I Commit to Love

I Commit to Love

by Howard Hewett


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Howard Hewett made a smooth transition from being a member of the trio Shalamar to becoming a bona fide solo artist. His first single to hit the Billboard R&B charts was the romantically enchanting "I'm for Real." Too fast to be a ballad and not fast enough to be a jam, Hewett still captivated radio and his audience with this moderate number. The Ohio native glides from his lacerating tenor to his striking falsetto highs supported by cogent backing vocals. The classic piece peaked at number two on the charts. The single "Stay" has a crossover appeal, but it never made a dent in the pop charts. It is not half as impressive as "I'm for Real." However, it did manage to show at number eight on the Billboard R&B charts. "I Commit to Love" falls short as well. It too is saturated with pop seasonings. Nonetheless, it tipped in at number 12 on the Billboard R&B charts. The final release was the inspirational selection "Say Amen," which is Hewett's personal testimony of being given a second chance after his battle with life's various vices. It has become an anthem for many. Inside ten weeks, it peaked at number 54. The shortcoming on this album is the material. As Hewett can deliver on the vocals, the songs do nothing for his talent as they lack excitement and mesmerizing melodies; the two elements commonly associated with his great voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596048729
catalogNumber: 60487
Rank: 90517

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Hewett   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Deniece Williams   Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Bass Guitar
George Duke   Strings,Keyboards
George Howard   Saxophone
Todd Cochran   Keyboards
Robert Brokens   Keyboards
Ronald Ray Brunner   Tom-Tom
Kevin Chokan   Guitar
Stanley Clarke   Bass Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Raymond Crossley   Keyboards
Nadia Deleye   Background Vocals
Gwen Evans   Background Vocals
Wilton Felder   Saxophone
Joey Gallo   Keyboards
Kevin Grady   Keyboards
Ed Grenga   Guitar,Keyboards
Tris Imboden   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Josie James   Background Vocals
Nicole Krauss   Background Vocals
Alejandra Loiaza   Background Vocals
Monty Seward   Keyboards
Ross Vannelli   Background Vocals
Carolyn Vigiga   Background Vocals
John Barnes   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Deniece Williams   Contributor
Howard Hewett   Producer,Contributor
George Howard   Contributor
Stanley Clarke   Producer,Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor
Joey Gallo   Programming
Kevin Grady   Programming
Ed Grenga   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Paul Ratajczak   Engineer
Monty Seward   Programming
Ross Vannelli   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Glen Barbee   Composer,Producer

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I Commit to Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this LP in the 80's and then the cassette. I will be buying the CD on my next trip to Barnes and Nobles or ordering it on line. All the songs are good, and that's what makes the best albums. Howard Hewitt sings every one of the songs on this album with soul and love. It is great!