Award winning and Grammy nominated R&B, gospel and pop singer Ruben Studdard released “Ruben Sings Luther,” his first album in four year. Studdard, known as the “Velvet Teddy Bear” and American Idol Season 2 winner, pays homage to multiple Grammy award-winning singer, writer, and producer Luther Vandross who passed away in 2005.
Studdard is well known for skillfully covering popular songs recorded by music legends. It comes at no surprise that he would return to the music world after a four-year recording hiatus with a solid release of nostalgic songs made famous by Vandross.
“In my young teens, I would perform a Luther song or two at weddings and people would keep requesting more of his hits,” said Studdard. “ I recorded ‘Superstar’ awhile back which was Grammy nominated and sang different Luther songs during my live shows.”
In conjunction with the new release, Studdard embarks on a 25-city “Always and Forever” tour with a stop at The Rose, 245 East Green Street in Pasadena (California) on April 11, 2018. Doors open at 6 pm with opening sets by H’Atina G and The Millen Sisters at 7 pm. Studdard’s approximately 90-minute set begins at 9 pm.
“I am excited and proud of my latest project “Ruben Sings Luther,” which dropped on March 16, 2018,” said Studdard. “For years, people have asked me when I would record Luther’s songs.”
Studdard finally answers his fans’ persistent requests and delivers a 10-song album dedicated to Vandross’ legacy of timeless music. “My goal was to not only to pay tribute to Luther but to add my own passion on top of Luther’s brilliant songs,” he said. “I picked the songs that I thought I sounded good singing. I felt that the “House is Not a Home,” which is a Burt Bacharach song not a Luther original, to be my best.”
Ruben Sings Luther Playlist:
- “Always and Forever”
- “Never Too Much”
- “So Amazing”
- “Don’t You Know That”
- “Bad Boy/Having a Party”
- “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”
- “Here and Now”
- “Til My Baby Comes Home”
- “A House Is Not a Home”