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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
Gospel has scores of queens, leading ladies, and prophetesses, but class acts are hard to come by. Yolanda Adams is one of those rare gems, and What a Wonderful Time continues to prove it. The Christmas collection is her first album for Columbia Records, but she doesn't let the new guard change the way she does things. She continues to favor elegant urban soul with just the right amount of adult contemporary, so much so that one really has to pay attention to realize that this is, after all, a seasonal disc. Only three songs are traditional here, while the rest are all originals fashioned with Adams in mind -- they're soulful, inspirational, and uplifting. This may be an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
Gospel has scores of queens, leading ladies, and prophetesses, but class acts are hard to come by. Yolanda Adams is one of those rare gems, and What a Wonderful Time continues to prove it. The Christmas collection is her first album for Columbia Records, but she doesn't let the new guard change the way she does things. She continues to favor elegant urban soul with just the right amount of adult contemporary, so much so that one really has to pay attention to realize that this is, after all, a seasonal disc. Only three songs are traditional here, while the rest are all originals fashioned with Adams in mind -- they're soulful, inspirational, and uplifting. This may be an issue for those who prefer their yuletide hits to sound like the holidays, which What a Wonderful Time definitely doesn't. That's because Adams is more an encourager than an entertainer, which explains the hopeful, motivational nature of cuts like "With God," "Hold On," and "Just Because," all of which would've fit gingerly on her own Mountain High...Valley Low or Day by Day albums. That's not to say she doesn't reflect the spirit or even the triviality of the holidays; the sumptuous, big-band title track finds her half-singing, half-scatting what Christmas means to her -- from Jesus all the way down to baked goods. That's exactly what's endeared Adams to so many people: to her, gospel isn't just about deep, life-changing religious experiences, but also about a lifestyle -- the way one lives the music long after the high of the Sunday service is gone. This makes What a Wonderful Time an enjoyable treat, not to mention one of the most unseasonable seasonal albums to come out of contemporary gospel music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970943222
  • Catalog Number: 709432
  • Sales rank: 18,647

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yolanda Adams Primary Artist
Lloyd Barry Conductor
Connie Ellisor Violin
Maxx Frank Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Sam Levine Alto Saxophone
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Patrick Trumpet, Trumbadoras
Michael J. Powell Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Sharay Reed Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Michael Mindingall Keyboards
Mike Casteel Trumpet
Nathan Maxxwell Piano
Greg Suran Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Lisa Williams Background Vocals
Calvin Rodgers Drums
Roy Agee Trombone
Bernard Bell Guitar
Darren Campbell Bass
Prentiss Hobbs Trombone
Kriss T. Johnson Jr. Trumpet
Jimmy Bowland Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chris "Fonk Nasty" Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Stan Jones Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Yolanda Adams Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Author, Vocal Arrangements
Harry Simeone Composer
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Gordon Chambers Composer, Producer
Katherine Davis Composer
Maxx Frank Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Piano Overdubs
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Darren Lighty Composer, Producer
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Michael J. Powell Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Deke Richards Composer
Eric Dawkins Composer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Michael Mindingall Arranger, String Arrangements
Steve Barnett Executive Producer
Noel Regney Composer
Gloria Shayne Composer
James Waddell Engineer
Kriss T. Johnson Jr. Horn Arrangements
Mark Moody Engineer
Keir Gist Composer
Gary Beech Marketing
Jeff Breakey Engineer
Adam Miele Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding music Yolanda Adams

    This CD has so many beautiful Christmas songs, I have been looking for a new sound for this Christmas for a while ,I love what I am hearing on this CD. Yolanda Adams has a Beauitful voice that I just loves to sit and enjoy.I want my children to hear what real music truly sound like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Indeed A Wonderful Time

    Yolanda has managed to reinvent herself on this New Christmas Cd. Before this CD came out, I wondered how she would be able to make this Christmas CD stand out on its own from her 2000 "Christmas with Yolanda" CD (Which is an awesome CD also). Well she DID IT!!!!...On this CD Yolanda taps into her jazz roots (something I've been waiting for her to do for a while)and she also has the constant Gospel R&B style she is known for...I love the CD from beginning to end...It has a mixture of styles but all reminding you of the reason for the season...Christ and His Love... My favorite songs from the CD although I love all the tracks are: Give Love on Christmas Day With God What A Wonderful Time Do Yo Hear What I Hear A Season of Love Hold On Just Because Im sure fans and new fans will enjoy this CD, so go ahead and order a copy. You will be glad you did.

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