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Broadway diva Heather Headley left her Tony Award–winning stint as the lead in Elton John's pop-rock version of the grand opera Aida to pursue a recording career. The result is This Is Who I Am, a sophisticated blend of gospel-inspired R&B, India.Arie–esque neo-soul, and pop produced by über-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Janet Jackson, Shep Crawford Yolanda Adams, and Dallas Austin TLC. The recurring theme of This Is Who I Am is love, and Headley engagingly sings about romance's joys the homage to good men "He Is" and pains the kick-that-triflin'-man-to-the-curb mid-tempo jam "Fulltime". Each track showcases a different facet of the dynamic singer's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Broadway diva Heather Headley left her Tony Award–winning stint as the lead in Elton John's pop-rock version of the grand opera Aida to pursue a recording career. The result is This Is Who I Am, a sophisticated blend of gospel-inspired R&B, India.Arie–esque neo-soul, and pop produced by über-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Janet Jackson, Shep Crawford Yolanda Adams, and Dallas Austin TLC. The recurring theme of This Is Who I Am is love, and Headley engagingly sings about romance's joys the homage to good men "He Is" and pains the kick-that-triflin'-man-to-the-curb mid-tempo jam "Fulltime". Each track showcases a different facet of the dynamic singer's persona and the versatility of her rich, stage-honed, honey-coated vocals. Headley's star has shone brightest on Broadway, and indeed, her flair for the dramatic helps to infuse this set of 12 songs with excitement. From the quietly stirring Jam and Lewis–produced ballad "I Wish I Wasn't" to the sassy, Austin-produced blues-stomp "Like Ya Use To" to Crawford's Toni Braxton–reminiscent power ballad "Always Been Your Girl," the splendid This Is Who I Am heralds Headley's arrival as a new R&B and pop sensation.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Though she didn't come out of the R&B tradition, Heather Headley has plenty of soul on her debut, This Is Who I Am. Headley, a singer whose vocal strength isn't mere compensation for a lack of interpretive skills or lame songwriting, possesses a range that's surprising and welcome; she slips on dramatic personas continually here, quite ironic considering the title. The arrangements aren't exactly hooky, but the cast of producers -- including Dallas Austin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and D'Influence, use everything in their power -- from a Hammond B-3 to synthesizers -- to flesh out these songs. Occasionally, the songs don't reflect their age very well, as on the regrets of a stay-at-home girlfriend "I Wish I Wasn't" or an increasingly angry housewife who's been neglected "Like Ya Used To". The opener, "He Is" by songwriter/producer Joshua Nile, is very good though -- an intriguing angle on female thoughts about the male side of love or, just possibly, a look at the aspects of God. Headley sounds excellent throughout, her voice pure as crystal on the ballads, occasionally outré in similar fashion to Mariah Carey, but gritty and soulful when she's sorting out the responsibilities of a relationship in "Fulltime."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636937649
  • Catalog Number: 69376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He Is (3:46)
  2. 2 Nature of a Man (3:24)
  3. 3 Fallin' for You (3:02)
  4. 4 I Wish I Wasn't (6:18)
  5. 5 Fulltime (3:37)
  6. 6 Like Ya Use To (4:05)
  7. 7 Always Been Your Girl (4:35)
  8. 8 Sunday (3:27)
  9. 9 Four Words from a Heartbreak (3:37)
  10. 10 Sista Girl (4:29)
  11. 11 Why Should I Cry (3:47)
  12. 12 If It Wasn't for Your Love (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heather Headley Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey Piano
Dallas Austin Guitar
Terrence Elliot Guitar
Jimmy Jam Multi Instruments
Terry Lewis Multi Instruments
Richard Locker Cello
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Renee Neufville Background Vocals
V. Jeffrey Smith Multi Instruments
Chukki Starr Rap
Shelley Woodworth Oboe
Deborah Cox Background Vocals
Tomi Martin Guitar
Michael Norfleet Keyboards
Jeremy Ruzumna Hammond Organ
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards
Kwame Kwaten Keyboards
Steve Marston Percussion
Steve Mostyn Bass
Vanessa A. Jones Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rob Mounsey Arranger, Producer
D'Influence Producer
Steve Ferrera Producer, Executive Producer, Direction
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer
Terry Lewis Arranger, Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Rick Sheppard Engineer, MIDI, Sound Design
V. Jeffrey Smith Programming, Engineer
Lascelles Stephens Vocal Arrangements
Reed Vertelney Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Andy Zulla Engineer
Deborah Cox Vocal Arrangements
Mike Ging Engineer
Carlton Lynn Engineer
Anne Catalino Engineer, Pro-Tools
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Adam Kagan Engineer
Vada Nobles Producer
Shep Crawford Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Dave Way Producer
Christine Sirois Engineer
James Muller Engineer
Heather Headley Producer
Wayne Allison Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    astounding

