There’s a much deserving Luther Vandross documentary in the works.
Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division, in collaboration with Sony Music Publishing, Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Productions, and Colin Firth’s Raindog Films, has embarked on an ambitious project to produce the first-ever documentary on the life and career of the late Luther Vandross. Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter, this documentary aims to shed light on the remarkable journey of the eight-time Grammy winner, who tragically passed away in 2005 at the age of 54.
Luther Vandross initially rose to prominence as a backup singer for iconic artists such as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, and David Bowie. However, it was his debut album, “Never Too Much,” released in 1981, that catapulted him to solo stardom. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, Vandross achieved remarkable success, with most of his albums reaching platinum or double platinum status. His exceptional talent was evident through five Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including chart-toppers like “Here and Now,” “Endless Love,” and “Power of Love/Love Power.” Furthermore, he earned an impressive 27 Top 10 hits on the R&B chart, including seven number-one hits, solidifying his place as one of the most influential pop artists in history. His contributions to music were recognized with 33 Grammy nominations throughout his career.
In 2003, Vandross suffered a stroke that resulted in his absence from the 2004 Grammy Awards, where he was honored with four prestigious accolades, including Song of the Year for his heartfelt ballad, “Dance With My Father.” The upcoming documentary aims to celebrate Vandross as one of the greatest singers in the history of music while delving into the personal struggles he faced throughout his life.
Foxx, expressing his admiration for Vandross, stated, “Luther is one of our GOATs. He’s one of the greatest singers in the history of music. It is truly an honor to be a part of the team to help bring this incredible story to the masses.” Foxx joins an esteemed team of producers, including Trish D Chetty and Ged Doherty from Raindog Films, as well as Datari Turner and Foxx himself, representing Foxxhole Productions. Leah Smith, from Trilogy Films, serves as a producer, while the Estate of Luther Vandross and estate partner Primary Wave Music are also actively involved in supporting the documentary. Furthermore, executive producers from Sony Non-Fiction Television, Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony Music Publishing, including Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Tom Mackay, Richard Story, Jon Platt, and Brian Monaco, bring their expertise to this highly anticipated project.
Renowned filmmaker Dawn Porter, known for her captivating documentaries such as “The Ladybird Diaries,” “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” “The Way I See It,” and “Bobby Kennedy for President,” as well as the critically acclaimed “Trapped,” is spearheading the documentary. Porter expressed her excitement about uncovering the breadth and scope of Vandross’ artistry, remarking that audiences will be pleasantly surprised by his remarkable accomplishments within his tragically short life. The documentary will provide a glimpse into Vandross’ private life through access to his never-before-seen personal archive, a privilege granted by his closest friends and family.
The announcement of this documentary follows the news that filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk is also working on a Vandross biopic, based on Craig Seymour’s book, “Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross.” With both projects in development, the world can anticipate a comprehensive exploration of Vandross’ extraordinary legacy, bringing his story to the forefront of cultural conversation.
Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content group is responsible for distributing the forthcoming documentary, which promises to be a compelling tribute to Luther Vandross. As fans and music enthusiasts eagerly await its release, they can anticipate a heartfelt and enlightening exploration of the artist’s unparalleled talent, global impact, and personal journey. The collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Publishing, Foxxhole Productions, and Raindog Films, coupled with the vision of acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter, ensures that this documentary will be a fitting tribute to the enduring legacy of Luther Vandross.
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