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Between 1981 and 1987, former Commodores frontman Lionel Richie emerged as one of the decade's most successful solo artists with a string of inescapable, chart-topping singles that included classics such as "Hello," "All Night Long," and "Truly." Since then, however, with the exception of a modest comeback with 1996's Louder than Words, Richie has yet to recapture the pop and R&B chart success he once enjoyed. But as the title of his seventh solo disc suggests, Renaissance marks the rebirth of the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter's stalled career. By employing the talents of current hit-making R&B and dance music producers such as Rodney Jerkins (Brandy, Spice Girls) and Brian Rawling (Enrique Iglesias, Cher), Richie ushers his sound into the new millennium with street-credible style. From the Latin-flavored "Cinderella" to the acoustic-guitar-driven ballad "Tonight," Richie's lush vocals sound as vibrant as they did in the '80s. The disc's party-inspiring first single, "Angel," is likely to work makeover wonders for the music veteran's career, just as the ubiquitous dance hit "Believe" did for Cher's in '99. Since it was released internationally in late 2000, Renaissance has been certified platinum in Germany. And the new-and-improved Richie seems poised to get back to where he belongs -- atop the U.S. charts.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
Label: Island
UPC: 0731454808521
catalogNumber: 548085
Rank: 68323

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lionel Richie   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Winston Blissett   Bass
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Jonathan Clark   Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ronnie Garrett   Bass
Demetrius Harvey   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Skyler Jett   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Ricky Minor   Bass
Dean Parks   Guitar
Barry Paul   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Peters   Piano
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Daryl Simmons   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lloyd Tolbert   Keyboards
Joe Wolfe   Drums,Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Robyn Smith   Conductor
Adam Phillips   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gerald Cox   Background Vocals
Andy Blackwood   Background Vocals
Conesha Monet   Background Vocals
Dorian Daniels   Bass,Keyboards
Mark Taylor   Keyboards
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer
Ralph Sutton   Engineer
Tony Williams   drum programming
Charles Veal   String Conductor
David Gleeson   Engineer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Skip Miller   Executive Producer
Jerry Peters   String Arrangements
Brian Rawling   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Lloyd Tolbert   Programming,Producer
Joe Wolfe   Producer,Percussion Programming
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer
David Frazer   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Robyn Smith   String Arrangements
Paul Foley   Engineer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Greg Bieck   Programming,Vocal Engineer,MIDI Programming
Island Brothers   Programming,Remixing,Instrumentation
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer,Producer
Dirk Vanoucek   Engineer
Paul Barry   Composer
Ethan Mates   Engineer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements

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