Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Miss Cleo & shit...

I missed this USA Today write-up (cut & pasted below) when it first ran. My friend Brett tipped me off about it a few days ago. I chuckle at being described as a novelist. Somebody's been peeping my bedside notebooks and looking into the future.

Vandross legacy plays out with 'Love'

Luther Vandross' sweet, soulful voice was the gold standard in romantic music for more than two decades before his untimely death at age 54 two years ago. Love, Luther, a new Sony/Legacy box set due in stores Oct. 16, is a paean to his long career.

The four-disc, 53-track set traces his beginnings as a jingles singer and New York sessions vocalist through his 25 years as a solo artist who earned 15 platinum records and sold 30 million records. In addition to his hits and "Lutherized" covers are six previously unreleased songs and duets with the likes of Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick and Frank Sinatra.

The set makes clear that the eight-time Grammy winner — who was a vocal arranger for such stars as Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Donna Summer, Bette Midler and David Bowie before he became famous — also was an exquisite songwriter, hitmaking producer and passionate performer. An accompanying book includes rare photos and an essay by novelist Ernest Hardy and a poem by Nikki Giovanni.

"His music has gone all around the world," says his mother, Mary Ida Vandross. "The message in his music that God wants to get out is that we have really to love each other." -- Steve Jones

By the way, the Janet Jackson duet ("The Best Things in Life Are Free") just fell out of the project.



Anonymous said...

DAMN! I love that Janet duet.


ReggieH said...

Congratulations on that novel, brotha...

redbone said...

novel? whither the novel?