Luther Vandross… He is one of my favorite and most respected singer/song writers in the world. I had all of his CD albums, and listened carefully, over and over again to his singing technique when I was learning how to sing.
He has a beautifully warmth and unique voice. His songs also represent a very classy style of R&B, so I can recognize his music right away.
Luther Vandross is a celebrated R&B singer who won 8 Grammy Awards and sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
He performed at the Apollo Theater in New York when he was just in high school. After that he received an opportunity to be on the children’s education TV show “Sesame street” which introduced his singing to the world.
Early in his career, He was a background singer for Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, David Bowie, Diana Ross and others.
He fronted a self-named band called Luther, which released a self-titled album in 1976. Then he joined the group Change, before embarking on a successful solo career by 1980.
The song “Never too much”, written by him, reached #1 on the R&B charts on 1981.
He also started working with the famous bassist Marcus Miller who also performed in several of Luther’s songs.
In 2001 Vandross performed a rendition of Michael Jackson's hit song "Man in the Mirror" at The Jackson's 30th Anniversary special, alongside Usher and 98 Degrees.
He has many beautiful, successful songs such as “Forever, For always, For love”, “Here and Now”, “Power of love”, “Always forever“, and “So amazing”. Then he has a duet with Cheryl Lynn, “If this world were mine”, a duet with Mariah Carey, “Endless love” (original by Lionel Richie and Diana ross), and a duet with Beyonce “The closer I get to you” (Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack).
This song by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 American film, “Mo’ Money”.
His concert performances are classy, VERY REAL. Many singers incorporate “dancers” to support their stage performance, but Luther uses great singers as “performer-back up singers” on stage with him. Vocalist “Kevin Owens” from “Ray, Goodman & Brown”, and “Lisa Fischer” are a couple of them. They do background vocals and create dance movements with Luther to support his show. These performances are AWESOME. You can find them on youtube as a “Luther Vandross Live at Wembley”. I can tell that he respects REAL music and is a REAL artist. I used to have this video (yes, back in the day) and watched it soooooo many times…
So much, so much to talk about Luther Vandross.
I was really hoping that he would recover and was praying for his comeback. I was planning to go to see one of his concerts… But my dream didn’t come true. He died after suffering a heart attack on July 1, 2005. He was only 54 years old…
Now I am living in the United States. I still wish I could go to see one of his live performances here.
Rest in peace, Luther Vandross. I am still listening your music and feel your love.