Lionel Richie Goes Country With New Album

Lionel Richie will take to the Country Music Association awards stage next month to perform some of the duets from his upcoming album. Lionel’s album, titled “Tuskegee,” was named after his Alabama birthplace.

Richie is best known for romantic ballads like “Three Times a Lady” and “Endless Love”. He will sing a country version of his hit song “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Rascal Flatts at televised annual CMA awards show on November 9.

The “Tuskegee” album, due out in March 2012, will feature 13 duets of his biggest hits, including “My Love” with Kenny Chesney, “Easy” with Willie Nelson and “Hello” with Jennifer Nettles. The singer-songwriter stated that the album was a return to his country roots.

“I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama,” Lionel Richie stated. “I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural,” the artist added.

Richie has earned five Grammys, an Oscar, and has had more than 20 top 10 hits in a career that started with Motown Records more than 40 years ago.

The “Tuskegee” album is the latest in a series of recordings that have teamed older artists with younger singers, including crooner Tony Bennett’s recent chart-topping “Duets II” release which included collaborations with Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse.

Lionel grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. His grandfather’s house was across the street from the home of the president of the college.

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