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What a Wonderful Time
     

What a Wonderful Time

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by Yolanda Adams
 

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Gospel has scores of queens, leading ladies, and prophetesses, but class acts are hard to come by. Yolanda Adams is one of those rare gems, and What a Wonderful Time continues to prove it. The Christmas collection is her first album for Columbia Records, but she doesn't let the new guard change the way she does things. She continues to favor elegant urban soul

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Gospel has scores of queens, leading ladies, and prophetesses, but class acts are hard to come by. Yolanda Adams is one of those rare gems, and What a Wonderful Time continues to prove it. The Christmas collection is her first album for Columbia Records, but she doesn't let the new guard change the way she does things. She continues to favor elegant urban soul with just the right amount of adult contemporary, so much so that one really has to pay attention to realize that this is, after all, a seasonal disc. Only three songs are traditional here, while the rest are all originals fashioned with Adams in mind -- they're soulful, inspirational, and uplifting. This may be an issue for those who prefer their yuletide hits to sound like the holidays, which What a Wonderful Time definitely doesn't. That's because Adams is more an encourager than an entertainer, which explains the hopeful, motivational nature of cuts like "With God," "Hold On," and "Just Because," all of which would've fit gingerly on her own Mountain High...Valley Low or Day by Day albums. That's not to say she doesn't reflect the spirit or even the triviality of the holidays; the sumptuous, big-band title track finds her half-singing, half-scatting what Christmas means to her -- from Jesus all the way down to baked goods. That's exactly what's endeared Adams to so many people: to her, gospel isn't just about deep, life-changing religious experiences, but also about a lifestyle -- the way one lives the music long after the high of the Sunday service is gone. This makes What a Wonderful Time an enjoyable treat, not to mention one of the most unseasonable seasonal albums to come out of contemporary gospel music.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970943222
catalogNumber:
709432

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yolanda Adams   Primary Artist
Lloyd Barry   Conductor
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Maxx Frank   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Sam Levine   Alto Saxophone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Patrick   Trumpet,Trumbadoras
Michael J. Powell   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Sharay Reed   Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Michael Mindingall   Keyboards
Mike Casteel   Trumpet
Nathan Maxxwell   Piano
Greg Suran   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Williams   Background Vocals
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Roy Agee   Trombone
Bernard Bell   Guitar
Darren Campbell   Bass
Prentiss Hobbs   Trombone
Kriss T. Johnson   Trumpet
Jimmy Bowland   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris "Fonk Nasty" Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Stan Jones   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Yolanda Adams   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Author,Vocal Arrangements
Harry Simeone   Composer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gordon Chambers   Composer,Producer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Maxx Frank   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Piano Overdubs
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Darren Lighty   Composer,Producer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Michael J. Powell   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Deke Richards   Composer
Eric Dawkins   Composer
Michael Mindingall   Arranger,String Arrangements
Steve Barnett   Executive Producer
Noel Regney   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
James Waddell   Engineer
Kriss T. Johnson   Horn Arrangements
Mark Moody   Engineer
Keir Gist   Composer
Gary Beech   Marketing
Jeff Breakey   Engineer
Adam Miele   Engineer

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What a Wonderful Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yolanda has managed to reinvent herself on this New Christmas Cd. Before this CD came out, I wondered how she would be able to make this Christmas CD stand out on its own from her 2000 "Christmas with Yolanda" CD (Which is an awesome CD also). Well she DID IT!!!!...On this CD Yolanda taps into her jazz roots (something I've been waiting for her to do for a while)and she also has the constant Gospel R&B style she is known for...I love the CD from beginning to end...It has a mixture of styles but all reminding you of the reason for the season...Christ and His Love... My favorite songs from the CD although I love all the tracks are: Give Love on Christmas Day With God What A Wonderful Time Do Yo Hear What I Hear A Season of Love Hold On Just Because Im sure fans and new fans will enjoy this CD, so go ahead and order a copy. You will be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has so many beautiful Christmas songs, I have been looking for a new sound for this Christmas for a while ,I love what I am hearing on this CD. Yolanda Adams has a Beauitful voice that I just loves to sit and enjoy.I want my children to hear what real music truly sound like.