One Wish

One Wish

by Deborah Cox
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One Wish

Arista set out to make a huge star of Deborah Cox. Her first album scored a couple of moderate hits, but with her second they were poised to turn the burgeoning belter into a new Whitney Houston. That didn't quite happen, but the set did make her into a considerable star, thanks in part to her monster cross-format smash "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here." An interesting thing happened the year before this album's release. Cox recorded a song for the Money Talks soundtrack, "Things Just Ain't the Same." The song was not a big hit initially, but a dance mix picked up steam in clubs across the U.S., and after several months turned into a huge dance smash, which in turn opened the singer to a whole new audience almost unexpectedly. Therefore, the first official single from One Wish, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," was released as an R&B ballad to urban radio stations, and as a revved-up club anthem to pop stations and club DJs. The song was a smash, spending countless weeks atop the R&B charts and eight weeks at number two on the U.S. pop charts, cementing the singer's newfound broad appeal. That feat wasn't repeated, although the album scored another Top Ten pop hit with dramatic ballad "We Can't Be Friends," a duet with labelmate R.L. of the group Next. The album's musical spectrum was varied, ranging from the typical cheating man song popular at the time (the second single, "It's Over Now," which, in a remixed version, topped the dance charts), to safe middle-of-the-road, adult contemporary fare ("Couldn't We" and the beautiful "One Day You Will"), funky R&B tunes (one of the set's highlights, "One Wish"), and club anthems, including the dance mix of "Things Just Ain't the Same." Cox's voice, a powerhouse unto itself, sounds just as effective and very sweet when she's not belting out a tune Whitney Houston-style (evident on "I Won't Give Up"). The album also includes a bonus track, which is a hip-hop mix of the set's mid-tempo opener "September." A good album, which includes a couple of quintessential 1990s dance hits, and a prime example of Arista's incomparable marketing savvy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974825029
catalogNumber: 748250

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deborah Cox   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Robbie Nevil   Guitar
David Foster   Keyboards
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Tyren Perry   Background Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Robert Bacon   Guitar
Gale Canada   Vocals,Background Vocals
Naomi Canada-Fennell   Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Kenneth Crouch   Keyboards
Simon Franglen   Synclavier
Ronnie Garrett   Bass
Akema Johnson   Background Vocals
Khris Kellow   Keyboards
Mac Quayle   Keyboards
Daryl Simmons   Keyboards
Lascelles Stephens   Multi Instruments
Vance Taylor   Piano
Montell Jordan   Background Vocals
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Professor Funk   Bass,Guitar
Pamela Major   Background Vocals
Isaac Phillips   Guitar
Shep Crawford   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Chelle Davis   Background Vocals
Mike Mason   Strings
Nicolia Turman   Background Vocals
Kim Cooper   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anthony "Shep" Crawford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Bob Brown   Engineer
Cutfather   Producer
DJ Quik   Producer,Engineer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Ken Deranteriasian   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Simon Franglen   Synclavier Programming
Larry Funk   Engineer
Alonzo Jackson   Producer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineer
Mario Lucy   Engineer
Tony Maserati   Vocal Producer
Scott Meeder   drum programming
Axel Niehaus   Engineer
Mac Quayle   Programming,Engineer
Daryl Simmons   Producer,drum programming
Gerard Smerek   Engineer
Lascelles Stephens   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Montell Jordan   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tom Bender   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Deborah Cox   Arranger,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Stevie J.   Producer
Victor McCoy   Engineer
Hex Hector   Producer,Remixing
Christopher Stern   Art Direction
Ted Wohlsen   Engineer
Andre Evans   Producer
Professor Funk   Producer
Bob Antoine   Producer,Contributor
James Murray   Engineer
Kay Gee   Producer
Shep Crawford   Arranger,Producer
Qadree el-Amin   Management
William "P Sound" Thomas   drum programming
Culfather   Producer
James Murray   Engineer
Miguel Melendez   Management
Anthony "Shep" Crawford   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation

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One Wish 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply a beautiful album. As a minister, I don't listen to a lot of secular music. However, the themes contained in the music of Deborah Cox are so pure and meaningful that you cannot help but listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listen to all kinds of Music from Country to Rap, and few have moved me like Debrah Cox. She has an incredible voice. It's powerful, yet volunerable. I enjoyed this album. The raw emotion in
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I bought this album I have not been able to put it down.Her sultry, smooth high-octave voice just dwells with you. She is my favourite after Whitney Houston. She does not get the recognition she deserves.I her lyrical and vocal prowice it something to talk about, and she has real expertise in song-writing.She will be a big part of the music business for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago