Luther Vandross Biography

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BORN: April 20, 1951, New York, NY [The Bronx]

In the world of contemporary music, there are just a handful of superstars whose first name alone brings instant recognition. Check Aretha, Whitney, Mariah, Diana and Dionne. But when it comes to male vocalists, the list is far shorter. One name towers above the rest in any discussion on black male singers whose impact and influence has been unparalleled. Say the name 'Luther' and record buyers the world over respond immediately. The fact is, Luther Vandross remains the pre-eminent black male vocalist of our time. The five-time Grammy winner, whose cumulative global sales top over 20 million copies, has been offering his distinctive brand of satin smooth vocal magic to international audiences year in and year out. Described by J Records Chairman Clive Davis as "the best male R&B singer in the world" ?he抯 beginning his next phase with a shimmering J Records debut that marks a whole new chapter in a career filled with accomplishment, achievement and much-deserved recognition.

Now comes LUTHER VANDROSS, a dazzling album that has all the elements to take the genial superstar to an unprecedented level of mainstream pop and R&B success on a global level. Living up the high standard of artistic integrity which marks all of his previous work yet typifying the contemporary nature of the new record, "Take You Out" is the album's hit-bound first single.

Luther states, "It was one of the first three songs Clive (Davis) played for me when we sat down to discuss my signing with J Records. I totally fell in love with it the first time I heard it. I loved the sentiment of the song: it's a polite question, you could say the politically correct right way to approach someone you're attracted to? The album features some of the finest performances the New York-born singer, songwriter, producer and vocal arranger has ever committed to disc.

From the immediacy of "Take You Out," the irresistible first single (produced by Warryn Campbell) to the soulful ballad "Love Forgot," a future Vandross staple (co-written and produced by longtime associate Marcus Miller), the album is a brilliant "hybrid of classic Luther and contemporary Luther," the man himself declares. "No matter what new elements get brought into the process, the value of romance, beauty, song and emotion will always, always, always be my priority," he notes, referring to the incredible line-up of producers who worked on his auspicious first album for J Records.

Luther's emergence as a musical master whose style has influenced an entire generation of today's vocalists has been cultivated over many years of consistent hit-making. Already a successful jingle singer and background vocalist prior to the release of his groundbreaking debut "Never Too Much," Luther's mainstream breakthrough with the pop Top 10 success of "Here and Now," which reached the pop Top 10 in 1989 and has lived on as a wedding song staple. Prior to that, Luther had amassed an amazing 22 R&B charted singles including such classics as "Give Me The Reason," "Stop To Love" and "There's Nothing Better Than Love," (with Gregory Hines).

The momentum continued with more Top 10 hits including "The Power Of Love/ Love Power," "Don't Wanna Be a Fool" (both 1991) and his 1994 duet with Mariah Carey, "Endless Love" (a #2 pop smash). Videos to "Stop to Love," "Any Love" and "Your Secret Love" remain essential contributions to the libraries of both VH1 and BET, while his songs and productions for Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Cheryl Lynn and others measure up against the work of any other pop icon.

To date, Luther has won five Grammy Awards for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance with his #1 R&B / Top Ten Single, "Here and Now," 2 for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance with "Power Of Love / Love Power," and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for "Your Secret Love." In 2000, Luther was honored with a special BET Walk Of Fame tribute and as brilliant performer who is known for his compelling live shows, Luther has consistently toured and enjoyed sold-out shows year in and year out. And, a first for any black male vocalist, Luther's impressive catalog of thirteen albums have all achieved either platinum or multi-platinum status.

Whether he's adding another dimension to a hit song of yesteryear or creating a new set of Vandross classics, Luther's first J Records CD is deeply satisfying: "I'd say that this record totally perpetuates the spirit of all that I've ever recorded," he says. "There's a balance between ballads and uptempo tracks which is always important and on this new album I think we accomplished that." There's no doubt that LUTHER VANDROSS showcases the inimitable talents of a legendary artist in a fresh and exciting way, a demonstration that with new career heights to attain, Luther is at the top of his game and soulfully, honestly, better than ever.

