Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American R&B singer, songwriter, composer, producer and occasional actor.
His fame began when he was the frontman for the Commodores, a nationally popular Motown band during the 1970s. They had several hits such as “Easy”, “Three Times A Lady”, and “Brick House”. Richie left the Commodores in 1981 for a solo career, becoming one of the most successful artists of the Eighties with five number 1 hits and thirteen consecutive Top 10 hits in the U.S.
In November 2005, Lionel Richie performed with Kenny Rogers on a CMT Crossroads special. The show gave an informative insight into their friendship both in and out of the music world. Richie was also the headliner at a 2006 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Richie released his eighth studio album entitled “Coming Home” on September 12, 2006. The first single of the album was “I Call It Love” and was premiered in July 2006, becaming his US biggest hit in ten years. The album was an incredible success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6. His adopted daughter Nicole Richie stars in the video for this track.