Wings to Walk This Road

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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: 093624799627
  • Catalog Number: 47996
  • Sales rank: 297,098

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anything (4:34)
  2. 2 Falling for You (3:49)
  3. 3 Now I Know (0:43)
  4. 4 Have You Ever Been Lonely? (4:20)
  5. 5 Ooh Child (3:06)
  6. 6 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (0:35)
  7. 7 Fly Away (4:40)
  8. 8 Come to Me (4:56)
  9. 9 Everybody Talkin' (4:58)
  10. 10 You Will Never Know (4:06)
  11. 11 No Greater Love (0:56)
  12. 12 Make You Believe (5:14)
  13. 13 Angel (5:26)
  14. 14 You Can Call Me (0:33)
  15. 15 Anytime You Need a Friend (4:17)
  16. 16 ...How Much I Love You (0:56)
  17. 17 Angel (4:11)
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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 Jr. Guitar
Billy Kilson Drums
Larry Kimpel Bass
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Tony Maiden Guitar
Christian McBride Bass
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, 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 Jr. Composer
DC Pro-Tools
Traditional Composer
Ethan Mates Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravo!

    I must say on my first listen to this cd,I was absolutely taken by this diverse talented artist.He has a sweet sultry voice that makes you feel happy and sad at the same time,and when you hear him perform in person it's so much better,it's an expierence I will never forget.My favourites 1,3,4,8,10,11,13,15 Well done John.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Precisely...

    What a testament to the quality of music that can resound when two genres are masterfully blended! Stoddart does an excellent job of engaging the highest sense of musical diversity while also tantalizing and impacting the very soul. Ideal for soothing entertainment and endless encouragement and worship! Well done...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This cd is for all lovers period!!!

    I have been looking forward to John's release for a long time...and usually when that happens you end up being disappointed, but not this time....This cd mad me smile, laugh and cry. It touched parts of my soul that I had closed off. He is a man of God and an agape lover. I have bought 3 copies so far. His voice, lyrics and music are all a blessing from above!! #4,#8 #12 are my favs!! Thank you John!!!

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