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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nita Whitaker is a successful Los Angeles-based session singer, which has earned her the opportunity to make this earnest, if somewhat bland, solo album. On self-written songs and others of a similar tone, she sings of the importance of religion and familial love with a session singer's voice -- always on key, precise, and well articulated, but lacking something that would make it a real star vehicle. Whitaker once got a walk-on in The Bodyguard by doing an impressive demo for Whitney Houston, and there are several songs here in which she seems to be doing the same thing. But she never goes as far over the top as Houston does, though she has vocal chops at least as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nita Whitaker is a successful Los Angeles-based session singer, which has earned her the opportunity to make this earnest, if somewhat bland, solo album. On self-written songs and others of a similar tone, she sings of the importance of religion and familial love with a session singer's voice -- always on key, precise, and well articulated, but lacking something that would make it a real star vehicle. Whitaker once got a walk-on in The Bodyguard by doing an impressive demo for Whitney Houston, and there are several songs here in which she seems to be doing the same thing. But she never goes as far over the top as Houston does, though she has vocal chops at least as good, and her tastefulness makes you focus more on the material, which is mediocre for the most part. A characteristic mistake is her reading of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," the inspirational song from The Sound of Music written to be sung by a soprano. Whitaker is an alto, and her transposition immediately robs the song of much of its force -- it isn't about climbing mountains anymore, it's just an L.A. pop singer's vocal exercise. It may be odd to criticize a vocalist for not being excessive and indulgent, but Whitaker is performing in not just a singer's, but also an entertainer's medium. Think not only of Houston, but also of Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton, and any number of other stars more interested in calling attention to themselves than to what they're singing. That narcissism is what helps make them stars. Whitaker really cares about her sentimental messages and wants to convey them to her listeners; her more successful peers recognize, intuitively, if not consciously, that they themselves are the message. How can a singer as modest as Whitaker, however good her pipes, compete?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Lml Music
  • UPC: 711788013723
  • Catalog Number: 137
  • Sales rank: 116,157

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nita Whitaker Primary Artist
Michael Allen Harrison Strings
David Foster Piano, Keyboards
Peggi Blu Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson Choir, Chorus
Terry Bradford Choir, Chorus
Scott Breadman Percussion
Alex Brown Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bette Byers Strings
Alexis Carreon Strings
Richard Dodd Strings
John Fluker Choir, Chorus
Gary Griffin Celeste, Keyboards, Timpani, Vibes, Tubular Bells, Toy Piano
Marni Johnson French Horn
Armen Ksadjikian Strings
Bob McChesney Trombone
Bruce Otto Trombone
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Dave Pearlman Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Robin Ross Strings
Cedric Sampson Percussion, Drums
Harry Scorzo Strings
Melanie Taylor Background Vocals
Michael Turner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Wil Wheaton Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Fred White Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
David Loeb Piano, Hammond Organ
Daniel Kelley French Horn
William Thomas Jr. Piano, Hammond Organ, Choir, Chorus
Adam Jackson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Krovoza Strings
Calabria McChesney Strings
Russ McKinnon Drums
Chris Bleth Flute, Oboe, Piccolo
Osama Afifi Bass
Debbie Gates Background Vocals
Carol Huston Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Gil Romero Strings
Anita "Nita" Whitaker Vocals, Background Vocals
Ernest Hamilton Bass
Maria Casale Harp
Bryan Brock Percussion
Jennifer Cihi Background Vocals
Jessica Davidson Choir, Chorus
Jillian Davidson Choir, Chorus
Michael Kosik Choir, Chorus
Elyse LaFontaine Choir, Chorus
Skye LaFontaine Choir, Chorus
David Levita Guitar
Andrea Tuch Choir, Chorus
Philip Vaiman Strings
Chelsea Weidner Choir, Chorus
Kira Weidner Choir, Chorus
Neli Nikolaeva Violin
Ken Stacey Background Vocals
Delbi Smart Choir, Chorus
Mark Adams French Horn
Phillip Teele Trombone
Technical Credits
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Gary Griffin Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Dave Pearlman Engineer
Greg Phillinganes Piano Arrangement
Cedric Sampson Arranger, Producer
David Loeb Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements
William Thomas Jr. Arranger
William Ross Orchestration
Lee Lessack Executive Producer
Roger James Cover Photo
Bernard Matthews Mastering
Anita "Nita" Whitaker Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Ernest Hamilton Arranger
David Ives Engineer, Sound Design
Don LaFontaine Executive Producer
Stephen Ford Photo Coordination
Michael Stern Mastering
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