Alfa Anderson, one of the original lead vocalists for Chic, has taken the time out to release a new single to celebrate the birthday of Luther Vandross.
Titled “When Luther Sings,” Alfa Anderson’s public tribute to the late, great soul-and-R&B-singer, honors her longtime friend on what would have been his 66th revolution around the sun. Written by Anderson and co-produced by Bert Price, the single is the first effort from her long-awaited debut solo album, From My Heart, which is slated for release this summer.
“The song is autobiographical in many ways,” Anderson said in a released statement. “As our professional relationship grew, he taught me so much about vocal technique and stage presence. As a matter of fact, Luther is one of the co-creators of the Chic vocal sound. I am forever grateful for the doors he opened for me and for the golden friendship we shared.”
For those unaware, Alfa was a strong and solid member of Luther’s touring band, having performed at Wembley Stadium and other prestigious venues around the world. If you listen closely, you can hear her vocals on Give Me the Reason and The Night I Fell in Love, the latter which Rolling Stone voted as one of the 100 Best Albums of the ’80s.
With a musical bond formed thanks to a chance meeting at a rehearsal studio in New York City, Alfa Anderson became part of a cadre of in-demand session singers. It was actually Luther who invited her to a vocal session for Chic with Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson and Norma Jean Wright.
And you know how successful that story went…
Listen to “When Luther Sings” below and brush up on your musical history when From My Heart drops on all platforms this summer.