“CONNECTED” was formed in 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Richie Goods and Chien Chien had frequent conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement and the unwarranted hate crimes against Asians. They decided to do a project that would unify people and invoke imagery of love and peace. As often happens, music was the catalyst that bridged the gap and resulted in a rare collaboration; a partnership that produced “The Path” Sep. 2020, “We Three Kings” Nov. 2020, and “Rain” Dec. 2021. They decided to cement their musical relationship by creating “CONNECTED”, Together, Richie and Chien Chien create an exciting, new, energetic listening experience and attract new audiences everywhere. Their new release, “Richie Goods & Chien Chien – CONNECTED” was released January 13 2023 and has been on the jazz week charts for 12 weeks.
Crazy as it seems, somehow during the shutdown we felt more free and inspired to create. Through all the chaos and violence, we wanted to do a project that would unify people and invoke imagery of love and peace. We realized one of our pieces, Donnie Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” does just that. It speaks of freedom and balance.
We believe we all share one energy, one connection.
XOXO, Richie & Chien
“Rarely does an album come about that defines an era but Connected is one such album. As Billie Holiday gave us Strange Fruit and Gil Scott Heron gave us Small Talk at 125th & Lenox, Richie Goods and Chien Chien’s Connected is a musical historical landmark for our time.” — Andromeda Turre (Sirius Xm real jazz host)