With Luther Vandross still hospitalized as he recovers from a stroke suffered in April, a host of famous friends and fans recently joined together to star in a video for his latest single. The clip for “Dance With My Father,” the title track of his recently released J Records album, features fellow musicians, actors and even sports stars.
From the music community, the video stars Beyoncé and her father Matthew Knowles, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Monica, Wyclef Jean, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Nona Gaye, Ruben Studdard, Whitney Houston, Babyface, Brian McKnight and Johnny Gill.
“It is an expression of love and appreciation that I have for him,” Wonder said about taking part in the video. “It is just an honor to know him and for us to be friends.”
New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd also makes an appearance, as do actors the Wayans brothers, Holly Robinson Peete and Garcelle Beauvais. Along with the star power, childhood photos of Vandross and his family are also seen.
“I’m a part of this project because I got the wonderful opportunity to work with Luther,” Beyoncé said, referring to the duet “The Closer I Get To You” that appears on the “Dance With My Father” album. “When I was in the studio with him, I fell in love. He is such a special person, I just wanted to be here for him. I’ve been praying for him and am so happy that he’s doing well.”
Released last month, “Dance With My Father” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the first chart-topping album of Vandross’ career. The set has sold 914,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single is No. 15 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.