Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook

Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook

by Johnny Mathis

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Overview

Boasting an award-winning production team in Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Clive Davis, Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook finds the legendary crooner taking on 11 radio hits from the late '90s and early 2000s. The follow-up to 2013's Grammy-nominated holiday collection Sending You a Little Christmas, Mathis' modern picks are mostly ballads (Adele's "Hello," Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," etc.), but snappy renderings of Pharrell's "Happy" and Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" prove that, even at the age of 81, he's still capable of moving some rear ends. What's best is that he sounds legitimately engaged throughout, even on the umpteenth reading of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and his voice, which is a bit overly treated at times (seriously, Johnny Mathis does not need Auto-Tune), is as strong as ever, making one wonder why it took so long for him to apply his still considerable gifts to more contemporary fare.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2017
Label: Sony
UPC: 0889854424923
catalogNumber: 544249
Rank: 21048

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mathis   Primary Artist
Kenny G   Soprano Saxophone
Percy Bady   Choir Director
Eleanor Hampton   Choir, Chorus
Shawn Stockman   Guest Appearance
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Boutin   Percussion
Andrea Moore   Choir, Chorus
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar
Demonté Posey   Organ
Vernard Burton   Choir, Chorus
Carya Holmes   Choir, Chorus
Judith Hill   Background Vocals
Terrance Marshall   Choir, Chorus
Kimberly Holmes   Choir, Chorus
Kenya Henry   Choir, Chorus
Marcus Morton   Choir, Chorus
Felicia Barton   Background Vocals
Lori Hardiman   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Johnny Mathis   Liner Notes
Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Peter Allen   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer
Jud Friedman   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer
Fred Mollin   Engineer
Dean Pitchford   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
William Ross   String Arrangements
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Demonté Posey   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Antonio Dixon   Producer,drum programming
Dave Salley   Engineer
Aaron Shuman   String Preparation
Brendan Graham   Composer
Jeff Breaky   Engineer
Ari Levine   Composer
Ian Axel   Composer
Bruno Mars   Composer
Khari Cain   Composer
Philip Lawrence   Composer
Adele Adkins   Composer
Clint Lagerberg   Composer
Steven Lee Olsen   Composer
Khalil Walton   Composer
Chloe Flower   Piano Arrangement
Mike Campbell   Composer
Mary Webster   Producer,String Score
Dave Bett   Art Direction
Chad Vaccarino   Composer

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