After being pressured into giving up her Miss America crown in 1984 because she posed nude when she was 19, Vanessa Williams found her comfort zone as a singer, with a successful debut album in 1988. Her first single, "The Right Stuff
," was co-written by Kipper Jones, who joined forces with the producer Reggie Stewart to write "The Comfort Zone" for Williams, which became the title track to her second album.
Jones and Stewart gathered intel for the song by visiting Williams on the set of the movie Another You
, which she starred in alongside Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. She told them she was in a good place, a comfortable place. Jones used that conversation as the basis for the lyric, and Stewart put the track together with a Soul II Soul vibe.