As I Am

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969348321
  • Catalog Number: 93483
  • Sales rank: 1,044

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, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Vibrant, Joyful and Moving

    Kristin's voice and range is a wonderful mix that often gave me goosebumps listening to her album. Her interpretations of the songs are beautiful. I purchased this as a birthday gift for my sister, but listened to it first before 'gifting it'. I loved what I heard and now have to buy another copy! My sister loves it too! I wouldn't call myself a real religious person (unlike my sister), but was raised in the church and loved hearing the songs on this album. Kristen's voice is angelic. She includes one fun, atypical song on this album that just warms your heart, but you'll have to buy it to find out what it is...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BIG Kristin Chenoweth fan!

    I absolutely LOVE Kristin Chenoweth! She has the most incredible voice, which really comes out in this incredible album! Kristin Chenoweth is my all-time FAVORITE singer,and I think this album is absolutely AMAZING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kristin Chenoweth has a beautiful voice

    Since "Wicked" she's moved to solo albums. I love the first song 'It will be me'. This is a once in a life time soundtrack. Kristin has recently played Glinda in Wicked. She has an amazing voice. I love her and she is also beautiful. Right on Kristin. I love you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    REVIEW NOT CORRECT

    Kristen Chenoweth did not write taylor the latte boy. Many people have sang that song. I Reccomend Susan Egans version. However this is still a great cd and it is a definite buy for any lover of wicked, charlie brown, or a vocalist enthusiast

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who can say if Kristin has "changed for the better" ?

    Unlike her earlier album, "Let Yourself Go", which was mostly big-band music, she has changed the genre a bit. Stepping away from broadway she has chosen some lovely CCM (Christian Contemp.) and Country. No matter what she sings, her voice is simply pure and holds the range and emotion needed to give the song zest! I am deeply attatched to the song "Taylor the Latte Boy", for it shows that Kristin is not only a talented singer, she is a talented writer. Give this cd a listen, it's a sure buy!

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