Star Bright

Star Bright

4.8 6
by Vanessa Williams
     
 

With the help of some talented friends, charming pop vocalist Vanessa Williams blends in the beauty of jazz, gospel, and soul music to create a portrait of Christmas songs. The record, entitled Star Bright, is genuinely filled with a glistening appeal, and the songs that it contains encompass a rich tapestry of the best and brightest seasonal music. The settingSee more details below

Overview

With the help of some talented friends, charming pop vocalist Vanessa Williams blends in the beauty of jazz, gospel, and soul music to create a portrait of Christmas songs. The record, entitled Star Bright, is genuinely filled with a glistening appeal, and the songs that it contains encompass a rich tapestry of the best and brightest seasonal music. The setting changes via each song, some tunes filled with Williams' rich voice backed by an assertive, charismatic gospel choir. The collection is filled with such traditionals as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "What Child Is This?" A brilliant rendition of Rob Mathis' "Star Bright" is featured, and "Angels We Have Heard on High" draws the listener to the feeling of a wintry landscape of hope and joy during this festive season. Perhaps the most romantic tune featured in this collection is Williams' duet with Bobby Caldwell, a flavorful jazz singer in his own right. These arrangements make good soup for the casual holiday music listener and should be favorites for a long time to come in the holiday section at one's local retail music store. Just a side note -- the packaging is quite festive and appealing, decorated with snowflakes and blue-type lettering in the credits. Williams looks quite radiant by herself on the cover, enough to appease the listener to buy the record. Other uplifting, praiseworthy tunes such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Gracious Good Shepherd" deserve a listen. The final track, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," is the most reflective piece, and should spark one to ponder on holidays and years past, and reminisce on precious times with family or without.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1996
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453282728
catalogNumber:
532827

Tracks

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear/The Little Drummer Boy  - Vanessa Williams
  2. Star Bright  - Vanessa Williams
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Shout)  - Vanessa Williams
  4. Baby, It's Cold Outside  - Bobby Caldwell
  5. I Wonder as I Wander  - Vanessa Williams
  6. Sleep Well, Little Children  - Vanessa Williams
  7. Angels We Have Heard on High  - Vanessa Williams
  8. The First Noel  - Vanessa Williams
  9. What Child Is This?  - Vanessa Williams
  10. Gracious Good Shepherd  - Vanessa Williams
  11. Go Tell It on the Mountain/Mary Had a Baby  - Vanessa Williams
  12. I'll Be Home for Christmas  - Vanessa Williams

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Caldwell   Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Michael Davis   Trombone
Tom Stacy   English Horn
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Julien Barber   Viola
Diane Barere   Cello,Celli
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
John Beal   Bass
Shelton Becton   Background Vocals
Duane Broadnax   Drums
Ed Calle   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
David Finck   Bass
Barry Finclair   Violin
Claude Gaudette   Synthesizer,Drums
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Conductor,Keyboards
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello,Celli
Will Lee   Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello,Celli
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
Rob Mathes   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Jan Mullen   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Paul Peabody   Violin
Shawn Pelton   Drums
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Laura Seaton   Violin
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar
Mark Orrin Shuman   Cello,Celli
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Marti Sweet   Violin
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Donna Tecco   Violin
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Piano
Ellen Westerman   Cello,Celli
Elizabeth Lim   Violin
Craig Mumm   Violin,Viola
Maxine Roach   Violin
Sarah Adams   Viola
Rick Dolan   Violin
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Melanie Hervey   Vocals
Curtis McKonly   Conductor,Keyboards
Carol Webb-Sortomme   Violin
William Porter   Background Vocals
Claremont School Singers   Vocals
Andy Davis   Trombone

Technical Credits

Vanessa Williams   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Andraé Crouch   Arranger
Bruce Carbone   Executive Producer
Frank Filipetti   Remixing
Kim Gannon   Composer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Walter Kent   Composer
Robbie Kondor   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Fred McFarlane   Arranger
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Gary Tole   Engineer
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Jeff Kievit   Arranger,Producer
Curtis McKonly   Arranger,Programming
William Sandys   Composer
Gerry Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Producer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
Gary Chester   Engineer

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