Janna

Janna

by Janna Long
     
 
The powerful voice behind Avalon's No. 1 song "Can't Live a Day" doesn't belong to Patti LaBelle but to Janna Potter Long, a member of the top-selling CCM group since 1995 and a dead ringer for the soulful diva. Janna marks Long's solo debut, and here she unleashes her amazing voice on a collection of dance, R&B, and Top 40 numbers that show her strength

Overview

The powerful voice behind Avalon's No. 1 song "Can't Live a Day" doesn't belong to Patti LaBelle but to Janna Potter Long, a member of the top-selling CCM group since 1995 and a dead ringer for the soulful diva. Janna marks Long's solo debut, and here she unleashes her amazing voice on a collection of dance, R&B, and Top 40 numbers that show her strength as a vocalist. The opening track (and first single), "Greater Is He," is an infectious piece of dance pop, full of thick bass lines and rich backing vocals effectively seasoned with delightful gospel flourishes. The fun and fanciful "Think About That" delivers a universal message of positive thinking wrapped in an infectious, upbeat melody and hook-driven chorus. The ballads "Somebody Loves You" and "More" are full-blown diva demonstrations, while the huge dance-pop number "Overjoyed" has a production big enough to match Long's robust voice. Indeed, one wonders if Long ever felt constrained by her role as just one of a group -- her solo gusto can approach the overbearing. "More" is effective in its power, but "In Christ Alone," which is meant to be anthemic, borders on the shrill. Still, Janna has a lot to offer its listeners; one hopes this won't be the only solo effort from this hugely blessed singer.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's always exciting to see how fans of a popular ensemble will respond to the first solo recording by a key member, but the powerful voice and solid material choice by Janna Long should be enough to convince Avalon's fans she's for real. The group has won both Grammys and Doves (their Christian counterparts), and Mark Hammond and Brown Bannister's productions here reflect the same type of dual approach the group's recordings have -- slick, funky, and hooky anthems and ballads loaded with deep spiritual conviction and passion. Most likely, lighthearted pop confections like the opening track, "Greater Is He," and the rock gospel of "Overjoyed" are more likely to catch on with the group's younger fans, but the real power of this disc comes from the torchy ballads like "Somebody Loves You," "Call," and the classic in the making "In Christ Alone." Lyrically, none of these truly rise above the typical spiritual encouragement of many similar songs, but coming from Long, they sound like fresh communications from God to her to her listener, who may be down at the moment.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724385185427
catalogNumber:
51854

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Performance Credits

Janna Long   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Steve Brewster   Drums
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Blair Masters   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Jerry McPherson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
Akil Thompson   Electric Guitar
Mooki   MIDI Keyboards
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Terri White   Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Joey Canaday   Bass
Daniel O'Lannerghty   Conductor

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Mark Hammond   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Todd Robbins   Engineer
Russ Long   Engineer
Dave Dillbeck   Engineer
Marcelo Pennell   Engineer
Grant Cunningham   Executive Producer
Bernie Herms   Programming
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Brian Steckler   Programming
Mooki   Producer,drum programming
Nathan Zwald   Engineer
Lee Bridges   Engineer
Daniel O'Lannerghty   Orchestration

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