Robin Thicke says his current situation feels like “a little bit of redemption after all of the suffering.”
The 29-year-son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring (who’s also a singer) is in a spot he’s always dreamed of. His sophomore album, “The Evolution of Robin Thicke,” recently hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/ Hip-Hop chart, as well as the Top 10 of the pop chart. His single “Lost Without U” also topped the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and is making its way up the Hot 100.
But his comes after the commercial failure of his 2002 debut “Cherry Blue Skies” (re-released in 2003 as “Beautiful World”) and a period when Thicke acknowledges he “was wondering if people liked me, if I was cool enough, talented enough, sexy enough and what my problem was if I wasn’t connecting with people.
“I had the whole Mariah Carey breakdown and everything,” notes Thicke, who’s written and produced hits for other artists such as Usher, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Marc Anthony, Brandy and more. “I was drinking brown liquor for breakfast, y’know?”
Not surprisingly, the success of “The Evolution ...” has changed his attitude considerably.
Thicke is now looking forward to more singles and a year of heavy touring, although he’s also written enough songs for half of his next album and hopes to maintain “a balance between performing and being in the studio.”
“I really feel like I’m reborn — like I’m having a comeback, but I was never there,” Thicke, who’s married to actress Paula Patton, says with a laugh. I’m on my second album, but I still feel like a brand new artist. It’s an overnight success, you know? It’s like a comeback for somebody who just arrived.”
Robin Thicke performs at 8 p.m. Monday (March 5) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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