Written for Kurrent Music
Published on October 20th 2015
When Luther Vandross was singing on a record, the song would automatically be granted a lot of soul. He is one the greatest, who’s not only sold over 35 million records of his own, but throughout his career was often asked to sing background vocals on other people’s songs as well.
In an interview he once said: “When I first came out, I was never heralded as the new Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson or Teddy Pedigrass. I was just Luther”, but he’s up there with them now and was given a title of his own. He became known as the man with the Velvet Voice.
He’s one of those singers, who sounded like singing went pretty effortless for him, but when you watched him perform, his button eyes would show nothing but full focus. It’s that focus on his craft and musical skill, that earned him respect and, to some, even made him a bit intimidating to work with. He just had a clear cut vision of what he wanted to sound like.