Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke is working hard to move out of his father's shadow. As the son of Canadian actor Alan Thicke from the hit '80s sitcom Growing Pains, people initially wondered if his rising success in the music world was due to the fact that his father is famous. But the younger Thicke is a white R&B/soul singer, and anybody who thinks that's an easy job in which a Canadian actor/father gets you over is crazy. Thicke started out as a songwriter, composing hit tunes for everyone from Usher and Marc Anthony to Jordan Knight earlier this decade. In 2006, he reintroduced himself to the world with the breakout album The Evolution of Robin Thicke and gained acclaim with the hit song "Lost Without You." Music lovers got to see that Thicke wasn't just some lucky pop writer or a Hollywood brat but rather a bona fide talent who should be on the soul scene for years to come. He's in town this week promoting his newest album, Something Else, and touring with Mary J. Blige. So if you're in the mood for a great R&B show, this is the place to be.

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Jonathan Cunningham