Lionel Brockman Richie Jr is an American singer, songwriter , producer and television judge. He is one of the successful balladeers of 1980s. In 1982 he launched his solo album named-Lionel Richie.
Jr Richie was born on 20 june 1949 in Tuskege, Alabama to parents Lionel Brockman Richie Sr and Alberta R Foster. His father was s U. S Army System Analyst and mother was a teacher. Richie attended Tuskegee Institute and Joliet Township High School, East Campus in Joliet, Illinois, where he grew up. He was a star tennis player in Joliet and obtained a tennis scholarship to Tuskegee Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in economics. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honour fraternity for band members.
Personal Life & Kids
Jr Richie was married to Brenda Harvey in year 1975. In year 1983, couple adopted Nicole Camilie Escovedo when she was years old. After 18 years of marriage couple divorced in 1993. Next he was married to Diane Alexander on Dec 21, 1995 and couple have a son Miles Brockman and a daughter Sofia Richie. Their marriage ended in 2004. In 2008 and 2009 he became a grandfather of baby girl and a boy.
In mid 1960s he formed a succession of R and R groups. In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” and the breakup song “Sail On” are among of Richie’s more romantic, easy-listening ballads. Richie’s first commercial hit as a songwriter came in 1974, when he co-wrote “Happy People” with Jeffrey Bowen and Donald Baldwin. In 1980, he wrote “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which went to No. 1, and the following year, he produced Rogers’ album Share Your Love. In later years, Richie and Rogers remained a close bond. Richie performed a duet with Diana Ross for the film Endless Love’s title theme tune in 1981. Richie’s debut solo album, Lionel Richie, was released in 1982 and featured three hit singles: the U.S. number-one song “Truly,” which continued the style of his Commodores ballads and launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, and the top five hits “You Are” and “My Love.” For the film White Nights in 1985, he penned and sang “Say You, Say Me.” The song was nominated for an Academy Award and charted at No. 1 in the United States. Richie’s final commercially successful album, Dancing on the Ceiling, was released in 1986 and yielded five US and UK successes, including “Say You, Say Me” (US No. 1), “Dancing on the Ceiling” (US No. 2), “Love Will Conquer All” (US No. 9), “Ballerina Girl” (US No. 7) and “Se La.” (U.S. No. 20). Richie replaced Antoine “Fats” Domino, who had become ill, on the main stage (Acura Stage) at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2006. “Coming Home,” Richie’s eighth studio album, was released. Richie declared in May 2009 that he wanted to get The Commodores back together as soon as possible. In 2009, the album Just Go was released. Richie performed “Jesus is Love” during Michael Jackson’s memorial service on July 7, 2009. Richie returned to Australia in 2011, and toured the country and New Zealand with guest artist Guy Sebastian in March and April of that year. Richie and Guy Sebastian collaborated on Richie’s number-one single “All Night Long” in 1983 to raise money for flood relief in Australia and earthquake assistance in New Zealand. Tuskegee, Richie’s tenth studio album, was released on March 26, 2012. Richie performed in front of 100,000 to 120,000 people at the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 28, 2015. The BBC praised his performance as “triumphant.” Richie was revealed as a judge for the reboot of American Idol by ABC in September 2017. Richie announced a 33-city summer tour across North America on March 25, 2019.
Lionel Richie’s height is 1.8 m and weight around 78 kg. He has natural black hair and black eyes color.
Lionel Richie’s net worth is $200 million dollars as of year 2022. As a judge on American Idol , he also makes a lot of money. His salary was $10 million per season.