Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr.
June 20, 1949 (age 62)Tuskegee, Alabama,United States
Soul, R&B, pop, pop rock
Singer-songwriter,instrumentalist, record producer, actor
Vocals, piano/keyboards, saxophone
Island, MCA, Motown
Diana Ross, Commodores,Nicole Richie, Alabama (band), Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross,Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, USA for Africa, Jason Derulo,Natasha Bedingfield
BORN: June 20, 1949, Tuskegee, ALYou can comb the incredible statistics surrounding Lionel Richie's amazing career and still miss something. You can factor in the nearly 60 million albums sold, the five Grammy's, twenty two top ten hits, an Oscar for best song, a golden globe, a treasure chest of People's choice and American Music Awards too numerous to count, and a discography of albums and singles that navigate an emotional landscape that only few writer/performers have ever truly captured-- and still not see what may be the key to this incredible musical legacy.That the real story behind Lionel Richie is quintessentially an American one.Raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, he has built a life out of doing precisely what people presumed he could not. "Growing up if you told me to go left, I would go right," laughs Lionel. "If you brought me into a room and said there's one door that I absolutely cannot open, that's the door I'm going to open." And just like the legends he admires, from Sinatra to Santana, Lionel knows what it's like to hear a door close, as well. He's survived the rollercoaster ride of the music business by refusing to let others define him. The Lionel Richie story has always been about making that leap of faith with no net.Now, as Richie begins his fourth decade of making music, that metaphor is more than appropriate for his soon to be released album Renaissance. Collaborating with renowned producers Walter Afanasieff, Rodney Jerkins (who has produced superstars Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Brandy, among others) and British producer Brian Rawling (Cher, Enrique Iglesias, among others) and Mark Taylor, Lionel has come to realize the new album reflects his indomitable curiosity... [ادامه]