Lionel Richie has been in the music business for a long time, he was born in 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, and graduated from college with a BS in Economics while practicing music since he was very young.
His musical talent drove him to form several Rhythm & Blues bands
After making bands, in 1968 he joined the most successful group of his career, the legendary Commodores, where he took over as lead singer, pianist and saxophone playerr.
They became famous with Brick House
With the Commodores they changed labels from Atlantic to Motown Records where they became famous with the classics “Brick house“, “Machine Gun”, “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady.”
Writing songs for other musicians
Because there are talented musicians in a band, Richie started writing songs for other musicians; he wrote “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which reached a No. 1 hit in the early 1980s. After that success he wrote the song “Endless Love” as the soundtrack for the film, a song that would earn an Academy Award nomination in duet with Diana Ross.
Richie leaves the Commodores
Once he became known as an independent musician, it paved the way for him to leave the group and pursue a solo career.
His debut album is oversold four million copiesand throughout the 1980s he achieved musical success.
Academy Award winner
In 1985 he wrote and performed the song “You say, tell me”” for the soundtrack of “White Nights,” a song that earned him his first Oscar image for Best Original Song.
Lionel Richie has won four Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
In 2019, Richie joined the judges on “American Idol,” where he earned $10 million in his first season of judging on the popular show.
After all the success Lionel Richie’s net worth is valued in $200 million dollars†