Your Secret Love – Luther Vandross | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#52) & R&B (#15); 1996

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Luther Vandross was making some serious money doing studio vocal and commercial jingle work so when the producer of Change asked him to take some leads, Luther wanted to make sure his new role wouldn’t jeopardize his solid income. He stepped up on Searching and The Glow Of Love and – even though they didn’t sell well – radio deejays began mentioning his name. That acknowledgement prodded Luther into making a demo that included a track which became his first #1 record: Never Too Much. Luther stayed with his solo gig, consistently cracking the R&B Top 10, and scoring six more #1’s between 1987 and 1992. Except for Endless Love, a smash duet with Mariah Carey in 1994, Luther’s recording career cooled off for four years. Then, in 1996, he returned to the R&B Top 5 with Your Secret Love. Written with Philip Vertelney, who’d also co-composed 1994’s Heaven Knows, Your Secret Love won Luther a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance – Male.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Luther Vandross

Lyrics Written by:

  • L. Vandross
  • Reed Vertelney