocals) We wrote this before my debut album came out, but (Jackson) knew me and my songwriting well, I had heard he was a big fan of my debut album (2002) ‘A Beautiful World’ These shows would have been amazing.

Robin Thicke performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. 313-309-4700 or soundboarddetroit.com.