Day by Day

Day by Day

by Terry Steele
     
 
Before he started singing lead for Hiroshima in 1999, Terry Steele was a perfect example of someone who had made a good living as a behind-the-scenes person. Steele's urban/adult contemporary songs were recorded by major artists like Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick

Overview

Before he started singing lead for Hiroshima in 1999, Terry Steele was a perfect example of someone who had made a good living as a behind-the-scenes person. Steele's urban/adult contemporary songs were recorded by major artists like Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Patti LaBelle in the '80s or '90s, but as a vocalist, he wasn't terribly visible -- not until he joined Hiroshima. And the Hiroshima connection certainly can't hurt this ballad-heavy solo outing, which offers exactly the sort of romantic urban/quiet storm/adult contemporary blend one would expect from the man who co-wrote "Here and Now" for Luther Vandross. Occasionally, Day by Day detours into hip-hop-minded neo-soul territory; the autobiographical "My Good," for example, brings to mind neo-soulsters like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and Mary J. Blige. But more often than not, this CD is very adult contemporary-minded -- and Steele is obviously going after the Vandross/Anita Baker/Freddie Jackson/Glenn Jones/Peabo Bryson crowd with ballads like "Say Goodbye," "Never With You," and a remake of the Stylistics' "You Are Everything" (which finds him performing a duet with LaBelle). Steele also provides a remake of "Here and Now," which is a logical choice because it's his best-known song and was a major hit for Vandross in 1989. Clearly, Steele is a talented, capable vocalist; so why didn't he enjoy greater visibility as a solo artist during his pre-Hiroshima years? It all comes down to connections. The music industry is extremely political -- connections are everything, and presumably, Steele's connections led to more success as a songwriter than as a solo artist. They also led to the Hiroshima gig. Day by Day falls short of mind-blowing, but it's a pleasant and decent (if somewhat predictable) solo outing for the songwriter turned Hiroshima member.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
JTS
UPC:
0824836002126
catalogNumber:
21

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Steele   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Patti LaBelle   Vocals
Kimo Cornwell   Strings,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Synthesizer Bass
Dean Cortez   Bass
Allen Hinds   Acoustic Guitar
June Kuramoto   Koto
Ted Perlman   Acoustic Guitar
Monty Seward   Keyboards
Troy Clark   Background Vocals
David Daughtry   Background Vocals
Kimaya Seward   Background Vocals
Markita Knight   Background Vocals
Tom Keane   Strings,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass

Technical Credits

Terry Steele   Producer,Executive Producer
As One   Producer
Kimo Cornwell   Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestration,drum programming,Instrumentation
Monty Seward   Producer,Engineer,keyboard arrangements,Sequencing Arranger
Leslie Chew   Engineer
Sergio González   drum programming
Kazuyuki Masumoto   Engineer
Warren Paine   Engineer
Joey Quarles   Art Direction
Tom Keane   Producer,drum programming
Frank Sutton   Engineer

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