Dance with My Father (album)

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Dance with My Father
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2003 (2003-06-10)
StudioBearTracks Studios
(Suffern, New York City)

| genre = R&B[1] | length = 67:18 | label = J

| producer =

| prev_title = The Very Best of Love | prev_year = 2003 | next_title = The Essential Luther Vandross | next_year = 2003

| misc = Singles from Dance with My Father

  1. "Think About You"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Dance with My Father"
    Released: May 30, 2003
  3. "Buy Me a Rose"
    Released: 2004

Dance with My Father is the thirteenth and final studio album by American R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross. It was released by J Records on June 10, 2003 in the United States. The album, especially its title track, was dedicated to Vandross' late father and features production credits from Nat Adderley, Jr., Shep Crawford, and Marcus Miller as well as guest appearances by singer Beyoncé, R&B trio Next, and rappers Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, and Busta Rhymes.

Upon its release, Dance with My Father debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of 442,000 units, becoming his first and only album to do so.[2] It also marked his eighth and first album in the twelve years to top the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Critically acclaimed, Dance with My Father earned Vandross two American Music Awards in the Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and the Favorite Soul/R&B Album categories as well as four Grammy Awards wins out of five nominations, including Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Dance with My Father", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You", his duet with Beyoncé, and Best R&B Album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
BBC Music(favorable)[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]
Plugged In(mixed)[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]

Dance with My Father was released to generally positive reviews from music critics. In his review for Allmusic, David Jeffries summed that "Dance with My Father isn't able to maintain the high standards it often achieves, but Vandross' voice is always compelling and the background singers live up to the superior arrangements throughout. With nearly 70 minutes of music on the disc to choose from, more savvy listeners will be able to program their CD players for a more focused and rewarding listen." He rated the album four out of five stars.[3] Writing for The Guardian, Adam Sweeting declared the album "one of Vandross's very finest recordings." He found that "always a class act, a kind of top-of-the-range Lexus among soulmen, Vandross has clung to his traditional strengths – lush melodies and artful arrangements, sung with that elegantly beseeching voice – while incorporating some discreet nods to modernity."[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."If I Didn't Know Better"Ezekiel Lewis, Vandross, Vertelney4:07
2."Think About You"James Porte, Vandross5:04
3."If It Ain't One Thing" (featuring Foxy Brown)Robbie Nevil, Vandross, Vertelney, Marchand4:13
4."Buy Me a Rose"Jim Funk, Erick Hickenlooper3:48
5."The Closer I Get to You" (duet with Beyoncé)Reggie Lucas, James Mtume6:25
6."Lovely Day" (featuring Busta Rhymes)Ronald LaPread, Lionel Richie, Bill Withers, Clarence Scarborough5:57
7."Dance with My Father"Vandross, Richard Marx4:26
8."She Saw You"Marcus Miller, Vandross5:44
9."Apologize"Rex Rideout, Vandross4:59
10."Hit It Again" (featuring Queen Latifah)Rideout, Vandross4:37
11."Right in the Middle"Vandross, Vertelney4:50
12."Once Were Lovers"Rideout, Fonzi Thornton, Vandross4:34
13."Lovely Day (Part II)" (featuring Busta Rhymes and Next)LaPread, Richie, Withers, Scarborough3:54
14."They Said You Needed Me"Ivan Hampden, Jr., Vandross4:40


Adapted from AllMusic.[10]

  • Nat Adderley, Jr. – arranger, keyboards, piano, producer, string arrangements
  • Tawatha Agee – background vocals
  • Sanford Allen – concert master
  • Alli – art direction
  • June Ambrose – stylist
  • Skip Anderson – arranger, keyboards, programming, soloist, vibraphone
  • Ray Bardani – engineer, mixing, string engineer
  • Beyoncé – primary artist
  • Big Bub – background vocals
  • Jeff Bova – sound design
  • Al Brown – string contractor
  • Al Brown & His Tunetoppers – string contractor
  • Foxy Brown – featured artist, guest artist, vocals
  • Sharon Bryant – background vocals
  • Busta Rhymes – featured artist, guest artist, vocals
  • Shep Crawford – instrumentation, producer
  • Carl Cyrius – assistant engineer
  • Jason Dale – assistant engineer
  • Jill Dell'Abate – production coordination
  • DJ Kay Gee – remix producer
  • James Ervin – choreographer
  • Jim Ervin – choreographer
  • Eddie F. – remix producer
  • Paul J. Falcone – vocal engineer, vocal recording
  • Phil Hamilton – guitar
  • Reggie Hamilton – bass
  • Ivan Hampden – arranger, drum programming, drums, keyboard programming
  • Cissy Houston – guest artist, background vocals
  • Loren Howard – mixing assistant
  • Roger Innocent – hair stylist
  • Michael J – background vocals
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
  • Brion James – guitar
  • Chris James – piano
  • Joyce James – performer, background vocals
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Jeff Jones – hair stylist, make-Up
  • Beyoncé Knowles – primary artist
  • Chris LeBeau – art producer, artwork
  • Darren Lighty – remix producer
  • Richard Marx – drum programming, keyboard programming
  • Michael McCoy – assistant engineer
  • Rick McDonald – background vocals
  • Daniel Milazzo – assistant engineer
  • Byron Miller – bass
  • Marcus Miller – arranger, drum programming, engineer, keyboard programming, producer, background vocals
  • Claudius Mittendorfer – assistant engineer
  • Cindy Mizelle – background vocals
  • Robbie Nevil – guitar, keyboards
  • Flip Osman – assistant engineer
  • April Owens – group member, performer, background vocals
  • Dave Perini – assistant engineer
  • James Porte – arranger, drum programming, keyboard programming
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering
  • Queen Latifah – featured artist, guest artist, primary artist, vocals
  • Jerome Ramos – bass
  • Rex Rideout – arranger, drum programming, keyboard programming
  • RL – background vocals
  • Matt Snedecor – assistant engineer
  • Jason Stasium – assistant engineer
  • Max Szadek – assistant, personal assistant
  • Candace Thomas – group member, performer, background vocals
  • Fonzi Thornton – vocal contractor, background vocals
  • Luther Vandross – executive producer, primary artist, producer, vocal arrangement, vocals, background vocals
  • Gabriel Varde – engineer, tracking
  • Víctor Vega – guitar
  • Reed Vertelney – arranger, drum programming, keyboard programming
  • Jamie Wallace – assistant engineer
  • Stan Wallace – engineer
  • Rick Watford – guitar
  • Ricky Watford "Bishop" – guitar
  • Kevin Westenberg – photography
  • Brenda White-King – background vocals
  • James "D-train" Williams – background vocals
  • Jay Williams – guitar
  • Stevie Wonder – guest artist, harmonica, soloist
  • "You Can Ask" Giz – engineer, mixing



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 American Music Award Favorite Soul/R&B Album Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Won
2004 BET Awards Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
Grammy Award Song of the Year Won
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won
Best R&B Song Nominated
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
Best R&B Album Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Album Won
Outstanding Male Artist Won
Outstanding Music Video Won
Outstanding Song Won
Soul Train Music Awards Best Album of the Year Nominated
Best R&B/Soul Album – Male Nominated
Best R&B/Soul Single – Male Won
2005 Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo Nominated


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