London: Singer Lionel Richie panicked every time he underwent vocal surgery as he feared the procedure would rob him of his voice.
"I have been through three surgeries, vocal surgeries. And while you`re sitting there in silence, the question comes up, Who am I? Who am I really? Without this voice... who are you really? And as an artist, you are defined by your voice," he revealed on the ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ show.
The 62-year-old still faces anxiety before he steps on stage to perform because he feels his vocals are changing, reports a website.
"Let`s look at when you first start. It`s a young voice. As you get older, can you hit those same notes from 19 at 45? No. You take it down a half step. Then by 50 and 60, you take it down a whole step. In other words, you`re not as spot on as you`re supposed to be," he said.