While Yolanda Adams' voice is as warm and enveloping as a cozy blanket, the lush album opener "Never Give Up" lacks the against-all-odds passion the song's title suggests. Adams belts in vein-popping intensity throughout these songs, although the arrangements, progressions, and lyrics are less than moving. Adams is in lovely voice.
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Performance CreditsYolanda Adams Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila Keyboards
Jeff Bailey Trumpet
Kevin Bond Keyboards,Background Vocals
Karen Clark-Sheard Vocals,Track Performer
David Davidson Violin
Mark Douthit Trumpet
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin,Concert Master
Jim Grosjean Viola
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Jimmy Jam Multi Instruments
Lisa Keith Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina Celli
Lee Larrison Violin
Terry Lewis Multi Instruments
Bob Mason Celli
Chris McDonald Trombone
Craig Nelson Bass
Scott Shavoni Parker Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Jay Williams Guitar
Carl Rabinowitz Celli
Jeremy Haynes Drums
Naybu Fullman Background Vocals
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards,Background Vocals
Grant Nicholas Keyboards,Multi Instruments
Shep Crawford Keyboards
Warryn Campbell Multi Instruments
Eric Walz Guitar
David Angel Viola
Onitsha Background Vocals
Darrell Freeman Bass
Professa Guitar,Bass Guitar
Clinta Turner Background Vocals
Big Jim Background Vocals
Tanjala Wright Background Vocals
Kim Washington Background Vocals
Deirdra Coker Background Vocals
Ishmael Ferguson Drums
Greater Philipian Youth Choir Background Vocals
New Life Cogic Youth Choir Background Vocals
John "Jubu" Smith Guitar
Technical CreditsBobby Ross Avila Engineer
Yolanda Adams Executive Producer
Kevin Bond Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
C.J. DeVillar Engineer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Terry Lewis Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Chris McDonald String Arrangements,Score,String Conductor
Scott Shavoni Parker Producer
Sylvia Rhone Executive Producer
Alexander Richbourg drum programming
David Rideau Engineer
Lloyd Tolbert Pro-Tools
Mark Williams Engineer
Xavier Smith Engineer
Dave Cline Engineer
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Jessie Stewart Engineer
Anne Catalino Engineer
Mike City Producer
James "Big Jim" Wright Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Grant Nicholas Producer
Shep Crawford Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Warryn Campbell Producer
Alexis Yraola Art Direction
Drop Squad Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Believe based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
I think this is Yolanda's best CD yet. It has the usual great songs, but I especially like the song Darling Baby Girl. Anyone who has ever had a child that's really special to them, will know why this song really fills your heart with emotion. I had a baby girl around the same time Yolanda had hers and I can really relate to the fact that she truly is my ''Darlin Girl''
Very inspiration Gospel CD. Yolanda Adams has created another great Gospel CD.
Her singing is beautiful she makes you get into the lyrics. If your down and feeling low, listen to yolanda adams. She will bring you right back up . I can't wait for the next cd to come out. buy this cd you'll love it.
This is totally a must have. Every song will touch you in some way or another. The very first time I listened to this cd I was in tears because I have never heard such beautiful music. Thank you.
I had the pleasure of downloading a snip it of the song never give up this evening. Yolanda, you continue to bless the people in song. When you feel that you are in despair Never give up..never give up on you...
Believe is an inspirational CD that is full of encouragement. With it's powerful music and beautiful vocals, it reaches into the depths of the hurting soul. Believe inspires each individual to follow his or her dreams, and to "Never Give Up".
Her song I'll Be Ready just moves me every time I here it .It just brings me to tears .I also love her song The Bettles is not your she just breaks it down to you and just tell you to just praying and believeing in the lord and he is always by your side
I love your cd so much. It has helped me out so much. Keep up the great work. god bless.