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The Best of Love The Best of Luther | Reviewer: Esse Cuban | 10/27/13

I still denied the fact dat his gone 4ever it was early sunday morning when i jst saw a front page of City Press dat he passd away bt wat can we do coz dats the path we all gonna pass through it bt "No Matter How Much Time Passes U Will Always Be In My Heart Luther"

a great man in luther | Reviewer: jethro mangeni | 7/13/13

u live in my heart. i just hate the fact that i didnt know you whe you were still alive.i still had the innocence in me. r.i.p. u live on everyday of my life and its like i even knew you

Luther: Where cometh such another? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/20/11

Oh rare Luther Vandross! You were a real genius,others are just talented.Those powerful vocals,heart stirring love lyrics and a great gentleman crooning them...oh my! Luther is irreplaceable in the way his love ballads used 2move many a heart in love or broken by love.In these great lovesongs of all time Luther built himself a memorial monument far grander than all the words we could say in memoriam.In that monument and hearts of millions across the globe you remain immortalised oh great virtuoso.From whence cometh such another as u rare Luther Vandross? Go well maestro!

how he died? | Reviewer: LCM Lesala | 3/25/11

the 1st time i heard this vioce my heart just siad that's my soul friend till today i still love him & i'll always do my wish was for him to come to south africa but it wasn't gods plan. Now i wish to go to his grave and say "THANK YOU MR LOVE SONGS" I LOVE HIM SO MUCH, HE MADE MY LIFE

the loss of one of the best voices that ever live. | Reviewer: victor tanniehill | 1/24/10

iam a true luther lover has been sence i heard that voice just walking down the street,i almost lost is really a great loss for me because i do luther songs in my shows.tears is running down my face as i submit.we all just be bless that his vocals will be here to the end of time.

the loss of one of the best voices that ever live. | Reviewer: victor tanniehill | 1/24/10

iam a true luther lover has been sence i heard that voice just walking down the street,i almost lost is really a great loss for me because i do luther songs in my shows.tears is running down my face as submit.we all just be bless that his vocals will be here to the end of time.

The virtuoso corooner | Reviewer: Kiangura Jason Apollos | 3/29/09

That silky voice,who'll forget it?Those timeless love lyrics hallmarking Luther's music will always tower above the rest.Indeed Luther lived for love.He who lives in the hearts of millions will never die.THAT'S WHERE LUTHER LIVES.Oh rare Lutheq Vandross!

Forever, For always, For love | Reviewer: Jacki | 8/24/08

Remembering this song brings back such memories
of a respectful time in music. The real honesty in feeling what you are singing about.Luther had songs inside of him that when heard made you feel deep within your own soul. I will miss him.
Jacki Kimble

Growing up with Luther | Reviewer: Leigh Howard | 1/15/08

I went to Wembly Arena in London to see Luther twice,i feel so lucky that i had the chance to be able to see him in person and to be able to say he was and to me will allways be truly BRILLIANT. I remember all my tenage years i allways loved his music.Now he is gone i will never stop missing him and feel as though in a funny way i have lost a person i new.It is upsetting to think there will be no more new music from a great artist but i will allways enjoy the work that he did do,you cannot often say that you like to listen and also watch an entertainer because sometimes you only want to listen and not watch but with Luther i enjoyed both.Miss you Luther allways and forever a loyal fan.

my love luther vandross | Reviewer: juliana anthony raj | 8/17/07

i need to know more about luther vandross. how did he past away and did he have any family??

excellent | Reviewer: briana | 8/15/07

this is the best review ive ever read!it gives details and gives you a mental picture!ive read thousands of reviews on other artists and this tops them all!

magical and unforgettable | Reviewer: oluchi obiechefu | 7/17/07

luther was born for love ,lived and died for it he is simply magical and unfogettable. In a long,long years ,even in centuries to come,he will always be remembered for his love songs

Missing Luther Vandross! | Reviewer: June Tyler | 8/13/05

I Love to here anything about Luther Vandross, Because I Miss Him so Much.

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