1986 Luther Vandross – Give Me A Reason

Give Me The Reason is the fifth studio album by American R&B/soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released on September 19, 1986 issued by Epic Records. The album earned Vandross an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and a nomination for “Favorite Soul/R&B Album” in 1988, while the title track was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male at the 29th Grammy Awards.

The album also includes Vandross’ first Billboard top-20 pop hit, “Stop to Love.” It also marked a svelte, thinner Vandross due to a weight loss earlier in the year. The album went on to sell over 2 million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition to the title track and “Stop to Love,” the album features three other hit singles: “So Amazing”, “There’s Nothing Better Than Love” (duet with Gregory Hines), and “I Really Didn’t Meant It.”


Stop To Love (Luther Vandross; Nat Adderley Jr) 05:09
See Me (Luther Vandross; Marcus Miller) 05:27
3  I Gave It Up (When I Fell In Love) (Luther Vandross; Marcus Miller) 04:44
4  So Amazing (Luther Vandross) 03:41
5  Give Me The Reason (Luther Vandross; Nat Adderley Jr) 04:45
6  There’s Nothing Better Than Love (Luther Vandross; Skip Anderson) 04:42
7  I Really Didn’t Mean It (Luther Vandross; Marcus Miller) 05:41
8  Because It’s Really Love (Luther Vandross) 06:12
9  Anyone Who Had A Heart (Burt Bacharach; Hal David) 05:44


BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
SynthesizerMarcus Miller
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
SynthesizerJason Miles
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsMyrna Smith Schilling
Background VocalsAlfa Anderson
Background VocalsLisa Fischer
Background VocalsCheryl Lynn
Background VocalsMichelle Cobbs
Background VocalsPaulette McWilliams
Background VocalsAva Cherry
Background VocalsCharlotte Crossley
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsKevin Owens
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsMarcus Miller
VocalsLuther Vandross

Other Musicians

3 I Gave It Up (When I Fell In Love)

SaxKirk Whalum

6 There’s Nothing Better Than Love

VocalsGregory Hines

7 I Really Didn’t Mean It

GuitarIra Siegel

9 Anyone Who Had A Heart

SaxKirk Whalum

Liner Notes

Producer – Luther Vandross
Producer – Marcus Miller (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Producer (Executive) – Larkin Arnold
Arranged By (Rhythm, Synthesizer) – Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller (Tracks 2, 3, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Nat Adderley, Skip Anderson (Track 6)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Luther Vandross
Coordinator – Marsha Burns
Engineer – Ray Bardani
Mixed By – Ray Bardani

Mastered At Sterling Sound
Mixed At Westlake Studios
Recorded At AIR Studios, Montserrat
Recorded At Minot Sound
Recorded At Westlake Studios
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