Experience

Experience

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by Yolanda Adams
     
 

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There are few things more satisfying than hearing a gospel singer find the church-rooted melodies bubbling just beneath the Top 40 surface of a pop tune. When that singer is the formidable Yolanda Adams and the pop song is R. Kelly's soaring "I Believe I Can Fly," it's a doubly delicious treat. Adams kicks The Experience, with an uplifting studio version ofSee more details below

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There are few things more satisfying than hearing a gospel singer find the church-rooted melodies bubbling just beneath the Top 40 surface of a pop tune. When that singer is the formidable Yolanda Adams and the pop song is R. Kelly's soaring "I Believe I Can Fly," it's a doubly delicious treat. Adams kicks The Experience, with an uplifting studio version of Kelly's power ballad that gets extra liftoff from guest vocals by Gerald Levert. The remainder of the disc features Adams performing live and offers a mix of fast-moving modern hymns ("Continual Praise"), poignant ballads ("Open My Heart"), and breezy, praise-inspiring, mid-tempo songs ("Already Alright"). Not content with a conservative approach to gospel music, Adams forays into Afro-Brazilian fusion on the catchy "Ye of Little Faith." Thematically, as she did on her Grammy Award-winning Mountain High Valley Low, Adams connects her deep spirituality to larger social concerns. "What About the Children" stresses our children's need for responsible role models. As a vocalist, Adams -- whose intonations sound as if they were culled from the best of '70s and '80s soul -- is not as in-your-face as other contemporary gospel proselytizers. Yet, her mission to spread God's message of love and hope is every bit as urgent. Tony Green

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of the Grammy-winning Mountain High...Valley Low, this live disc from gospel star Yolanda Adams is every bit as bombastic as its predecessor was modest. That doesn't mean it doesn't occasionally work. On the contrary, Adams brings a power surge to many of the numbers, and on the studio version of "I Believe I Can Fly" with Gerald Levert mixes the spiritual and secular in the most divine of ways.
Billboard
Soaring thoughout with obvious delight, Adams adds yet another affecting, inimitable entry ...with a reach that should extend from gospel well into the mainstream market.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596262927
catalogNumber:
62629
Rank:
28974

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yolanda Adams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gerald LeVert   Vocals
Jay Williams   Guitar
Charles Willis   Guitar
Quinjuan Anderson   Drums
Anthony Harmon   Bass
Renee Spearman   Background Vocals
Eastern High School Choir   Background Vocals
Sylver Logan Sharp   Background Vocals
A.J. Wright   Keyboards
Raymond Reeder   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Darrell Crawford   Background Vocals
Fulfillment Choir   Background Vocals
Victoria Purcell   Background Vocals
Prosperity Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Yolanda Adams   Executive Producer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Anthony Harmon   Musical Director
Raymond Reeder   Musical Director
Anne Catalino   Engineer
Shep Crawford   Producer,Instrumentation
Alexis Yraola   Art Direction

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