One Voice

One Voice

by Nita Whitaker


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Nita Whitaker is a successful Los Angeles-based session singer, which has earned her the opportunity to make this earnest, if somewhat bland, solo album. On self-written songs and others of a similar tone, she sings of the importance of religion and familial love with a session singer's voice -- always on key, precise, and well articulated, but lacking something that would make it a real star vehicle. Whitaker once got a walk-on in The Bodyguard by doing an impressive demo for Whitney Houston, and there are several songs here in which she seems to be doing the same thing. But she never goes as far over the top as Houston does, though she has vocal chops at least as good, and her tastefulness makes you focus more on the material, which is mediocre for the most part. A characteristic mistake is her reading of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," the inspirational song from The Sound of Music written to be sung by a soprano. Whitaker is an alto, and her transposition immediately robs the song of much of its force -- it isn't about climbing mountains anymore, it's just an L.A. pop singer's vocal exercise. It may be odd to criticize a vocalist for not being excessive and indulgent, but Whitaker is performing in not just a singer's, but also an entertainer's medium. Think not only of Houston, but also of Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton, and any number of other stars more interested in calling attention to themselves than to what they're singing. That narcissism is what helps make them stars. Whitaker really cares about her sentimental messages and wants to convey them to her listeners; her more successful peers recognize, intuitively, if not consciously, that they themselves are the message. How can a singer as modest as Whitaker, however good her pipes, compete?

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Lml Music
UPC: 0711788013723
catalogNumber: 137
Rank: 178069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nita Whitaker   Primary Artist
Michael Allen Harrison   Strings
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Peggi Blu   Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Terry Bradford   Choir, Chorus
Scott Breadman   Percussion
Alex Brown   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bette Byers   Strings
Alexis Carreon   Strings
Richard Dodd   Strings
John Fluker   Choir, Chorus
Gary Griffin   Celeste,Keyboards,Timpani,Vibes,Tubular Bells,Toy Piano
Marni Johnson   French Horn
Armen Ksadjikian   Strings
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Pearlman   Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Robin Ross   Strings
Cedric Sampson   Percussion,Drums
Harry Scorzo   Strings
Melanie Taylor   Background Vocals
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Fred White   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Loeb   Piano,Hammond Organ
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
William Thomas   Piano,Hammond Organ,Choir, Chorus
Adam Jackson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Krovoza   Strings
Calabria McChesney   Strings
Russ McKinnon   Drums
Chris Bleth   Flute,Oboe,Piccolo
Osama Afifi   Bass
Debbie Gates   Background Vocals
Carol Huston   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gil Romero   Strings
Anita "Nita" Whitaker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ernest Hamilton   Bass
Maria Casale   Harp
Bryan Brock   Percussion
Jennifer Cihi   Background Vocals
Jessica Davidson   Choir, Chorus
Jillian Davidson   Choir, Chorus
Michael Kosik   Choir, Chorus
Elyse LaFontaine   Choir, Chorus
Skye LaFontaine   Choir, Chorus
David Levita   Guitar
Andrea Tuch   Choir, Chorus
Philip Vaiman   Strings
Chelsea Weidner   Choir, Chorus
Kira Weidner   Choir, Chorus
Neli Nikolaeva   Violin
Ken Stacey   Background Vocals
Delbi Smart   Choir, Chorus
Michael Turner   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Adams   French Horn
Phillip Teele   Trombone

Technical Credits

David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Gary Griffin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Dave Pearlman   Engineer
Greg Phillinganes   Piano Arrangement
Cedric Sampson   Arranger,Producer
David Loeb   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements
William Thomas   Arranger
William Ross   Orchestration
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
Roger James   Cover Photo
Anita "Nita" Whitaker   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Ernest Hamilton   Arranger
David Ives   Engineer,Sound Design
Don LaFontaine   Executive Producer
Stephen Ford   Photo Coordination

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