Kenny Rogers To Perform With Lionel Richie At South By Southwest Festival
March 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM (PT)
MERCURY NASHVILLE artist LIONEL RICHIE is set to play BILLBOARD MAGAZINE’S annual showcase at the SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST MUSIC FESTIVAL in AUSTIN, TX TOMORROW (3/14) at AUSTIN’S ACL LIVE. The singer will be joined by surprise guests throughout his set, including KENNY ROGERS, who will perform LIONEL’S song “LADY.”
“I get emotional because there’s one person in this whole world that I owe the launch of the second half of my life, and that’s KENNY ROGERS,” said RICHIE.. “A lot of artists will say to a songwriter, ‘Thank you very much.’ One night KENNY said right in the middle of the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, ‘I’d like to thank LIONEL RICHIE for writing this song for me.’ That camera came over his shoulder and picked me up onstage and my second lifetime began. He was sincerely, probably single-handedly the most important person to launch me into the next ozone of my life.”
RICHIE will also release a duets album entitled, “Tuskegee,” on MARCH 26th which ROGERS also took part in. “I wanted to record ‘Lady’ because the last thing I wanted to do was sing a song LIONEL had been doing for years and try to compete with him on it. This was a song people were familiar with me singing on more so than LIONEL, so I thought I stood a fair chance,” said ROGERS.
For more on LIONEL, visit www.lionelrichie.com.