Close To You
Music video post-production project for "Close To You" by Vanessa Williams. Directed by Canadian-born celebrity photographer, director, television personality, former model, spokesperson, creative director, and actor Mike Ruiz. Post-Production was performed by Matyas Kelemen.
Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures, and has sold millions of albums worldwide. Vanessa has also achieved widespread critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.
Vanessa releases her thirteenth album and debut for Concord Records entitled The Real Thing. The collection marks a return to her love for the rhythms of jazz and Latin music, an integral part of her musical roots. In addition, The Real Thing delves into the sophisticated pop and R&B that have been the hallmark of her dynamic musical career. From the two new songs penned for the CD by Babyface (“Loving You” and “Just Friends”) to “Hello Like Before” by Bill Withers to Stevie Wonder’s “The Real Thing” to Babel Gilberto’s “Close To You,” The Real Thing taps into the wide breadth of Williams’ musicality and artistry.
Vanessa made her film debut in 1986 in “Under the Gun.” She has starred in such features as “Eraser,” “Hoodlum,” “Soul Food,” “Dance With Me,” “Light It Up,” “Shaft” and “Johnson Family Vacation.” She starred recently in the independent features, “My Brother” and “Somebody Like You” and co-stars in Disney’s new feature film, “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”
On television, Vanessa has starred in such movies and mini-series as “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “The Boy Who Loved Christmas,” “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” ABC’s revival of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Nothing Lasts Forever,” “The Odyssey,” “Don Quixote” and “Keep the Faith, Baby,” and she executive produced and starred in Lifetime’s “The Courage to Love” for Lifetime and the VH1 Original Movie, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” She stars in ABC’s critically-acclaimed hit series, “Ugly Betty,” currently in its third season, and for which she has won or been nominated for numerous individual and ensemble awards, including the Emmy, SAG Award, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Awards.