Yours Truly

Yours Truly

by Ariana GrandeAriana Grande


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The debut album from Ariana Grande, 2013's Yours Truly, is a surprisingly sophisticated and unique showcase for the Nickelodeon sitcom star's soulful R&B vocals. As the character Cat Valentine on several Nickelodeon television shows including I Carly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat, Grande developed a huge fan following and the expectations were high for her debut album. Three years in the making and held up by numerous delays, Yours Truly lives up to those expectations. Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Yours Truly is an impeccably engineered affair. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a better platform for Grande's voice. A resonant singer gifted with a lithe affinity for both high-energy melisma and gentle balladry, Grande often brings to mind the intonations of Mariah Carey. Of course, with Edmonds at the helm, along with a bevy of commercially minded songwriters, the Carey comparisons are unavoidable and most likely intentional. Thankfully, Grande has the chops to pull it off, and Yours Truly makes the most of her talent. To these ends, tracks like the opening "Honeymoon Avenue," with its sophisticated orchestral intro, and the bright and funky "You'll Never Know" sound like lost early-'90s R&B hits. Though Grande has the talent to carry the album on her own steam, several tracks team her with guest performers, including the single "The Way," which features rapper Mac Miller; "Right There" with Big Sean; and "Popular Song," featuring Mika. Ultimately, cuts like "Baby I" and the jazz-inflected showstopper "Almost Is Never Enough," featuring the Wanted's Nathan Sykes, are bravura pop recordings that bring to mind the best of the '90s and of now.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537480821
catalogNumber: 001892902
Rank: 1399

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ariana Grande   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Meyers   Conductor
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Peter Kent   Concert Master
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Julie Rogers   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Joe Friedman   Guitar
Andrew Carney   Trumpet
Songa Lee   Violin
Courtney Harrell   Background Vocals
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Mika   Vocals
Carmen Reece   Background Vocals
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Celli
Paula Hochalter   Celli
Leon Thomas   Background Vocals
Randy Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
India Benét   Background Vocals
Vanessa Freebarin-Smith   Celli
Serg Dimitrijevic   Guitar
Fabio Spinella   Trumpet
Ben Devitt   Trombone

Technical Credits

Brenda Russell   Composer
Bill Meyers   String Arrangements
Jeff Lorber   Composer
Larry Goetz   Engineer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Mark Morales   Composer
Nat Robinson   Composer
Mark Rooney   Composer
Pamela Sixfin   String Contractor
Greg Wells   Programming,Producer
Babyface   Composer,Producer
Jason Nevins   Remixing,drum programming,Additional Production
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Henry Hey   Programming
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Matt Squire   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Travis Sayles   Composer,Producer
Peter Stengaard   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Antonio Dixon   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Nick Littlemore   Additional Production
Courtney Harrell   Composer
Ian MacGregor   Engineer
Rob Kinelski   Vocal Mixing
Mika   Composer,Producer
Carmen Reece   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Patrick "J Que" Smith   Composer
Jordin Sparks   Composer
J. "Lonny" Bereal   Composer
Phillip Lassiter   String Arrangements
Donna Gryn   Marketing
Kirk Robinson   Composer
Brad Haugen   Marketing
Rascals   Producer
Allison Kaye   Management
Scott "Scooter" Braun   Executive Producer,Management
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Ariana Grande   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Sean Foreman   Composer
Nathaniel Motte   Producer
Leon Thomas   Composer
Randy Ellis   Horn Arrangements
Mark Asari   Vocal Producer
Talay Riley   Vocal Producer
Joel Mott   String Arrangements
Laura Hess   Marketing
Harmony Samuels   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Mathieu Jomphe   Composer
Victoria McCants   Composer
Sherrod Lambert   Composer
Amber Streeter   Composer
James "J-Doe" Smith   Composer
Jo Blaq   Vocal Producer
Roahn Hylton   Composer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Malcolm McCormick   Composer
Carlos King   Engineer
Jose Cardoza   Engineer
Dennis Jenkins   Composer
Tommy Brown   Producer,Instrumentation
Parker Ighile   Composer
Jahmaal Noel Fyfee   Composer
Thomas Lee Brown   Composer
Maurice Wade   Composer
Khristopher Riddick-Tynes   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Rickey "Slikk" Offord   Composer,Producer
Sribz Riley   Vocal Engineer
Olaniyi Michael Akinkunmi   Composer
Moses Ayo Samuels   Composer
Mo-Keyz   Additional Production
H. "Carmen Reece" Culver   Composer
Anisa Moghaddam   Composer

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