It’s quite rare that we get to see a legendary R&B singer like this play live concerts. Not only are we going to be treated to the Lionel Richie tour 2017, he is also going to be bringing along Mariah Carey with them, so it’s a 2-for-1 treat of amazing legendary singers. The first show of the new year will be happening on March 15, 2017 in Baltimore Maryland at the Royal Farms Arena. After that both Lionel and Mariah will be stopping by many more destinations. These are cities like Newark New Jersey, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, St. Paul Minnesota, Chicago Illinois, Toronto Canada, New York, Cleveland Ohio, and many more dates. Make sure that you check out the show before May 27, 2017 because that is their final date in Sunrise Florida.
Not only is Lionel Richie a world-famous R&B and soul singer, he is also an actor, a songwriter, and a record producer. He has been singing for an extremely long time. The first rose to fame as a member of the Commodores back in 1968. It might be hard to believe but he is one of the top selling musicians of all time. So far his career he has managed to sell more than 100 million records. You might not think it of this amazing singer, but he is actually also a talented athlete. Back in his high school days he was a competitive tennis player, and he even attended college with a full ride tennis scholarship. Although he did not complete his studies, it still goes to show what a talented man he is even in physical endeavors.
Earlier in his career in the 1960s, he formed several different R&B groups. It took a while, but in 1968 he finally put together the world-famous Commodores, and even managed to get the group signed to Atlantic records. After they released one album with Atlantic, they moved over to Motown records and hit the road with the world-famous Jackson five. Thanks to going out on the road with that group, they rose to worldwide fame as a talented soul group. Initially there music had a funky sound that was easy to dance to, but as time went on Lionel Richie began to write more easy to listen to songs like his tracks still, easy, and three times a lady.
With an established career he began writing songs for other artists in the 1970s. One example is the number one hit song called lady that he wrote for Kenny Rogers. Soon after this in 1981 in a duet with Diana Ross they put out the song for the film endless love which managed to top the charts in all kinds of countries like the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and Australia. This is one of the biggest successes that Motown ever had. In the USA alone they managed to sell over 2 million copies. That makes it a certified platinum single. It was at this point that the main man of the Lionel Richie tour 2017 went out onto his own to pursue a solo career.
In more recent years on a Richie has continued to perform and release music. In 2012 he put out his album Tuskegee which is his 10th release overall. All of the tracks on this album are duets with some of the biggest country stars around right now such as Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, as well as Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain. This is one of his more recent successes after several albums that only received a lukewarm response in the USA. It was the first time in over 25 years that he managed to have an album hit the number one position on the Billboard top 200 charts. Another feat that this album managed to accomplish was going platinum in just six weeks after it had been released.