This popular citizen of America is a complete package. Lionel Richie is an Actor, a singer, a songwriter, and a record producer. Popularly known for his heart touching and melodious voice, Lionel Brockman Richie Junior, better known as Lionel Richie is one of the favorite artists of all those people who have ever been in love. Let us know more about the life, career and net worth of Lionel Richie in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Born on 20th June 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama in the United States, Lionel Richie was an excellent tennis player since childhood which also resulted in him getting a scholarship to The Tuskegee Institute. Lionel went to The East Campus of Joliet Township High School after he has completed his school education.
Lionel’s choice of making a career in music was a tough one for him, but music not only bought him recognition but made him a world-famous celebrity. This 69-year-old celeb is an active member of The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and also a band member of a national band known as the Kappa Kappa Psi.
Lionel was married to his college friend Brenda Harvey in 1978 on the 18th of October. The couple adopted a child in 1983, Nicole Camille Escovedo, who was the real daughter of a member of Lionel’s band.
Lionel was happily married, but later in 1986, there were rumors that he was secretly dating Diane Alexander. Later he got divorced from Brenda and rumor had it that he was caught in a hotel room with Diane. In 1993 Lionel was officially divorced from Brenda. He later married Diane on the 21st of December, 1995. The couple had a son named Miles Brockman and a daughter Sofia Richie. In 2003, Lionel’s and Diane’s relation also ended.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Lionel became a saxophonist and a singer in young age in the group COMMODORES. As a student, he formed a group named it as the R & B group. While working for COMMODERS, he signed his first recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 before moving to Motown Records. This was initially just a supportive act for The Jackson 5. At first,, they used to make funky and joyful tracks like ‘The Brick House’ and ‘Machine gun’, but later as the time passed, Lionel started writing and singing more and more romantic tracks like ‘Three times a lady’, ‘Easy’ and breakup ballads like ‘ sail on’.
Later, Lionel started taking his commission for writing tracks for other artists. Richie composed the album “share your love” for Rogers and also composed ‘Lady’ for Kenny Rogers. Later in 1982, Lionel quitted COMMODORES. Soon after that, he started working solo. His top hits include “My Love”, “Truly”, etc. His album “Can’t slow down” made him win 2 Grammy Awards which made him famous internationally.
In 1985, he sang a charity song “We are the world” with Michael Jackson which broke all records. He has made a great contribution in the field of music. He won in total 4 Grammy Awards and also the Golden Globe award. In 2008, Lionel won the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement award. He was also awarded the highest honor for any songwriter, The Johnny Mercer Award in 2016.
Net Worth & Earnings
At present, the total assessed net worth of Lionel Richie is $220 million. He is one of the very few music artists whose works have been recognized so widely and is so popular. He has got himself so much of fortune due to his extremely successful music career and his pacts with great brands like Lion Nathan.
Lionel Richie is definitely a man who knew the right career for himself. Having such an impressive net worth, he always works hard and gives his best. Lionel Richie is definitely a motivation and a role model for all those youngsters who wish to make their career in the field of music.