Shania Twain and Lionel Richie Take Us Inside Their ‘Endless Love’
Lionel Richie is a legend, to say the least, and now he’s taking a rather legendary step, going back to his roots and releasing a full album of country duets with some of the most famous country stars in the business. The album, named after Richie’s hometown of ‘Tuskegee,’ is set to drop March 27, and the first single from the record, a Richie and Shania Twain duet of the smash hit ‘Endless Love,’ released Feb. 7.
Now, Richie and Twain are taking fans behind the scenes of their recreation of the 1981 ballad that was originally performed by Richie and Diana Ross, with the video below. In the video, they have such an obvious chemistry and friendship — and it’s clear Twain is still a little awed by Richie’s talent, while Richie is emphasizes over and over how glad he is to be working with her.
“You came to me and you said, ‘Uh, I’m gonna do this but I’m not quite sure,’” he tells Twain. “And now we’re sitting here tonight after the session. If you’re not quite sure now, then something seriously is wrong with you because you nailed it. First of all, I just want to thank you for – after all of this time off, pondering – that you chose this route back in.”
“This was a very scary experience,” Twain admits. “C’mon, I mean this is a song — I don’t know — it’s an iconic song. You’re an icon. How could I put myself in a scarier situation?” Based on the footage and the sound of the single, it seems that Twain should put herself in terrifying situations more often. She definitely delivered. After some time recording vocals with the famous female country star, Richie offers, “Welcome back, Shania. Welcome back, and by the way, I told you so.”
But Twain isn’t the only country celeb to make a guest appearance on the record. Others who are bringing their own sound to some of the icon’s greatest hits include Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.
Watch Shania Twain and Lionel Richie Behind the Scenes