Full Name: Lionel Richie
Position: Mentor on Team Christina
Date of birth: June 20, 1949
Hometown: Tuskegee Alabama
Ex-wifes: Brenda Harvey (married for 17 years), Diane Alexander (married for 10 years)
Children: Adopted daughter Nicole Richie (daughter of a member of Lionel’s band), Miles Brockman (son to Lionel and Diane)
Bet you didn’t know… Lionel has raised more than $3.1 million for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Lionel Richie is no newcomer to the world of performing. He started as a singer and saxophonist with the popular soul group The Commodores. The group produced the songs “Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Easy.”
In 1982 Lionel went solo and released a self-titled album with the hit singles “Truly,” “You Are,” and “My Love.” The soul singer is famous for his love songs and has even been called the “Black Barry Manilow.”
Lionel has performed with the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Kenny Rodgers, and Janet Jackson.
He has won numerous awards including the “Pop Male Vocalist” Grammy in 1983 and “Album of the Year” Grammy in 1985 for Can’t Slow Down.
The performer is also famous for his personal life. He took care of a fellow bandmate’s daughter, Nicole, and when the girl turned nine he officially adopted her. Nicole Richie became famous for being best friends with heiress Paris Hilton on the reality TV show The Simple Life.
Lionel performed his song “Ballerina Girl,” written for Nicole, at her wedding to Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden in December 2010.
The performer will be a mentor on Team Christina in this season of The Voice.