Day by Day

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678378928
  • Catalog Number: 83789
  • Sales rank: 33,790

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victory (4:43)
  2. 2 Tonight (4:58)
  3. 3 Someone Watching Over You (4:53)
  4. 4 Alwaysness (5:07)
  5. 5 Day by Day (3:56)
  6. 6 Lift Him Up - Mary Mary (4:59)
  7. 7 It's Gon Be Nice (2:59)
  8. 8 Be Blessed (5:47)
  9. 9 Better Than Gold (3:38)
  10. 10 Show Me (4:12)
  11. 11 I'm Grateful (3:38)
  12. 12 This Too Shall Pass (7:30)
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Album Credits

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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back Yolanda!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have!

    Something for everyone no matter where you are in life or what's going on. Yolanda has a truly gifted voice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic!

    Yolonda is simply great! her voice is a gift from God. Go get this cd!!!!!

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