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Day by Day

Day by Day

4.6 5
by Yolanda Adams
Recorded in the aftermath of personal turmoil and the dissolution of Elektra as a record label proper, Yolanda Adams' tenth career album, Day by Day, had every reason to get lost in the shuffle. It almost did, as the album appeared nearly four years after Believe, the underwhelming follow-up to the singer's now-classic Mountain High...Valley


Recorded in the aftermath of personal turmoil and the dissolution of Elektra as a record label proper, Yolanda Adams' tenth career album, Day by Day, had every reason to get lost in the shuffle. It almost did, as the album appeared nearly four years after Believe, the underwhelming follow-up to the singer's now-classic Mountain High...Valley Low -- the benchmark against which all other Adams albums must be assessed. Day by Day sees the songstress grabbing hold of her gospel heritage with more aplomb than ever before, if not in sound, at least in message, sidestepping the inspirational pleasantries of previous semi-hit "I Gotta Believe" or her cover of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." Here, Adams doesn't succumb to niceties and offers unabashed declarations of triumph in Christ ("Victory"), praise ("Lift Him Up"), and gratitude ("I'm Grateful"), all of which are delivered with such joy and gladness that you'd never think Adams recorded them in the face of trials. More striking still is Adams' ability to switch gears and slow things down, entertaining her urban soul sensibilities with the class of an Anita Baker or a Toni Braxton, but suffusing them with her own brand of uplifting contemporary R&B. What sets her apart from other smooth divas is that she's an encourager first and a singer second, something that's self-evident in the chart-topper "Be Blessed," the slow-burning "Someone Watching Over You," and the stirring "This Too Shall Pass," collectively some of the most inspiring material Adams has recorded. She isn't just content with singing to her audience, but she outright demands their attention -- not forcefully, but with poise and elegance, using her own victory over hardships as leverage. It all amounts to one stunning, well-balanced collection -- and the de facto follow-up to her beloved Mountain High.

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Performance Credits

Yolanda Adams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Bobby Ross Avila   Acoustic Guitar,Strings,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Brad Dutz   Timpani
Keith Allen   Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Ronald Clark   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass Guitar
Barry J. Eastmond   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Phil Galdston   Strings,Keyboards
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Herman Jackson   Piano
Donnie McClurkin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ricky Minor   Conductor
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Robin Ross   Viola
Keith Taylor   Bass Guitar
Troy Taylor   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
John Wittenberg   Violin
Jerome Allen   Bass Guitar
Mary Mary   Vocals
Bobby Sparks   Keyboards,Mini Moog
Lesa Terry   Violin
David Ewart   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Luis Conti   Percussion
David Delhomme   Keyboards
Todd Parsnow   Guitar
Rick Watford   Guitar
Gregory Curtis   Background Vocals,Various
James "Big Jim" Wright   Bass,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Iz   Percussion
Myron Butler   Background Vocals
Andy Weiner   Keyboards
Shanika Leeks   Background Vocals
Shep Crawford   Multi Instruments
Susannah Chapman   Violin
Candy West   Background Vocals
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Demeka Jackson   Background Vocals
Anthony Lavon Evans   Background Vocals
Steven Lewis   Keyboards
Sheléa Frazier   Background Vocals
Charles Stegeman   Violin
Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart   Background Vocals
Faith Anderson   Background Vocals
Philip Hamilton   Guitar
Lisa Curtis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Ross Avila   Composer,Producer
Yolanda Adams   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Gordon Chambers   Composer,Producer
Barry J. Eastmond   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Kirk Franklin   Composer,Producer
Phil Galdston   Composer,Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Audio Production
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ricky Minor   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Tim Roberts   Pro-Tools
Troy Taylor   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Bobby Sparks   Programming
Blake Eiseman   Engineer
Jac Colman   Representation
Chris Godbey   Programming,Engineer
Mike City   Composer,Producer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Andy Weiner   Orchestration
Shep Crawford   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Mark Obriski   Art Direction
Franny "Franchise" Graham   Engineer
Issiah "IZ" Avila   Producer
Gabriel Varde   Engineer
Barry Eastman   Audio Production

