“You Are” is the title of a popular song from 1983 by the singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. “You Are” was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie. It appears on his self-titled debut solo album, which came out in 1982. It resumes where he left off with D-flat major tunes with Commodores’ “Sail On” and “Still”, and his solo effort “Truly”.
Released as the follow-up single to his number-one hit song “Truly”, “You Are” reached the top five on three major Billboard music charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, the song spent two weeks at number four in early 1983. It peaked at number two on the R&B chart (behind “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson), and spent six weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 43 on the British pop chart.
“You Are” is a romantic song, although it has a more upbeat arrangement than many of Richie’s slower ballads, including a horn section. Before achieving popularity for his own music, singer Richard Marx was a studio musician who can be heard singing backing vocals on “You Are” as well as other songs from Richie’s debut album.
Richie re-worked the song as a duet with country singer Blake Shelton for Richie’s 2012 Tuskegee album.
Lionel Richie is the eponymous debut solo studio album by Lionel Richie. It was recorded and released while Richie was still a member of the Commodores. He would leave the group shortly after. It was released on October 6, 1982 on Motown Records. The first single, “Truly”, topped the Billboard Hot 100. Follow-up single “You […]
|Fender Rhodes||Lionel Richie|
|Percussion||Paulinho Da Costa|
|Background Vocals||Deborah Thomas|
|Background Vocals||David Cochrane|
|Background Vocals||Richard Marx|
James Anthony Carmichael
Brenda Harvey Richie