Lionel Richie CeeLo Green
The actual story behind Lionel’s journey is basically the pursuit of the American Dream. Lionel was born in Alabama and lived in an isolated African American community. During his college years, a band named ‘The Mystics’ heard him play a couple of notes on the saxophone. Given Lionel’s talent, they invited him to play with the band. ‘The Mystics’ were later on renamed as “The Commodores”. He joined the band with members Ronald La Pread, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, Walter Orange and William “WAK” King. Becoming a part of this group was a tough decision for Lionel to make. He had no support from the family because his parents were against his decision to pursue music.
He defied his parents and left with the band. A performance in New York made him realize that he was headed in the right direction. During his performance, he got the first taste of what being a star really meant, when girls started shouting his name. Not knowing at the time that this small pack of girls was soon going to multiply into millions of fans, fans who now not only scream his name but sing along with him. Skip Miller from Motown Records heard the band while they performed at a club. Noticing the talent, he presented Lionel to the founder of the label, Berry Gordy. Berry agreed with Miller’s observation and gave the band a contract. The agreement turned out to be very fruitful as it was followed by a tour with The Jackson 5. International success soon followed and the band released chart topping singles such as “Too Hot Ta Trot”, “Brick House” and “Just To Be Close To You”.
Lionel decided to pursue a solo career in 1981. Earning a series of thirteen top hits and nine top singles, Lionel’s fans witnessed him becoming one of the biggest sensations of the eighties. These famous songs included “Endless Love”, “Truly”, “Hello”, “All Night Long” and “Say You (Say Me)”, which earned him the Oscar Award as well as the Golden Globe Award. Lionel released an eponymous album in 1982 which created a series of platinum plus albums throughout the eighties. The album Dancing On The Ceiling released in 1986 turned out to be an R&B and pop classic. He also had the opportunity to co-pen a song with the legendary Michael Jackson, and their composition “We Are The World” became a famous anthem.
Ceelo Green (stylized as CeeLo Green) is widely regarded as an entertainer with many layers. He has successfully established himself as a singer-songwriter, actor, producer, entrepreneur, television personality, pop culture & fashion icon. Ceelo is popularly known for his hit number “Forget You” (aka “F—k You”), which earned platinum status is the UK, Canada and New Zealand, and was certified multi-platinum in Australia and achieved gold status in Denmark and the United States. The song won the Grammy Award for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance”. Featuring The Muppets, Ceelo presented his Christmas album in 2012 under the title “CeeLo’s Magic Moment”. Over the years he has won numerous awards including BET Awards, Brit Awards, Soul Train Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Get Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green tickets and enjoy the performances of your favorite musicians, live on stage.