Life Changing

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
With only two albums, Smokie Norful achieved what normally takes contemporary gospel hopefuls a lifetime to attain: acclaim, accolades, and album sales numbering in the millions -- not bad for a former school teacher and now pastor in the Chicago suburbs. Life Changing, Norful's third full-length, further attests that he was born to do this: everything comes to him so effortlessly, so naturally, you'd think this is the work of a veteran. A cornucopia of producers and styles are represented throughout the album, but Norful manages to keep both in check, never letting things get out of hand or out of sync with his vision for elegance in his brand of neo-classicist ...
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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
With only two albums, Smokie Norful achieved what normally takes contemporary gospel hopefuls a lifetime to attain: acclaim, accolades, and album sales numbering in the millions -- not bad for a former school teacher and now pastor in the Chicago suburbs. Life Changing, Norful's third full-length, further attests that he was born to do this: everything comes to him so effortlessly, so naturally, you'd think this is the work of a veteran. A cornucopia of producers and styles are represented throughout the album, but Norful manages to keep both in check, never letting things get out of hand or out of sync with his vision for elegance in his brand of neo-classicist contemporary gospel. Even the album's most celebratory, rhythmic moments are tempered with a dose of chic and sophistication, like the joyous "Great & Mighty," a romp whose understated choral and orchestral elements give the otherwise beach-ready groove an air of grace and style that's simply breathtaking. Of course, part of this worshipful charm stems from Norful's pastoral heart, which, when coupled with his soulful tendencies, only heightens his sensitivity toward the more corporate material -- the songs that are chiefly intended for a church audience, like the Sunday-morning praise of "Celebrate" or the convocational "Right Now." When not leading the choir, Norful sits at the piano and turns into a consummate soulster -- John Legend who? -- absolutely killing a rewrite of the Whitney Houston hit "Run to You" and the showstopper, the self-penned quiet storm ballad "Run Til I Finish." It's Life Changing's fluency to transition from the pulpit to the nightclub -- figuratively, at least -- that explains how Norful has, in such a short time, managed to outclass other newcomers, putting him on the same wavelength, artistically and otherwise, as more seasoned mainstays in gospel, R&B, and beyond.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Emi Gospel
  • UPC: 094633334724
  • Catalog Number: 33347
  • Sales rank: 58,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Celebrate (4:04)
  2. 2 Um Good (4:46)
  3. 3 Great & Mighty (4:15)
  4. 4 Run Til I Finish (3:07)
  5. 5 In Time (4:14)
  6. 6 More Than Anything (4:22)
  7. 7 Where Would I Be? (4:44)
  8. 8 Put Your Hands Together (3:46)
  9. 9 Right Now (4:57)
  10. 10 Run to You (4:39)
  11. 11 Celebrate -- Reprise (1:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokie Norful Primary Artist, Piano
Mark Baldwin Guitar
David Angell Strings
Percy Bady Keyboards
Lloyd Barry Strings, Horn
David Davidson Strings
Carl Gorodetzky Conductor
Barry Green Horn
Mike Haynes Horn
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina Strings
Doug Moffett Horn
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Tony Russell Bass
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Alan Umstead Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Nia Allen Background Vocals
Cynthia Jernigan Background Vocals
Faith Howard Background Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski Horn
Maurice Fitzgerald Bass
Nick Sparks Horn Engineer
Monisa Angell Strings
Julie Tanner Strings
John Hinchey Horn
Terrence Marshall Background Vocals
Vernard Burton Background Vocals
Jonathon Dubose Guitar
Zita Smith Background Vocals
Denise Rutledge Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Grant Green Digital Editing
Percy Bady Composer, Producer
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Cedric Caldwell Producer
Victor Caldwell Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Jud J. Friedman Composer
Roger Heiss Engineer
Ken Love Mastering
Tony Russell Instrument Arrangement
Tommy Sims Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Allan Rich Composer
Greg Lawrence Digital Editing
Ken Pennell Executive Producer
Karen Philpott Art Direction
Nick Sparks Engineer
Smokie Norful Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Instrument Arrangement
Myron Butler Composer
Josiah "Chuks" Bell Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tobey Betthauser Digital Editing
Reginald Johnson grooming
Jason Tyson Audio Production
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