The Comfort Zone is the second studio album from American singer and actress Vanessa Williams. It is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this weekend. The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards: Best R&B Vocal Performance Female, Best Pop Vocal Performance Female, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best R&B Vocal Performance Female.
"Running Back To You" was the lead single for the album and it's music video is certainly an embodiment of the early 90s with its styles and colours. It was one of the songs nominated for the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy.
The second single was the title track off the album, "The Comfort Zone." Williams originally wanted this to be the lead single but the label wen with "Running Back To You" as they felt it was more energetic for the summertime release. "The Comfort Zone" was the other song nominated for the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at that years Grammys.
"Save The Best for Last" was the third single and is often considered Williams' signature song. It would earn Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It's also Williams' highest charting song here in New Zealand peaking at #15 on the RMNZ chart.
"Just For Tonight" was the fourth single. A solid quiet storm format song that tells the story about a woman who wants to share one more night with her lover before their relationship ends. "Just For Tonight" peaked at #45 here in NZ. The fifth and final single from The Comfort Zone was "Work To Do." It's a cover of a 1972 song from The Isley Brothers which deals with the lack of quality time spent in a relationship.
Vanessa Williams is a name not mentioned in a lot of conversations regarding R&B singers, to be fair she is known more for her acting and a scandal with Playboy magazine. But she certainly produced some quality records and any true R&B fan is certainly aware of her contributions. If you aren't we def invite and encourage you to check out her sophomore album The Comfort Zone which is definitely a hidden gem.