Second Chance

Second Chance

by El DeBarge
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Second Chance

Second Chance tells El DeBarge's story of redemption, which followed a period of personal turmoil for the immensely talented singer and songwriter. "I want the world to know that everybody deserves a second chance," says DeBarge.

Co-executive produced by Ron Fair and Pete Farmer, Second Chance features collaborations with Faith Evans ("Lay With You"), 50 Cent ("Format"), and Fabolous ("5 Seconds"). It also unites El DeBarge with some of music's most notable hitmakers, including co-writing and co-production by Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Mike City, Michael Angelo, Mischke, and the Avila Brothers. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2010
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602527501086
catalogNumber: 001484402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DeBarge   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocoder,fender rhodes
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Bobby Ross Avila   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,fender rhodes
Rick Baptist   Horn
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Ron Fair   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Conductor,Vibes
Julie Gigante   Violin
Jimmy Jam   Percussion,Strings,Keyboards
Carole Kleister-Castillo   Viola
Warren Leuning   Horn
Joe Meyer   Horn
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Robin Olson   Violin
Sid Paige   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Faith Evans   Vocals
Robert Peterson   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Rudy Stein   Celli
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Chris Bleth   Alto Flute,Oboe
Paul Klintworth   Horn
Roberto Cani   Violin
Trevor Handy   Celli
Timothy Loo   Celli
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ryan Roberts   Bass
Leo Mellace   Guitar
Alyssa Park   Violin
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Steve Richards   Celli
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Aaron Oltman   Viola
Jeanie Lim   Viola
Yelena Yegoryan   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Jason Perry   Keyboards
Armen Ksajikian   Celli
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Hot Sauce   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Ross Avila   drum programming
DeBarge   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Orchestral Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Vocal Recording
Allen Sides   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Mike City   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Christian Davis   Producer,Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Pete Farmer   Executive Producer
John D. Norten   Engineer
Avila Brothers   Producer
Tremaine "Six7" Williams   Engineer
Full Circle   Composer
C. Jackson   Composer
R. Walters   Composer
Corey Shoemaker   Engineer
Tal Oz   Engineer
Jeremy Stevenson   Engineer
Issiah J. Avila   Composer
Awesome Jones   Composer,Producer
Victor "V Dubb" Wilson   Producer
Michael Angelo   Producer,Engineer
B.R. Avila   Composer
Akintunde "Breed" Akinwande   Producer
Ericka J. Coulter   Composer

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Second Chance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LadyC-SLT More than 1 year ago
After reading about El DeBarge in Ebony, and all the hardships he went through, then coming out with this CD, Second Chance, I decided this is a must-have and a-want in my CD collection. My curiosity got the best of me, as I was wondering if he still had that soft romantic voice, especially singing "Who's Holding Donna Now", "Rhythm of the Night" and "I Like It" while he was with his group, DeBarge. Ooh, la, la, he still sounds good, 25 years later, and the CD has me reminiscing my favorite song, "Who's Holding Donna Now". I am just so glad that I purchased this CD for my holiday enjoyment, along with R. Kelly's Love Letter and Sade's Soldier of Love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are an El DeBarge fan, you will not be disappointed. He's still got IT!!! Real music has returned.
blastermaster20 More than 1 year ago
An accident made me pick up this CD, and I am so glad for that accident. I had no idea that EL had been in the business for almost 20 years. And his hardships made me that much more curious as to if he still had it or not. The first song told me not to worry. He did an album that not many people paid to titled "In the Storm." Right then and there I knew that there would always be someone with "Marvin Gaye" in his heart. EL is that person. From his piano playing, overdubbing, re-recording his own voice for backgrounding, his four part harmony. All this from a man that was not afraid to be himself. From the first song, a duet with "Faith Evans", to the last song where he makes you remember "Micheal Jackson." This CD is nothing but a non-stop party and head-bobbing good time. Not everything is perfect, but boy will you love what he has done. And the one song that you have to hear is "How Can You Love Me", he is not the least bit afraid to showcase all his talents in one song. From the piano playing, to the background in four, count them 4 part harmony. You will wear out your replay button and I am and will be using this in my future music, written or sung. It should be required listening and learning by all college MUSIC MAJORS. He dose it almost perfectly, and you hear the invisible "fifth voice" that is so well known by Barber Shop Quartets. EL makes you remember Marvin Gaye with every selection. The way Marvin could make you wonder how one man have so much talent in such a small body. Anyone over 50 needs to listen to Marvin's "WHATS GOING ON", then play this and hear what is there and see if you don't go back to a time when we had so much fun. But the world was so much in trouble. Welcome back EL. We missed you and needed you right about now. Please stick around for a while, this time. PLEASE!!!
blastermaster20 More than 1 year ago
I saw this CD totally by accident on the shelf. Being one that will give anyone from my past a chance, I purchased it. From the 1st song, I have not regretted the purchase. I had not heard anything from El DeBarge since his "In The Storm." If you have that CD in your collection you know that it was somewhat paying homage to the late "Marvin Gaye" as El did several of the things that Marvin did on the "What's Going On" album of the 1970s.His ability to overdub, repeat backgrounding, etc. And what might be consider one of the best albums ever recorded in history. Also not knowing that he had not done anything in almost 13 years, and all the personal problems he has gone through, it is a pleasure to introduce to the youth of this age, "Mr. El DeBarge." This CD is almost as if he had never been away. And he is staying true to his mantra, the next "Marvin Gaye." I say this because if ever there was anyone who has figured the "essence" of what made "Marvin" so popular, it's "El." He knows how to catch you from the first track to the very last, and you never know what he will do next. So you find yourself having to sit and listen to the entire CD. Yes, some of the songs are not the best in the world, but if he has had 13 years to sit and wait for this, then rest assured that "he is back." He grabs you with the 1st track, "Lay With You" where his ability to turn a dance song into just that, a dance song at it's best. And with people like "Faith Evans", who I personally wish would record another CD, to "50 Cents", "Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam", and so many others helping out. You cannot go wrong with this CD. Along with "Lay With You," there is "How Can You Love Me" that if you're over the age of 50 will make you think that "Marvin" is alive and doing well in this man's soul, and his style. You find yourself hitting the repeat button so much on the second song, you may forget that there are even more songs on the CD. Sticking in the same vein are the soulful yet slower paced songs are "Sexy Lady, Sad Song and The Other Side." It's as if he is trying to take you on a Roller Caster ride. You kick out of the station and then when it's over, it gets slower. The one song that will surly make you sad is the very last one, "Second Chance", where his voice so reminds you of "Micheal Jackson" you will almost want to cry just to hear it. Not everything on this CD is great or even real good. "Format" makes you wish he had asked "Busta Rhyme" or some other rapper but "50 Cents" to help with the rap. Overall, this is a very good and Highly Recommended CD, and if you have children, let them hear this and then if you have a "Marvin's" "What's Goin' On" album. I will assure you they will ask you why did the man start singing in a falsetto. I say again, as long as "El DeBarge" is around, the legacy of what "Marvin" stared with "What's Goin' On", will never be dead. Pay very close attention to the track titled "Close To You." You'll forget all about "R Kellys" CD, for sure.
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