Dance with My Father

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Dance with My Father
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released June 10, 2003 (2003-06-10)
Recorded 2001–03
Studio BearTracks Studios
(Suffern, New York)
Hannibal Studios
(Santa Monica, California)
Playground/MiniMansion Studios
(Closter, New Jersey)
Right Track Recording
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
Skip Trip-Algoryhthm Studios
(Belle Mead, New Jersey)
The Dengen
(Torrance, California)
Genre R&B, soul, pop, adult contemporary
Length 67:18
Label J
Producer Luther Vandross (also executive), Marcus Miller, Nat Adderley, Jr., Shep Crawford
Luther Vandross chronology
The Very Best of Love
Dance with My Father
The Essential Luther Vandross
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favorable)[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
Plugged In (mixed)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

Dance with My Father is the 13th and final studio album by American R&B recording artist Luther Vandross. It was released in the United States on June 10, 2003, by J Records, The album, especially its title track, was dedicated to Vandross' late father.

The album earned Vandross two American Music Awards in 2003—Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album—and four Grammy Awards in 2004Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Dance with My Father" (also nominated for Best R&B Song), Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" (with Beyoncé), and Best R&B Album.

Chart performance and sales[edit]

Dance with My Father debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving some 442,000 units in its opening week alone,[8] and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart after debuting at #42 the previous week.

This was Vandross' only album to top the U.S. albums chart and his eighth album to reach #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. The album stands as his first #1 R&B album in twelve years since the release of Power of Love. Dance With My Father is the biggest selling studio album of Luther's entire career with over 2.9 million sales in the United States alone. The title track single was a hit on Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary radio. It received the 2004 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, which was accepted by the song's co-writer Richard Marx.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If I Didn't Know Better"   Ezekiel Lewis, Vandross, Vertelney 4:07
2. "Think About You"   James Porte, Vandross 5:04
3. "If It Ain't One Thing" (featuring Foxy Brown) Robbie Nevil, Vandross, Vertelney, Marchand 4:13
4. "Buy Me a Rose"   Jim Funk, Erick Hickenlooper 3:48
5. "The Closer I Get to You" (duet with Beyoncé) Reggie Lucas, James Mtume 6:25
6. "Lovely Day" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Ronald LaPread, Lionel Richie, Bill Withers, Clarence Scarborough 5:57
7. "Dance with My Father"   Vandross, Richard Marx 4:26
8. "She Saw You"   Marcus Miller, Vandross 5:44
9. "Apologize"   Rex Rideout, Vandross 4:59
10. "Hit It Again" (featuring Queen Latifah) Rideout, Vandross 4:37
11. "Right in the Middle"   Vandross, Vertelney 4:50
12. "Once Were Lovers"   Rideout, Fonzi Thornton, Vandross 4:34
13. "Lovely Day (Part II)" (featuring Busta Rhymes and Next) LaPread, Richie, Withers, Scarborough 3:54
14. "They Said You Needed Me"   Ivan Hampden, Jr., Vandross 4:40


  • Executive Producer: Luther Vandross
  • Producers: Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr., Shep Crawford, Marcus Miller
  • Re-mix Producers: Eddie F., Kay Gee, Darren Lighty
  • Engineers: Ray Bardani, Paul J. Falcone (Vocals), Marcus Miller, Gabriel Varde, Stan Wallace, "You Can Ask" Giz
  • Assistant Engineers: Carl Cyrius, Jason Dale, Michael McCoy, Daniel Milazzo, Claudius Mittendorfer, Flip Osman, Dave Perini, Matt Snedecor, Jason Stasium
  • Tracking: Gabriel Varde
  • Mixing: Ray Bardani, "You Can Ask" Giz
  • Mastering: Herb Powers


  • Drums: Ivan Hampden
  • Percussion: Bashiri Johnson, Skip Anderson
  • Drum & Keyboard Programming: Ivan Hampden, Richard Marx, Marcus Miller, Rex Rideout, James Porte, Reed Vertelney
  • Bass: Reggie Hamilton, Byron Miller, Jerome Ramos
  • Guitars: Phil Hamilton, Paul Jackson, Jr., Brion James, Robbie Nevil, Victor Vega, Rick Watford, Jay Williams
  • Keyboards: Nat Adderley, Jr., Skip Anderson, Chris James, Robbie Nevil
  • Harmonica: Stevie Wonder
  • Backing Vocals: Tawatha Agee, Sharon Bryant, Cissy Houston, Michael J., Joyce James, Rick McDonald, Marcus Miller, Cindy Mizelle, RL, Candace Thomas, Fonzi Thornton, Brenda White-King, James "D-Train" Williams
  • Additional Instrumentation by Shep Crawford
  • Arranged by Luther Vandross, Reed Vertelney, Rex Rideout, James Porte, Marcus Miller, Ivan Hampden, Skip Anderson & Nat Adderley Jr.
  • String Arrangements by Nat Adderley, Jr.
  • Strings Contracted by Al Brown
  • Concertmaster: Sanford Allen
  • Sound Design: Jeff Bova


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Albums Chart 41
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 1


  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Dance with My Father - Luther Vandross". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Smith, Jack. "Review of Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father". BBC Music. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  3. ^ Sweeting, Adam (2003-06-26). "Luther Vandross: Dance With My Father". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  4. ^ Jones, Vanessa (2003-06-20). "Dance With My Father Review". Entertainment Weekly: 72. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  5. ^ Nichols, Natalie (2003-06-22). "Romance with special poignancy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  6. ^ Waliszewski, Bob. "Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father - Album Review". Plugged In. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  7. ^ Walters, Barry (2003-06-03). "Dance With My Father". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  8. ^ Martens, Todd (June 18, 2003). "Ailing Vandross Dances Atop Album Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
Preceded by
St. Anger by Metallica
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
June 28, 2003
Succeeded by
After the Storm by Monica