Luther Vandross had built up quite a resumé as a top jingles singer, background vocalist, arranger, and session vocalist when he was approached by Italian producer Jacques Fred Petrus who founded the Italian dance music band Change. Vandross had sung on numerous records by Chic and had occupied the lead vocal slot on the dance classic "Papillion (aka "Hot Butterfly") by Greg Diamond's Bionic Boogie (the song was later covered by Chaka Khan on her Naughty LP). Originally hired as a background singer, it was later suggested that he sing lead vocals on a song. Having a highly successful jingle/background vocalist career and wanting nothing to do with anything that would mess that up, Vandross made two stipulations. First, that if he was unsatisfied with his performance, he could have the engineer erase it right then and there. Second, that his name be printed on the record as the lead vocalist. "The Glow of Love" is a startling introduction to Vandross' dazzling singing style. There's a strong Chic influence to the track and the upbeat lyric is married perfectly to Vandross' vocals. Considered a classic, "The Glow of Love," written by arranger Mario Malavasi, bassist David Romani, and Wayne Garfield, curiously peaked at number 49 R&B during its initial release, even though the smooth, catchy track was the follow-up to "A Lover's Holiday" (Top Five R&B/Top 40 pop) and "Searching" (number 23 R&B). The Glow of Love album went gold, peaking at number ten R&B and number 29 pop. A sample from Change's "The Glow of Love" was used as the basis for Janet Jackson's mega-selling number one R&B/pop single "All for You" from her 2001 album All for You.