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Day by Day 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yolonda is simply great! her voice is a gift from God. Go get this cd!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Something for everyone no matter where you are in life or what's going on. Yolanda has a truly gifted voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, WOWZA! Welcome back Yolanda Adams. 4 Years - thought you retired...LOL! (smile everyone). Anywho, on to business. Yolanda has NEVER been the type of artist to place in a box. She's never been afraid to deal with issues on her cds. From the Through the Storm cd, she dealt with death on Forever with me...from the Save the Word cd, she dealt with homelessness on Save the Word and suicide on Give it to Him...from the More Than A Melody cd, she challenged us to consider the children...from the Songs From the Heart cd, she dealt with loneliness on Never Alone...from Mountain High, Valley Low she dealt with our everyday interactions with The Things We Do and on Believe she dealt with low-self esteem and pursuing your dreams on I Gotta Believe and Never Give Up respectively. Well, on DAY BY DAY, Yolanda tackles something we all have, PAIN! This cd is for those who have been through the storm, are in a storm or will be in one soon. Personally, this comes at a time when I'm facing one of the toughest seasons of my life and each song is ministering to me. Day By Day is arguably Yolanda's best (I'm torn between Mountain High, Valley Low and Through the Storm). Let's see where we begin. Track One - VICTORY is the rocking contemporary gospel opener which reunites Yolanda with producer Gregory Curtis (produced God Will Take Care of You from Songs of the Heart and Just A Prayer Away from Through the Storm). This is tied for my favorite on the cd! From the time Yolanda sang it on TBN's Praise the Lord or from the time I saw the preview for the movie The Gospel, this song rings in my ear. It's a triumphant song that gets in your mind and challenges you to believe God at any cost! Track Two - TONIGHT is penned and produced by Gospel Mega-Man Kirk Franklin. This is Yolanda's hopeville buddy. Lyrically and evangelistically, this is one of the best on the cd. It challenges you to seek the Lord and yield every area to Him. For anyone experiencing blockage in your walk with Jesus, I dedicate this to you. It's a mid-groove song that finds Yolanda's vocals soaring and the background singers are tight. Track Three - SOMEONE WATCHING OVER YOU finds Yolanda working with Barry Eastmond and Gordon Chambers for the first time on wax! This is an urban AC song that is running up the secular charts. It deals with someone who's been hurt in relationships and it ministers to anyone who feels as if they are alone. Always, know that Jesus is watching over you. Track Four - ALWAYSNESS relishes on the consistency of God. This borderline jazzy, contemporary gospel, ac song is lyrically beautiful and marvelously interpreted by Yolanda. The first appearance of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on this cd will surely be a repeat in my player. I love the fact that it points out God's consistency and faithfulness to us, even when we aren't to Him. Gee, I love Him! Track Five - DAY BY DAY is yet another Gregory Curtis production. It's an urban ac mid-groove song that admonishes to keep the spirit of Christ with us daily. It provokes you subtly to stay focussed on Him no matter what happens in your everday living. It reminds you that with Him you can conquer anything. Track Six - LIFT HIM UP is produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis you remember them, they worked on Open My Heart from (MH, VL) and and Never Give Up and I'm Gonna Be Ready from Believe. This is one of the best songs they've given Yolanda. It kind of reminds you of Joyful, Joyful from the Sister Act 2 soundtrack. A lively, fun-filled, upbeat, praise song that prompts you to do exactly that, LIFT HIM UP! You'll find yourself giving God praise and adoration as you rock that big head (LOL). Of course, it doesn't help at all that Donnie McClurkin and Mary Mary are on this one. Track Seven - My other favorite song is IT'S GON BE NICE! This Shep Crawford produced song (I Gotta Believe and Fo' Sho' from Believe and I Believe I Can Fly from The Experience cds also) is my jam! It's on re
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