Just Whitney CD (2002)

Artist: Whitney Houston

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With over 120 million albums and 50 million singles sold worldwide, Whitney Houston has already established an unparalleled legacy for herself. Yet rather than bathe in past glory, the singer who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists now steps right back front and center with Just Whitney her first album of the 21st century. "This album for me is about surviving, raising a family, being a wife or girlfriend and all the challenges that go along with those things," says Ms. Houston. "These songs are more about creating a mood than about anything in particular." The A-list hitmakers and producers who contributed to this album were handpicked by Whitney and Arista President and CEO, Antonio "L.A." Reid. Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Missy Elliott, Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs, Teddy Bishop and Gordon Chambers are among some of the producers who assisted Whitney in crafting an album that is a timely testament to her endurance as a musical icon. The album is a diverse blend of ballads including "Try It On My Own," (written by Babyface and Carole Bayer Sager), "My Love," in which Whitney duets with her husband Bobby Brown and a powerhouse remake of "You Light Up My Life" (originally released by Debbie Boone in 1977). Songs with hip grooves such as "Love That Man" and the old-school style jam "Things You Say" (which was written and produced by Missy Elliott) are also among the album's tracks.


Label Arista Records
SKU 60575923
UPC 078221474726
UPC 14 00078221474726
Format CD
Release Date 12/10/2002
Author Whitney Houston
Associated Artist/Work Carey, Mariah
Associated Artist/Work Houston, Cissy
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sparks, Jordin
Associated Artist/Work Tesca, Gary
Associated Artist/Work Warwick, Dionne
Technical Info
Engineer Terrence Cash; Mike White; Kevin Guarnieri; Cortez Farris; Scott Kieklak; Ted Bishop; Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs; Paul Boutin
Producer Kenny Bereal; Charile "CSUN" Bereal; Gordon Chambers; Ted Bishop; Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs; Missy Elliott; Muhammad 2G; Rob Fusari; Babyface; Troy Taylor; Whitney Houston; Rickey Minor; Bobby Brown
CatalogID 14747
Lable Name Arista
Released 12/10/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00078221474726
Musical Guests
Bobby Brown
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Whitney Houston (vocals); Michael Thompson, Greg Charley (guitar); Greg Phillanganes (piano); Wayne Linsy (Fender Rhodes piano); Teddy Bishop (keyboards, programming); Nathan East, Reggie Hamilton (bass); Ricky Lawson (drums); Babyface, Kenya Ivey, Gordon Chambers, Tweet, Sharlotte K. Gibson, Gary Houston, Sheree Ford-Payne, Latrelle Ford-Payne, Sonnie Giddieons, Antonique Smith (background vocals).
Producers include: Antonio "La" Reid, babyface, She'kspere, Missy Elliot.
DVD includes "Whatchulookinat" video and "Whitney Houston Megamix" video.
Personnel: Whitney Houston (vocals, background vocals); Greg Charley, Michael Hart Thompson (guitar); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Wayne Linsey (Fender Rhodes piano); Ted Bishop (keyboards, drum programming); Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs (midi); Ricky Lawson (drums); Troy Taylor (programming); Sharlotte Gibson, Antonique Smith , Latrelle, Gordon Chambers, Gary Houston, Sherree Ford-Payne, Tweet, Kenya Ivey (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Manny Marroquin; Jon Gass; Mick Guzauski.
Recording information: Atlanta Premier Recordings, Atlanta, GA; Brandon's Way Recording, LA, CA; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Crossways Studios, NJ; Groove Factor Studios, Atlanta, GA; Silent Sound, Atlanta, GA; Sonikwire Studios, Irvine, CA; The Hit Factory-Criteria, Miami, FL; Westlake Studios, LA, CA.
Photographer: Sheryl Nields.
Arrangers: Ted Bishop; Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs.
Scads of personal drama may have been central to Whitney Houston's life subsequent to the release of 1998's MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE, but 2002's triumphant JUST WHITNEY proved to be a nice comeback. Surrounded by a top-shelf talent pool of producers including Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Babyface, and Missy Elliott, Houston struck gold. Highlights range from the playful "One of Those Days" (featuring a sample of The Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets") and juicy Missy-penned-and-produced slow jam "Things You Say" (featuring harmonies by Tweet) to the defiant "Unashamed".
Unsurprisingly, this defensive attitude continues to pop up whether it's in the line "I'll live my life the way I feel/ No matter what I'll keep it real" punctuating "Try It On My Own" or the stand-by-my man Bobby Brown duet "My Love." Even Houston's cover of '70s schmaltzfest "You Light Up My Life" seems like an attempt to capture lightning in a bottle a la "I Will Always Love You." JUST WHITNEY proved to be a nice rebound for a massive talent whose recent public attention revolved far too little around her God-given musical talent.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, pp.79-80) - "...In her third decade as a diva, Houston remains a formidable role model for IDOL wannabes, proving that a great voice goes a long way toward kicking adversity in the butt." - Rating: B-
Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, pp.79-80) - "...In her third decade as a diva, Houston remains a formidable role model for IDOL wannabes, proving that a great voice goes a long way toward kicking adversity in the butt." - Rating: B-
Disc 1
1 One Of Those Days
2 Tell Me No
3 Things You Say
4 My Love - (featuring Bobby Brown)
5 Love That Man
6 Try It On My Own
7 Dear John Letter
8 Unashamed
9 You Light Up My Life
10 Whatchulookinat
Entertainment Weekly Has a refreshing old-school vibe.

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