Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale


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Mega-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds assembled quite a cast for this critically acclaimed soundtrack (and movie). The phenomenal Whitney Houston leads a mostly all-star cast of artists. Houston is featured on three of the 16 selections including the "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," which crested at the number spot on the Billboard R&B charts for eight consecutive weeks and one week at number one on the pop charts. The dynamic vocalist sails through the emotional "Why Does It Hurt So Bad." She teams with Cece Winans on the inspirational duet "Count on Me," and both accomplished singers raise all hopes with their comforting vocals. With a Sly Stone twist, Babyface concocts a laid-back funk groove for the single "Sittin' up in My Room," which features the humble vocals of Brandy. Though the song does not allow her to unwind with her higher notes, it does, however, reveal her lower octaves. The single reached number two on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts. "Not Goin' Cry" features the eccentric Mary J. Blige lamenting a lyric that became an anthem for many women. Rising star Faith Evans delivers a cynical lyric with her adulating vocals.This album also includes three stellar selections by three divas: Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Khan. Their voices just defy time by soaring to admirable feats. The lesser-known acts (Sonja Marie, For Real, and Shanna) impart excellent performances on this outstanding all-female set.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/1995
Label: Arista
UPC: 0078221879620
catalogNumber: 18796
Rank: 17863

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Babyface   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vocoder,Wurlitzer
Aretha Franklin   Vocals,Track Performer
Whitney Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Patti LaBelle   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Marc Nelson   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Michael Thompson   Guitar
SWV   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
TLC   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Chanté Moore   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Toni Braxton   Vocals,Track Performer
Alex Alessandroni   Piano
Mary J. Blige   Vocals,Track Performer
Larry Bunker   Percussion,Timpani
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Melvin Edmonds   Background Vocals
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Reggie Griffin   Guitar
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Brandy   Vocals,Track Performer
For Real   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Faith Evans   Vocals,Track Performer
CeCe Winans   Vocals,Track Performer
William Ross   Conductor
Shanna   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Sonja Marie   Vocals,Track Performer
Kevon Edmonds   Background Vocals
Bob Becker   Viola

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Whitney Houston   Composer,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Jules Chaiken   String Contractor
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Dan Wallin   Engineer
Sandy De Crescent   String Contractor
William Ross   String Arrangements
Michael Houston   Composer
Christopher Stern   Art Direction
Randy Walker   MIDI Programming
Anthony Harrison   Cover Design
Solombra Tucker   Contributor

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