You can hear 70's influences everywhere on Groovalicious. There are signs of the group Earth, Wind and Fire and Marvin Gaye in Miss Downtown Sugar Girl. There are signs of Tom Scott and the LA Express in Say What. There are also signs of singer Gary Wright's Dream Weaver in Gentle Persuasion. Other songs bring back some of the great 70's sounds of Parliament, Cameo, the Ohio Players and the Average White Band.
Chris Standring's song writing capabilities stand out in Groovalicious. Instead of 60's feeling songs that he wrote for his 2000 release Hip Sway, Standring decided to add new influences to his music to show he is trying new things. It just so happens that once the songs were written for the CD, Groovalicious had a 70's feel to it, a natural progression for Standring.
Even though Standring uses guest trumpeter Chris Botti for the track Snowfall, the main reason why Groovalicious works is the people who back Standring up. Keyboardist Rodney Lee, sax man Dino Soldo, bassist Andre Berry and drummer Dave Karasony help to bring Groovalicious that special lift. Groovalicious is Chris Standring's throwback to a era where disco was only the queen in music. Groovalicious is king.