knew from the onset when she returned to the studio that the next project would be different from Mountain High...Valley Low! I knew that the microscrope would be on her because of the monumental success of that project. Well, I'm here to let you know that Yolanda Adams Crawford did not disappoint! Yolanda is the kind of artist that you can not place in a box because she has to follow the leading of God's spirit! Every cd will be different. She strives with all of her heart to produce quality music, that not just sounds good but is able to reach the heart and spirit of a person. She has done exactly that with this project. This project has a flow and theme all on it's own. Whatever you do listener, do not buy this project expecting to find another Mountain High...Valley Low. Don't box Yolanda in like that...instead come find hope, encouragement, motivation and enlightment in Believe! Believe can be summed up in this statement right here: Yolanda informs the listener that it's not enough for you to have God in your life and him pushing you but you also have to have a confidence in yourself and confidence in the power of God that gives, sustains and enhances ones life. The first two tracks "Never Give Up" and "I Gotta Believe" encourages one to establish their dreams through dependence on God and he'll supply you with the confidence and strength you need to accomplish it! Never Give Up is a powerful, adult contemporary ballad while I Gotta Believe is a nice groovy pop song. Both have very good instrumentation. We then move into the nice duet "Fo' Sho'". The contemporary gospel song fits perfectly because it encourages you to not give up because things are going to work out Fo' Sho'. Both Karen and Yolanda sound marvelous and glides effortlessly through this song. The next song "Thank You" brings out the traditional gospel side of Yolanda as she grittingly say thank you to the Lord for what he has helped her to accomplished and has Blessed her with thus far! As she says, she's got to praise him like a crazy woman (sing girl). The next track "A Song of Faith" reminds you to keep your head up and keep pushing along while "Unconditional" reminds you where to keep looking! Song of Faith and Unconditional are nice R&B fused songs that have you banging your head to the side as you're driving or cleaning the house. Then it goes into what I feel are the three gems of the project. "Anything" is a nice mid-tempo hip hop groove written by Mary Mary and Warren Campbell and it keeps right up with the theme of the cd. Anything is one of Yolanda's best songs vocally on this project...she relaxes and just encourages the soul that you can do anything through Christ that strengthens you! The next song "Only If God Says Yes" says you can do anything but you have to make sure God has approval. With a slight string arrangement, this prayer in the form of a song soars and causes you to seek God before you make a rash move! Then my personal favorite "Since the Last Time I Saw You" is what one would say when they properly seek God before they move! Yolanda again soars as she testifies about the beauty of God once you've moved in his timing. The words are just gorgeous! She sings to all of us and let us know of the goodness of Jesus. "I'm Gonna Be Ready" is a beautifully written mid-tempo jazz ballad reminding you of a Faith Evans, Angie Stone type song that Yolanda takes on with full strides. The last two songs are songs of thanksgiving. "Darling Girl" is a tribute to her daughter Taylor Crawford. It's marvelous to hear the pride and joy in Yolanda's voice as she ligtens her tone and sings about and to the bundle of joy God has blessed her with while reminding parents of their heavenly responsibility! She then sums up the cd with "I'm Thankful" which says it all in the name of song. This is the only song that has a rap in it and it
Because of the problems I'm going through, hearing this song has truly taught me that I have to believe in myself. I now know that in order to have my victory I have to believe. To God be the glory and to him I give all the praise.
The CD is a vocal prayer that helps me focus my efforts during the day. Yolanda Adams uses the gift of song to lift the spirit and remind the listener of the blessings that could enrich their lives daily. This is my listening joy to and from work.
It is for sure one of the best Gospel CD's I have ever heard. You can really feel God move through her and use her. She is an inspiration and the Cd is amazing. Thanks Yolanda
Yolanda,is a good singer and she is a nice looking young woman.One day I wouldn't mind meeting on of these days in person i never meet a star up close and personal before.
The music in the cd ministers to me, and completely changes me. Especially number 10, I am gonna be ready, sight beyond what I see because I trust in you Lord. It has taught me to trust even when I do not see. Thank you Yolanda
Hi my name is Jenna Black and I am 10. I went on your website for the first time. I think you should play your songs longer so that people can get a better feel if they want to buy your c-ds. I realy enjoyed your songs thou.
Thank you Yolanda for during such a wonderful work.You voice really inspire me, whenever I'm feeling like my world is upsidedown all I have do is put in your Believe CD.Becuase of you and your songs,I became closer to GOD.I dedicated the song daling girl to my daugther,She look forward to that song each time I play the CD.Thank you for inspiring to get closer to god,I love you Yolanda keep up the good work.I recommended to to everybody.
This album has pulled me through some major projects and discouraging days. I seldom listen to albums over and over, but this one is my necessary inspirational lift on down days. It pushes over mental blocks. Thank you, Yolanda.
I love the whole CD (and those that came before it!) but the song ''Never Give Up'' is a special blessing to me. Yolanda Adams' beautiful voice, power, and strength shine through with a vivid light. It is truly an inspiration! My thanks.