Lionel has been serenading the ladies and men alike with his distinctive voice for so long. When Adele released her single Hello, similar to Lionel’s version of “Hello / Is it me you’re looking for?” it was an unintended way to pay a compliment to Lionel’s creativity.
That shouldn’t sound surprising to someone like Lionel with his impressive discography record.
He has under his belt ten studio albums, three live albums, seven compilation albums and 42 singles, making him a man of many talents.
But what’s so remarkable about Lionel? How about we start with his longevity? A rare trait among today’s musicians.
Some of them don’t have the desire or stamina to carry on singing for 49 years and counting.
Presently he’s currently scheduled to perform his ‘All the Hits Tours’ concert with Mariah Carey in North America between July and September 2017.
His Time With Commodores
He started singing when he joined the band ‘The Commodores.’
Before that, he had won a tennis scholarship to study Economics and Accounting. He gave that all up to forge a singing career.
The Commodores was a popular soul group in the 70s known for their danceable and funky sound.
Lionel Richie in deep thought, probably pondering over lyrics, the future, and his journey so far.
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His age hasn’t been a barrier for the type of artists he’s been able to collaborate with.
Between the 1970s and 2017, he’s worked with the likes of Kenny Rogers, when he composed the 1980s single called ‘Lady.’
The song became part of Kenny Roger’s Greatest Hits album as well as a lifetime friendship that resulted because of the collaboration.
The song ‘Lady’ appeared on all four of Billboard magazine’s singles charts – country, hot 100, adult contemporary and top black singles.
The positive reviews of the song led to further collaboration with artists such as Diana Ross with Endless Love, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Akon.
A beautiful moment of father and daughter (Sofia Richie).
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The Unconfirmed Stylist
Many will be surprised at this, but following the release of late Nelson Mandela’s album in 1990, Lionel became part of a his team in California.
Richie oversaw all aspects of late Nelson Mandela’s wardrobe.
As Mandela had been away for so long, his clothes were outdated.
Lionel always had his fashionable moments.
Screaming retro vibes with his afro hair, oversized glasses, and a colourful jumper.
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Still Going Strong
He’s won four Grammys including 1985 song of the year ‘We Are The World’ co-written with Michael Jackson.
His album ‘Can’t Slow Down’ won him the title ‘Album of the Year and Producer of the Year under (Non-Classical) in 1984.
He had the opportunity to perform one of his songs “All Night Long” at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
In a youth driven market, he’s had the opportunity to headline at famous music festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, in June 2015.
It helped to solidify his relevance in today’s music industry.
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