As previously mentioned, ALL 15 tracks for my new album, “Standard Time: Live In New York” were rated highly enough to earn a ReverbNation Featured Artist spot, meaning that each track will be featured on the Crowd Picks page of ReverbNation for 1 week. This week the featured track is “Hello” by Lionel Richie.

Taken as the third single from Richie’s multi-platinum album “Can’t Slow Down,” the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three separate Billboard music charts: the Pop chart (for two weeks); the R&B chart (for three weeks); and the Adult Contemporary chart (for six weeks). The song also went to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It is considered by many as Richie’s signature song.

Our version was inspired by an arrangement by Paul Anka, who recorded the tune on his 2005 “Rock Swings” album, which contains #swing #jazz covers of popular rock and pop songs from the 1980s and 1990s.

Check it out here: