Real Life

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
American Idol finalist RJ Helton didn't make it past the Top 5, but his lush, boy-band--primed vocals, cherubic good looks, and testimonies of faith were enough to convince B-Rite Records that the Georgia native was ready for Christian music's prime time. Real Life is Helton's debut, and it's a pure pop confection, from the slick-as-a-hockey-rink production to hooky inspirational songs to Helton's own showy vocal displays (he'll choose acrobatics over holding a note every time). It's a recipe straight out of the boy-band handbook -- think Backstreet Boys and Christian music's own Plus One -- and Helton pulls it off remarkably well. Latin rhythms ("Love Song," also sung in...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
American Idol finalist RJ Helton didn't make it past the Top 5, but his lush, boy-band--primed vocals, cherubic good looks, and testimonies of faith were enough to convince B-Rite Records that the Georgia native was ready for Christian music's prime time. Real Life is Helton's debut, and it's a pure pop confection, from the slick-as-a-hockey-rink production to hooky inspirational songs to Helton's own showy vocal displays (he'll choose acrobatics over holding a note every time). It's a recipe straight out of the boy-band handbook -- think Backstreet Boys and Christian music's own Plus One -- and Helton pulls it off remarkably well. Latin rhythms ("Love Song," also sung in Spanish as "Canto de Amor," and "My Devotion"), smooth R&B ("Tell Me," "Even If") and hip-hop flourishes ("My Devotion" again, and "Freedom") are on display here, with the lyrics for the most part being devotions to God. Helton has a beautiful voice that handles the highly-polished approach well, though one does crave to hear some edge somewhere. Super-slick pop doesn't allow much room for an artist's personality to shine through, and that's a weakness of Real Life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886973610626
  • Catalog Number: 736106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Even If (3:50)
  2. 2 My Devotion (3:48)
  3. 3 Love Song (3:35)
  4. 4 All We Need to Know (4:27)
  5. 5 Freedom (3:37)
  6. 6 Tell Me (3:34)
  7. 7 Why Don't We Pray (2:50)
  8. 8 Delicate Child (4:57)
  9. 9 Forgive (4:14)
  10. 10 Crazy (3:40)
  11. 11 Missing Me (4:34)
  12. 12 Canto de Amor (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
RJ Helton Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Tim Heintz Keyboards
Lisa Bevill Choir, Chorus
Andy Duncan Guitar
Dennis Holt Drums
Carl Marsh Conductor
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar
Phil Sillas Percussion
George Tidwell Trumpet
Reed Vertelney Keyboards
Craig White Bass
Chris Carmichael Strings
Darwin Hobbs Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore Choir, Chorus
Michael Carney Background Vocals
Gerard Woods Choir, Chorus
Jovaun Woods Choir, Chorus
Joey Canaday Bass
Paul Moak Guitar, Electric Guitar
Fiona Mellett Choir, Chorus
Marcia Ware Choir, Chorus
Greg Hagan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Carissima A. Joseph Choir, Chorus
Rob Graves Acoustic Guitar
Sam Mizell Drums, Keyboards
Shaun Shankel Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Brian White Composer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Andy Duncan Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky String Contractor
Carl Marsh Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
David Schober Engineer
Phil Sillas Producer
Tommy Simms Composer, Producer
Reed Vertelney Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Russ Long Engineer
David Flemming Engineer
Mookie Composer
F. Reid Shippen Engineer, Digital Editing, Sound Design
Bernie Herms Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Vicki Mack Lataillade Executive Producer
Monica Bacon Executive Producer
Tiffany Arbuckle Composer
Adam Kagan Engineer
Claude Lataillade Executive Producer
Michael Ripoll Composer
Fred Paragano Engineer
Wendy Jones Art Direction
Russ "Russwell" Long Engineer
Natalie Grant Composer
Jamie Moore Composer
Michael Carney Composer, Producer
Chandler Bridges Digital Editing
Josiah "Chuks" Bell Programming
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin Programming, Engineer
Joshua Chavez translation
RJ Helton Composer
Aldo Ruggiero Engineer
Mike Stavinoga Digital Imagery
Sam Mizell Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Shaun Shankel Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, String Arrangements, Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avery good CD

    this cd is very good for a first time artist. I really enjoy RJ's voice its really smooth and i can hear the emotion in his voice. the songs have a message and are all enjoyable. Recommend this CD to your friends!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty good

    i heard a promo of this cd a couple of days ago and was very impressed. they can do amazing things in a recording studio.

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