Testify

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All Music Guide
American Idol winner Caleb Johnson releases this, his debut album Testify. The tracks were written alongside a variety of leading songwriters in sessions in L.A., including vocalist Aloe Blacc, and writing credits for Johnson himself. The release skips through Johnson's own interpretations of musical genres, including stripped-down blues-rock.
All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
Hot off the momentum from his 2014 American Idol crown, North Carolina rocker Caleb Johnson takes a victory lap with his debut album, Testify. While it's hard for the public to know how much control a new Idol winner actually has over his/her first proper release, the album does...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
American Idol winner Caleb Johnson releases this, his debut album Testify. The tracks were written alongside a variety of leading songwriters in sessions in L.A., including vocalist Aloe Blacc, and writing credits for Johnson himself. The release skips through Johnson's own interpretations of musical genres, including stripped-down blues-rock.
All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
Hot off the momentum from his 2014 American Idol crown, North Carolina rocker Caleb Johnson takes a victory lap with his debut album, Testify. While it's hard for the public to know how much control a new Idol winner actually has over his/her first proper release, the album does seem to line up with Johnson's pre-Idol roots as the metal-loving lead singer of Asheville hard rockers Elijah Hooker, who released their own debut just prior to Johnson's emergence on the show. Knocked out in a furious three weeks with producer Howard Benson, who is responsible for mainstream acts as disparate as My Chemical Romance and Rascal Flatts, Testify dials up the rock theatrics for a riffy, vaguely Southern-leaning romp that is surprisingly fun and entertaining. Front-loaded with two of the heaviest (and best) cuts, "Sailing Away" and "Save Me," the album also dishes out a handful of ballads and bluesy numbers but is at its best when Johnson lends his formidable chops to the type of over the top stadium thumpers that connected with fans on Idol. In those moments, he exudes a refreshing freewheeling charm that harks back to the '70s heyday of Meat Loaf and Kiss, seeming to take himself less seriously than so many other Idol alums vying for pop relevance. Or maybe it's that he takes his rock very seriously, attacking classic rock tropes with a hearty Jack Black-esque zeal that is ultimately charming. Pegging Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins to pen the lead single "As Long as You Love Me" was a stroke of genius, aligning Johnson squarely with the school of rock where his strengths lie. Testify is by no means a great album, but that powerful voice and magnetic personality that won over so many fans are absolutely present as Johnson delivers a solid first effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2014
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537939329
  • Catalog Number: 002132002
  • Sales rank: 24,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sailing Away (3:20)
  2. 2 Save Me (3:38)
  3. 3 Let Me In (3:01)
  4. 4 Only One (4:08)
  5. 5 Fighting Gravity (3:58)
  6. 6 Devil's Daughter (3:34)
  7. 7 Another Life (3:16)
  8. 8 Change (3:51)
  9. 9 Testify (3:46)
  10. 10 As Long As You Love Me (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caleb Johnson Primary Artist, Vocals
Howard Benson Keyboards, Voices, Hammond B3
Josh Freese Guitar, Drums
Phil X. Guitar
Calvin Dupree Choir, Chorus
Randy Cooke Drums
Cochemea Gastelum Baritone Saxophone
Chris Chaney Bass
Neal Sugarman Tenor Saxophone
Jon Button Bass
Justin Hawkins Background Vocals
Joe Rickard Drums
The Dap-Kings Horns Horn
Dave Guy Trumpet
Lenny Skolnik Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jonny Litten Keyboards, Background Vocals
Auvrell Christophe Choir, Chorus
Monet Bagneris Choir, Chorus
Tommy Leonard Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Howard Benson Producer
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Steve Diamond Composer
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Dave Bassett Composer
Sean Mosher-Smith Art Direction
Mitch Allan Composer
Tom Leonard Composer
Joleen Belle Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Les Scurry Producer
Josh Alexander Composer
James Michael Composer
Sam Hollander Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Brian Howes Composer
Justin Hawkins Composer
Jon Nicholson Drum Technician
Eric D. Wortham II Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Wayne Gordon Engineer
Christine Wolff Publicity
Jennifer Bowling Marketing
Lenny Skolnik Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
Freddy Wexler Composer
Jonny Litten Composer, Programming
Caleb Johnson Composer
Nathan Andrew Cyphert Composer
Meghan Prophet Publicity
Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III Composer
Sidnie Tipton Composer
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