As I Am

As I Am

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by Kristin Chenoweth
     
 

Kristin Chenoweth's 2001 album was a collection of standards that showcased her winning soprano and remarkable ability to shift from Broadway brassy to "My Funny Valentine" sultry at the turn of a note. Let Yourself Go was a great follow-up to her 1999 Tony win for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. But since thenSee more details below

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Kristin Chenoweth's 2001 album was a collection of standards that showcased her winning soprano and remarkable ability to shift from Broadway brassy to "My Funny Valentine" sultry at the turn of a note. Let Yourself Go was a great follow-up to her 1999 Tony win for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. But since then Chenoweth has branched out from Broadway, particularly into acting (she joined the cast of West Wing in 2004), and As I Am reflects her higher profile. It's a personal album that mixes country and adult contemporary instrumentation in a set featuring hymnal book standards and contemporary Christian favorites. Chenoweth herself is pictured in relaxed cotton separates -- every bit the attractive, approachable celebrity -- and there isn't a Broadway tune in the bunch. As I Am begins with "It Will Be Me." A pedal steel helps the 1999 Faith Hill tune retain its country-pop feel, but there's also a slickness suitable to Chenoweth's flawless vocal. "Because He Lives" has a similar modern country sheen, while "Joyful, Joyful"'s rich arrangement for strings and piano gives the vocalist a stage for a little of that Broadway expression. Diane Warren's pristine "Borrowed Angels" is destined for lite FM radio, and Chenoweth dedicates "There Will Never Be Another" to Amy Grant. Though its slickness is suited to the material, As I Am can also seem to flutter inside its own perfect globe, untouched by the elements and radiant as Chenoweth's golden hair. That's why a version of the traditional "Poor, Wayfaring Stranger" is so refreshing with its warm B-3 tones and subtly expressive vocal, and the fun closer "Taylor, the Latte Boy" -- about Kristin's crush on her Starbucks barista -- is so important. These songs further personalize As I Am; they add a layer of realness to its shiny dedications of faith.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969348321
catalogNumber:
93483
Rank:
75297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristin Chenoweth   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt   Harp
David Davidson   Violin
Christine Dente   Background Vocals
Scott Dente   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
John Hammond   Drums,Hand Drums
Brandon Harris   Guitar,Horn
Tom Howard   Conductor
Mark Ivey   Group Member
Clydene Jackson   Group Member
Jimmy Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar
Rick Muchow   Group Member
Carmen Twillie   Group Member
Maxine Willard Waters   Group Member
Oren Waters   Group Member
Felicia Sorensen   Background Vocals
Taylor Harris   Keyboards
Joy Wise   Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran   Group Member
Jan Harris   Background Vocals
David Loucks   Group Member
Matt Slocum   Cello
Jeff Roach   Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Angel Cruz   Background Vocals
Vangie Gunn   Group Member
Delores Cox   Choir, Chorus
Melinda Doolittle   Choir, Chorus
Kent Hooper   Keyboards
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Keri Payne   Group Member
Prague Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Ashley Anderson   Background Vocals
Anna Flaut   Background Vocals
Jason Eskridge   Choir, Chorus
Ron Robinson   Guitar
Christian Harris   Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Angel Smythe   Group Member
Lyndsey Lloyd Wallace   Group Member
Gary Burnett   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phillip Keveren   Piano
Debbie Selby   Choir, Chorus
Melody Davis   Group Member
Nissi Walls   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mary Mitchell Campbell   Piano
Drew Cline   Choir, Chorus
Tim Davis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Brown Bannister   Composer
Bill Gaither   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Cindy Cruse   Composer
Richie Biggs   overdub engineer
David Davidson   String Arrangements
Brandon Harris   overdub engineer
Chris Harris   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Tom Howard   Arranger
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Tom Laune   Engineer
Hugh Prestwood   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Jerry Wise   Composer
Taylor Harris   overdub engineer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Gloria Gaither   Composer
Dony McGuire   Composer
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Charlotte Elliot   Composer
Henry VanDyke   Composer
Paul Cremo   Executive Producer
J.B. Baird   overdub engineer
Kent Hooper   Programming,String Arrangements,overdub engineer
Pete Kipley   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bart Millard   Composer
Zina Goldrich   Composer
Tim Davis   Vocal Arrangements
Hank Williams   Mastering

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