Willa Was Here CD (2001)

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WILLA WAS HERE, the dynamic Lava/Atlantic debut from 20-year-old Willa Ford, is as smart and sexy as the talented young singer whose name it bears. Urban-influenced dance pop tracks such as "Ooh Ohh" and "Prince Charming" reveal an artist with extraordinary confidence, not to mention an enormously soulful and strong singing voice. The brash first single, "I Wanna Be Bad," co-written with KNS, and produced by Brian & Josh - perfectly sums up Ford's tell-it-like-it-is world view. "I'm about to break all the rules," she sings, and with the irresistibility self-assured WILLA WAS HERE, it's abundantly clear that Willa Ford is going to live up to her promise.

Specifications

Label Wea/atlantic/lava
SKU 60490146
UPC 075678343728
UPC 14 00075678343728
Format CD
Release Date 7/17/2001
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Author Willa Ford
Technical Info
CatalogID 83437
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 07/17/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 12s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678343728
Album Notes and Credits
This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Personnel includes: Willa Ford (vocals); Brian Kieruif (various instruments, programming); Bob Robinson (guitar, piano); Gerry Leonard, Masa Shimizu, Josh Schwartz (guitar); Tim Kelley (keyboards, bass, drums, programming); Andy Marvel, Eve Nelson (keyboards, programming); Robin Daniels (percussion); Darius, Kenny Gioia (programming); Rob Fusari, Jen Carr, Sabelle Breer (background vocals).
Producers include: DJ Skribble, Anthony Acid, Kenny Gioia, Rob Fusari, Andy Marvel.
Engineers include: Stephen George, Benjamin Jelen, Andy Marvel.
Personnel: Willa Ford (vocals); Bob Robinson (guitar, piano); Gerry Leonard , Masa Shimizu (guitar); Tim Kelley (keyboards, drums, programming); Eve Nelson, Andy Marvel (keyboards, programming); Michael Nigro (keyboards); Falonte Moore, Rob Fusari (programming); Darius (keyboard programming); Sheppard (drum programming); Jennifer Carr (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Eve Nelson; Sheppard; Bonzai Jim Caruso; Jim Caruso; Andy Marvel; Rob Chiarelli; Rob Fusari.
Recording information: 22nd Street Studios, New York, NY; Battery Studios, New York, NY; Big Baby Recording, New York, NY; Chung King, New York, NY; Dojo, Jackson, NJ; Hirsh Compound, Los Angeles, CA; Milkman Studios, NJ; ProTopia, New York, NY; Record Plant, LA, CA; Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Soundtracks Recording Studio, New York, NY; Soundtracks, New York, NY; The DOJO, Jackson, NJ; The Hirsh Compound, LA, CA.
Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Arranger: Andy Marvel.
No Britney-style worries about teen sexuality for Willa Ford--she's already made that headlong leap with her first single, "I Wanna Be Bad," a self-explanatory foray into the realms of wild childhood that simultaneously titillates and stakes the singer's claim to Spears's faux-bad girl territory. The inside biker chick picture is highly likely to grace not a few teen lockers and bedrooms, too.
Though its fairly obvious which songs matter here--the aforementioned "I Wanna Be Bad," the sassy "Did Ya' Understand That," and the slow-burning "Tender"--the rest of WILLA WAS HERE is equally easy on the ear. Ford's debut follows the contemporary pop/R&B-based template to the letter, but the vocal arrangements, apparently mostly by the singer herself, are always engaging, particularly on the pleading, classical-inflected "Don't You Wish." There's a nice Eurythmics quote on "Somebody Take the Pain Away," while "Prince Charming" is evidence that Ford hasn't totally abandoned her adolescence yet.
Disc 1
1 I Wanna Be Bad
2 Did Ya' Understand That
3 Ooh Ooh
4 Tired
5 Joke's On You
6 Tender
7 Don't You Wish
8 Prince Charming
9 Somebody Take The Pain Away
10 Haunted Heart
11 Dare

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