Her self-titled debut in 2000 catapulted Mullen from backup singer/songwriter to pop diva in her own right. Talk About It, her sophomore release, is an equally stellar collection, using jazzy R&B grooves and gentle ballads to deliver its message that all things are possible with God. This is largely an album of comfort and encouragement, lushly produced and beautifully embellished with sampling and rich backing vocals. Children's voices resound throughout, from the opening title track to the closing coda where Mullen sings with her own children -- a playful reminder that we are all children of God. Mullen has never shied from tackling social and moral issues in her music, and Talk About It is no exception. On the groove-rich "Baby Girl" she urges self-esteem and self-respect to a 14-year-old: "Baby girl don't you know your wealth/ You're a diamond hiding on the shelf," she reminds her young friend. Brilliantly, "Baby Girl" segues into the tender "Call On Jesus," where Mullen reveals her true worth: "I'm so very ordinary, nothing special on my own... But when I call on Jesus all things are possible." Talk is a more worshipful collection than Nicole C. Mullen, which largely explored her family and roots, but there's plenty of energy and depth, making it one of the strongest releases of the year.
Performance CreditsNicole C. Mullen Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sam Bush Mandolin
David Mullen Choir, Chorus
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
Ernie Collins Tuba
David Cox Rap
David Davidson Violin
Mark Douthit Tenor Saxophone
Barry Green Trombone,Euphonium
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Viktor Krauss Acoustic Bass
Howard Levy Flute,Harmonica,Wood Flute,Chinese Flute,Chang
Carl Marsh Conductor
Chris McDonald Trombone
Chris McHugh Drums
Nashville String Machine Strings
Justin Niebank Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Gary Nicholson national steel guitar
Harry Stinson Drums
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
John Willis Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Jonathan Yudkin Violin,Viola
David Santo Bass Guitar
Duawne Starling Background Vocals
Cynthia Estill Bassoon
Marie Davis Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Silva Santos Bass Guitar
Andy Selby Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Kummer French Horn
Jason Eskridge Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nicki Gonzales Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ivy Bostic Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Catherine "Catt" Gallop Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kenneth "Scat" Springs Background Vocals
Andrew Thompson Background Vocals
Jasmine Mullen Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Mullen Producer
David Cox Programming
Carl Marsh String Arrangements
Chris McDonald Horn Arrangements
Nicole C. Mullen Programming,Producer,Composer
Justin Niebank Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Andy Selby Programming,Engineer
Linda Kowatch Composer
Astrid Herbold May Art Direction
Napoleon Coleman Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this was a really great cd! i liked it alot. she has a great voice and great songs. my favorites are Talk About it, witness and when i call on Jesus.
I was really blessed by both of her songs, My Redeemer Lives and When I Call on Jesus. They are both encouraging songs and are an encouragement to me as I go through a time of trial.
i love that song '' call on jesus'' the lyrics are just great . i love you mullen
oh my goodness! I could go on all day about Nicole! what can I say? she's AWESOME!!!! oh, and my favorite song would either be 'Call on Jesus' or 'Sometimes'.I highly recommend her to anyone.Keep up the GREAT work!
This cd has meaningful lyrics, lovely melodies, the sounds of happy kids, good rhythm, in short, everything to make it a pleasure to listen to.
I heard a pre-release of this album and it totally blew my mind! I couldn't stop listening to this CD! There is such a great variety of songs. The pop/urban cuts are awesome and her voice is so crisp and smooth on the ballads. She takes worshiping God to a new level! Each cut has something important to say and has deep lyrics. ''Call on Jesus'' is probably my favorite. ''Witness'' is great too. This album is sure to please Christians and non-christians alike. I highly recommend it!
Nicole C. Mullen Sings awsome songs. I love her rhythm and style for music. My favorite song is "Talk About It." I really recommend this CD. Her songs are the best!
A friend of mine sent this to me during a very difficult time in my life and it was very moving. "Call on Jesus" will bring tears to your eyes............it will remind you that with God all things are possible.......
Everytime I listen to ''Call on Jesus'' or ''Redeemer'' something just comes over me. I saw Nicole at a Songs 4 Worship concert a few weeks in St. Louis, and when she sang those songs I really felt the spirit of the Lord. She's got an awesome talent and I'm so glad she uses it! Keep it up Nicole!!!!! You are an inspiration!!!
I love you so much 4 your voice & 4 your music . God bless you
I THINK THAT NICOLE IS A GREAT SINGER, AND SOMETIMES WHEN I AM FELLIN LONLEY OR SAD, I'LL PUT IN HER CD AND LISTEN TO THE WHOLE SONG. WHAT REALLY MAKES IT SPECAIL TO ME IS THAT MY SOFTBALL COACH, WHO IS REALLY CLOSE TO ME, GAVE IT TO ME AND I LOVE HER VERY MUCH NOW!!!!!!!!