Lionel Richie to release country record

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie is to release an album of duets featuring country music reworkings of some of his most famous songs.

Lionel Richie is releasing a country album.

The 'All Night Long' hitmaker insists he didn't deliberately set out to create a record in the style, but felt it was a "natural progression" to recreate some of his most famous hits in the popular genre.

He said: "Over a period of time I realised that the songs that I was writing translated to country. As a songwriter I didn't really start out thinking I was country, I was thinking I was R&B. It was just a natural progression. I am from Tuskegee, Alabama - I'm a country boy. It just felt right to do this."

The album, which features a string of duets with top country music stars including Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, is named after the 'Hello' singer's birthplace.

He added: "Growing up with country, R&B, gospel and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer, and the title, 'Tuskegee', is a validation of my growing up there - the place I call home."

'Tuskegee' will be released next March.


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