He's written some massive country hits for other artists; now Lionel Richie is going country himself.
Come this summer, CMT reports that the Lionel will establish himself on country turf, with the release of his album of country duets with an illustrious bevy of country stars.
According to producer Tony Brown, Richie has so far completed duets with Darius Rucker ('Stuck on You'), Tim McGraw ('Sail On'), Kenny Rogers ('Lady'), Willie Nelson ('Easy'), Little Big Town ('Deep River Woman'), Blake Shelton ('You Are'), and Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ('All Night Long'). Yet to be recorded are duets with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and the Zac Brown Band. Brown anticipates a summer release for the album.