    I first had the opportunity to hear Heather live- I had no idea who she was...it was explained that she was an accomplished vocalist with many big-time performances under her belt. I have heard her perform in our church, Harvest Bible Chapel, IL, on several other occasions...she is extremely gifted and a great gift to us, I can't think of any other performer I respect more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Wonderful

    Five-star treatment for Ms. Headley's debut CD. The songs stir emotions and truly reveal Heather's incredible vocal ability. Well worth a listen, every song is a hit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I think this CD, make you free like you are deep in touch with your feelings.It reflects past and present relationships and it also help you understand things about your man. Especially when they start acting like the are rules and controls. I see this CD as a motto to all women. Never feel like you have to depend on someone to tell you, you are all that. But look deep within one self and find your inner strengths that make you a strong and unqire individual. I really, really love this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's On It

    I hadn't really found a singer I really liked since Phyllis Hyman passed, but Heather is filling a void. Her voice is stirring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best R&B Album, Simply Perfection

    I loved this CD and The HE IS a wonderful upbeat song and the album as whole is just great. I never have to skip over any of the songs. The album reveals so many emotions. Heather keep up the Good work!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extraordinary woman with and Extraordinary Voice

    From the lights of broadway to center stage all on her own, Heather Headley's powerhouse vocals and soulfull attitude is turning heads on the street and in the music industry. I cant wait to hear what comes next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN ALBUM THAT IS A "MUST HAVE" FOR YOUR CD COLLECTION

    This album is sure to become a classic. The power of her voice, when she starred in AIDA, proved that she was going to be a major artist not just a star/entertainer. The album is a great CD to have in your collection and guarenteed you will play it over and over again for years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRUE TO YOUR HEART

    This entire CD is excellent every song has a message. Heather expresses each and every verses with passion and pride. I am sending this CD to my three girlfriends that I went to college with because it's a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CARIBBEAN DIVA YOU ARE

    HEATHER I PAY HONOR TO YOUR NAME,YOU ARE TRULY A CARIBBEAN QUEEN,YOUR VOCAL VERSATILITY AND STAGE PRESENCE HAS MADE MY PORES AND HAIRS STAND IN OVATION, {GYURL YOU BADD}.I LOVE THE ENTIRE ALBUM,I LOVE YOUR SENSE OF SPIRITUALITY AND FAITHFULNESS TO GOD. YOU HAVE DONE TRINIDAD PROUD SO MANY TIMES OVER,AND I KNOW ITH THOSE HONEY,MONEY NOTES,WE WILL BE SEEING YOU FOR YEARS TO COME TO MY DIVA.{BE BLESSED}.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Genuine

    This album is so beautiful. She has the most amazing voice and sings with so much heart. I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glad to see her moving on from the Great performance of Aida

    This is a great CD I can't wait to see what will happen for Heather in the future .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD

    Every song on this CD is excellent! Can't wait for future albums by Heather Headley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Amazing

    Heathers vocals are truly amazing,its refreshing to buy a cd and dont have to skip around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely a collector's item

    This lady can sing!!! This is a great album that has a timeless, sweet, mellow and engaging quality, without being sappy. She has rendered a truly professional performance on this album, so I looking forward to the next. I particularly liked her rendition on "I Wish I Wasn't" and "If It Wasn't For Your Love".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a masterpiece

    This is one of the best recordings I have heard in years. It covers a wide range of musical styles exploring feelings and emotions and allowing you experience Ms. Headley's depth of talent and expression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HE IS

    Heather is truly gifted and her voice is one to be heard, you go girl! This ablum is a must have in your collection for years to come, i can't wait until the next CD and the one after that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This lady will be around for a long time...

    Fresh and talented. Not searching for a role in R&B. She has it and I hope she stays.

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    Posted January 30, 2009

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