Date: Jan 4th, 2009 · Tags: Jazz Festivals

Lionel Richie in concert at the Chumash Casino...Image via Wikipedia

Montego Bay comes alive on January 22 – 24, 2009 with the JAMAIACA Jazz and Blues Festival, which is gearing up to be even more electrifying than in previous years.

The Festival, which has hosted acts such as George Benson, Erika Badu, Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers, Shaggy, Third World and a host of other top-class local and international performers, is expected to live up to its reputation of being the premier event on the Caribbean’s entertainment calendar. London’s effervescent and multi-talented new artiste, Estelle; Grammy Award-winning star Lionel Richie; and hit-makers Atlantic Starr are just some of the acts which will grace the stage at the 2009 Festival.

One of the headliners at this year JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival is no other that Lionel Richie. After leaving the Commodores, Lionel Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists of the ’80s, arguably eclipsed during his 1981-1987 heyday only by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie dominated the pop charts during that period with an incredible run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits, five of them number ones.

As his popularity skyrocketed, Richie moved farther away from his R&B origins and concentrated more on adult contemporary balladry, which had been one of his strengths even as part of the Commodores.

There is no doubt that Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2009 will deliver all that is expected and more.