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Blake Shelton & Lionel Richie Brought Country and Soul Together for a Heartfelt Cover

The two stars sang one of Richie's most romantic songs.

By Jackie Manno
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In 2012, The Voice Coach and Blake Shelton and R&B superstar Lionel Richie joined forces to sing one of Richie's classic hits "You Are" for a rendition that was the perfect blend of country and soul. During the performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Richie encouraged Shelton's upbeat singing while the two swayed back and forth to the music with their vocals bouncing off of each other. 

What to know about "You Are" by Lionel Richie 

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Written by Richie, "You Are" is a hit song off of his 1982 self-titled debut solo album. With a fast tempo and romantic lyrics, it reached the number four position at the Billboard charts in early 1983. 

In 2012, a revamped version featuring vocals by Shelton was released, accompanied with a personal music video that chronicles the musicians' process of recording the duet. 

Split image of Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie.

The lyrics to "You Are" by Lionel Richie

Baby you'll find
There's only one love
Yours and mine
I've got so much love

And needing you so
My love for you
I'll never let go
I've got so much love

All I want is to hold you
Let me show how much I love you baby (Show you)
I don't mind and I don't mind (Loving you)
Girl I love you
There's no one above you

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

Tell me it's true
I can't believe you do what you do
I've got so much love
And my love you'll see
We'll stay together, just you and me, baby
I've got so much love (so much love)

Only you (know me)
Tell me how to love you baby (show me)
I don't mind and I don't mind (tell me)
Girl, I love you
Always thinking of you

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

I know you know the way I feel
And I need your love for always
Cause when I'm with you
I fall in love
Again and again and again, Baby.

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

You are
You are
You are
You are
You are
You are
You are
You are

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