I Look To You (2009)
|Artist: Whitney Houston|
1. Million Dollar Bill
2. Nothin' But Love
3. Call You Tonight
4. I Look To You
5. Like I Never Left (feat. Akon)
6. A Song For You
7. I Didn't Know My Own Strength
8. Worth It
9. For The Lovers
10. I Got You
"The set is a nice welcome back and a new beginning for the singer. Gail Mitchell, Billboard
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Bernt Rune Stray, Donnie Lyle (guitar); Jochem van der Saag (synthesizer, drum programming); Giorgio Tuinfort, Swizz Beatz (programming); Charlotte Gibson, Courtney Blooding, Gary Houston, Tavia Ivey (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Jaycen Joshua; Dave Pensado; Andrew Hey; Jochem van der Saag; Harvey Mason, Jr. ; Marcella Araica; Phil Tan; Tony Maserati .|
|Recording information: 1221 Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Mason Sound, North Hollywood, CA; Oven Studios; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Soapbox West Studios, San Francisco, CA; Studio At The Palms, NV; The Boom Boom Room, Burbank, CA; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; Tree Sound Studios, Norcross, GA.|
|Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier.|
|Arranger: R. Kelly.|
Producer: Fernando Garibay; Larry Jackson; Giorgio Tuinfort; Clive Davis; Eric Hudson; Emanuel Kiriakou; Harvey Mason, Jr.; Alicia Keys; R. Kelly; Swizz Beatz; Whitney Houston; Aliaune Thiam
Engineer: Mikkel S. Eriksen; Chad Jolley; Adam Beyrer; Ann Mincieli; Jeff Meeks; Andros Rodriguez; Mark "Exit" Goodchild; Jochem van der Saag; Abel Garibaldi; Pat Thrall; Ian Mereness; Damien Lewis
Associated Artists and Works
|The Bodyguard [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack|
|Preacher's Wife  ~ Original Soundtrack|
|Release Date : 10/19/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 88697100332|
|Label : Arista|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886971003321|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "It is a modern soul record, a collection of sleek, often spunky love songs that aim at something more immediate and tangible than nostalgia or catharsis..."
- "[S]he seems relieved to turn to lighter stuff, like the saucy-sweet Alicia Keys collaboration 'Million Dollar Bill' and airy Akon duet 'Like I Never Left.'" -- Grade: B-
Born into a musical family on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, Whitney's success might've been foretold. Her legendary heritage is as familiar as America's greatest icons: the daughter of famed singer Cissy Houston (who made her name in the Drinkards gospel quartet, and later the Sweet Inspirations vocal group of Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley renown); and the cousin of singers Dee Dee Warwick (who introduced the original '60s versions of "You're No Good" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me") and her sister, superstar Dionne Warwick. Whitney's mother and cousins nurtured her passion for gospel music since birth. As a teenager, Whitney was already singing on the scene in New York, and records with her first young performances in the '70s and early '80s, album credits with such eclectic acts as Michael Zager, Chaka Khan, Herbie Mann, the Neville Brothers, Bill Laswell's Material, and others, are much sought-after collectors items.
In 1983, near the end of Arista's first mega-successful decade of operation, Clive Davis was taken to a New York nightclub where Whitney was performing, and signed her on the spot. Two years went into the making of her debut album, but the results were worth it. The self-titled Whitney Houston (March 1985) launched Arista's second decade, and yielded a string of hits including "You Give Good Love" and three consecutive #1 singles, the Grammy-winning "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know," and "The Greatest Love of All," which has become a veritable anthem. Not only did the album establish her as an important new recording artist, but it went on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S., plus many millions more abroad. This LP set the record as the biggest selling debut album by a solo artist.
With over 170 million combined album, singles and videos sold worldwide during her career with Arista Records, Whitney Houston has established a benchmark for superstardom that will quite simply never be eclipsed in the modern era. She is a singer's singer who has influenced countless other vocalists, female and male.
Music historians cite Whitney's record-setting achievements: the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits ("Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"); the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 (her second album, Whitney, 1987); and the only artist with seven consecutive multi-platinum albums (Whitney Houston, Whitney, I'm Your Baby Tonight, The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, and The Preacher's Wife soundtracks, and My Love Is Your Love).
In fact, The Bodyguard soundtrack is one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all-time (at 17x-platinum in the U.S. alone), and Whitney's career-defining version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" is the biggest-selling U.S. single of all-time (at 4x-platinum).