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Preachers Wife CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60133347
UPC: 078221895125
UPC 14: 00078221895125
Release Date: 11/26/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Believe In You And Me - Whitney Houston ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Step By Step - Whitney Houston ~ Original Soundtrack
3. Joy - Whitney Houston/Georgia Mass Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
4. Hold On, Help Is On The Way - Whitney Houston/Georgia Mass Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
5. I Go To The Rock - Whitney Houston/Georgia Mass Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
6. I Love The Lord - Whitney Houston/Georgia Mass Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
7. Somebody Bigger Than You And I - Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown/Faith Evans/Johnny Gill/Monica/Ralph Tresvant ~ Original Soundtrack
8. You Were Loved - Whitney Houston ~ Original Soundtrack
9. My Heart Is Calling - Whitney Houston ~ Original Soundtrack
10. I Believe In You And Me - Whitney Houston (record version) ~ Original Soundtrack
11. Step By Step - Whitney Houston (remix) ~ Original Soundtrack
12. Who Would Imagine A King - Whitney Houston ~ Original Soundtrack
13. He's All Over Me - Whitney Houston/Shirley Caesar/Georgia Mass Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
14. Lord Is My Shepherd, The - Cissy Houston/Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
15. Joy To The World - Whitney Houston/Georgia Mass Choir ~ Original Soundtrack
Whitney’s lifelong dream of creating a pop/gospel album was realized in November 1996, when Arista released the original motion picture soundtrack album for The Preacher’s Wife, the biggest selling gospel album in Billboard chart history. Nurtured by her mother, R&B/gospel star Cissy Houston (an original member of the Sweet Inspirations) and her legendary cousin Dionne Warwick, Whitney’s passion for gospel music has been there since birth. Her collaboration with an extraordinary roster of producers and artists resulted in one of the most unique albums to date. Whitney sang lead vocals on 14 of the album’s 15 tracks, including the beautiful first single "I Believe In You And Me," "Step By Step" (written by Annie Lennox), and two songs produced by Grammy award-winner Babyface. In addition, Cissy Houston sang solo on a special track, "The Lord Is My Shepherd," in which she turned the familiar 23rd Psalm into a spiritually touching song by adding music to the standard prayer. The gospel-driven tracks on the album were co-produced by Whitney and Grammy/Dove award winner Mervyn Warren (Sister Act I and Sister Act II). Other luminaries on the album included Shirley Caesar and the Georgia Mass Choir.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Producers: Mervyn Warren, Whitney Houston, Stephen Lipson, Rickey Minor, Babyface, David Foster.
Muze PNote Engineers: Frank Wolf, Michael White, Heff Moraes, Joseph Magee, Wayne Linsey, Paul Ericksen, Brad Gilderman, Felipe Elgueta, Tony Shepard, Ron Banks.
Muze PNote THE PREACHER'S WIFE was nominated for a 1988 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "I Believe In You And Me" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Muze PNote That renaissance gal is at it again. As in THE BODYGUARD, Whitney Houston does double duty as star and soundtrack provider for THE PREACHER'S WIFE. Don't look for her to be sticking to the commercial pop-R&B sound that served her so well on her last soundtrack album, though. THE PREACHER'S WIFE finds Houston reaching back to her roots in gospel, and collaborating with some stellar gospel artists, including her mother, Cissy.
Muze PNote Several cuts here, including "Hold On, Help Is On The Way" and "I Go To The Rock," find the soulful Georgia Mass Choir supporting Houston in her return to the fold. On "He's All Over Me," Houston is joined by gospel great Shirley Caesar as well. On a more modern tip, Houston delivers "Somebody Bigger Than You And I," accompanied by a veritable who's-who of contemporary R&B, including her husband, Bobby Brown, and Brown's New Edition bandmates Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. THE PREACHER'S WIFE not only shows where Houston is headed, it proves she hasn't forgotten where she's been.
Muze PNote Personnel: Marc Nelson, Whitney Houston (vocals, background vocals); Shanice, Shanna, Babyface (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Dave Way; Dave Reitzas; Frank Wolf; Jon Gass; Mick Guzauski; Steve Lipson; John Hanes .
Muze PNote Audio Remixer: Teddy Riley.
Muze PNote Recording information: Aquarium Studio, London, England; Brandon's Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Capitol Studios, L.A., CA; Chartmaker Studios, Malibu, CA; Crossway Studios, Mendham, NJ; Greater Rising Star Church, Atlanta, GA; Hideaway Studio, Pomona, CA; Larrabee Studios North, Universal City, CA; Ocean Way Studios, L.A., CA; O'Henry's, Burbank, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Remote Recording Services; Schnee Studio, N. Hollywood, CA; Signet Studios, L.A., CA; Sony Studios, N.Y.C., NY; WEstlake STudios, L.A., CA.
Muze PNote Photographers: David Lee ; Sante d'Orazio.
Muze PNote Arranger: David Foster.
Muze PNote Like The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale before it, The Preacher's Wife is a soundtrack that also functions as a Whitney Houston album, but that's where the similarity ends. Where The Bodyguard was adult contemporary pop at its finest and Waiting to Exhale was a virtual encyclopedia of mid-'90s mainstream black pop, The Preacher's Wife is an attempt at gospel-soul. Much of the music on the soundtrack was composed by Babyface, who normally can pull off such fusion. Babyface's pop material and David Foster's production of Houston's "I Believe in You and Me" are the most successful cuts, bar Kirk Franklin's exuberant "Joy," which utterly puts the other gospel cuts on the album to shame. So, there are enough strong cuts to make The Preacher's Wife worthwhile, but anyone who is looking for Houston strutting like a diva will likely be disappointed. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Fired Up! 2
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Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs 3
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1980'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call The 80S Volume
Muze Music Compilations Wow Gospel 2010
Muze Music Compilations Slow Grind
Muze Music Compilations Sparkle (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations This Is The End (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:teddy Pendergrass
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Movies
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Essential Teddy Pendergrass
Muze Music Compilations Platinum & Gold Collection
Muze Music Compilations Bodyguard (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Carey, Mariah
Houston, Cissy
Original Soundtrack
The Bodyguard [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Sparks, Jordin
Tesca, Gary
Warwick, Dionne

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/26/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 07822189512
Music Label Name Label : Arista
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00078221895125

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