Wings to Walk This Road

Wings to Walk This Road

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by John Stoddart
     
 

Slotting squarely into the inspirational smooth soul category, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Stoddart serves up a polished -- arguably too polished -- debut that takes few chances but should satisfy most listeners looking for quality music in that genre. He possesses a rich, soulful voice that is often heavily overdubbed to provide his ownSee more details below

Overview

Slotting squarely into the inspirational smooth soul category, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Stoddart serves up a polished -- arguably too polished -- debut that takes few chances but should satisfy most listeners looking for quality music in that genre. He possesses a rich, soulful voice that is often heavily overdubbed to provide his own backing singers. Spiritually based, there are a few outright nods to religion (each track is preceded by a biblical passage in the booklet), but generally the lyrics of his songs concern love lost and longing for some sort of redemption. A little of this goes a long way though, and since there is seldom any changeup in the quiet storm tempos, the album outlasts its welcome as it pushes towards an hour of playing time. That could be fine if it's quality background music you need for an evening of candlelit romance, but anyone looking for great songs that succeed as standalone singles will be disappointed. Stoddart's keyboard talent is never allowed a chance to shine, as it's kept in the background, or just bubbling under the surface of this contemporary urban soul. Somewhat similar to Luther Vandross, James Ingram, and Donny Hathaway, Stoddart's songs and vocal presence aren't strong or unique enough to make him stand out of the crowd in the slick soul field. When he adds a bit of upbeat funk on "Everybody Talkin'," the mood perks up, and more of that would definitely help this quality but overly commercial first effort make a more substantial impression.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624799627
catalogNumber:
47996
Rank:
78464

Tracks

  1. Anything  - John Stoddart
  2. Falling for You  - John Stoddart
  3. Now I Know  - John Stoddart
  4. Have You Ever Been Lonely?  - John Stoddart
  5. Ooh Child  - John Stoddart
  6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  - John Stoddart
  7. Fly Away  - John Stoddart
  8. Come to Me  - John Stoddart
  9. Everybody Talkin'  - John Stoddart
  10. You Will Never Know  - John Stoddart
  11. No Greater Love  - John Stoddart
  12. Make You Believe  - John Stoddart
  13. Angel  - John Stoddart
  14. You Can Call Me  - John Stoddart
  15. Anytime You Need a Friend  - John Stoddart
  16. ...How Much I Love You  - John Stoddart
  17. Angel  - John Stoddart

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Stoddart   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Jonathan Butler   Acoustic Guitar
Gil Goldstein   Conductor
Ricky Peterson   Organ
Alex Al   Bass
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Trina Broussard   Vocals
Jonathan Clark   Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Billy Kilson   Drums
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Christian McBride   Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Lorenzo Pryer   Foot Stomping
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Keith Rouster   Bass
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Jim "Hype" Heinz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michael Ripoll   Electric Guitar
Larry Hall   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Gil Goldstein   String Arrangements
James Farber   Engineer
Ken Freeman   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Joey Kibble   Composer
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Matt Pierson   Producer,Executive Producer
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Andy Snitzer   Pro-Tools
Lloyd Tolbert   Engineer,drum programming
Stan Vincent   Composer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Angela Winbush   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Marc Portman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Tom Coyne   Mastering
John Stoddart   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Bill Reichenbach   Contributor
Nolan Williams   Composer
DC   Pro-Tools
Traditional   Composer
Ethan Mates   Engineer

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