by Vanessa Williams



Although it relies a little too heavily on ballads, Next finds Vanessa Williams in fine form. Williams has grown into a strong singer, capable of wringing emotion out of even banal adult contemporary tracks. She can turn the relatively empty songs into impressive showcases for her vocal talents, and when she has a good song, like the sultry "Someone Like You," the results are first-rate. There could have been more uptempo dance numbers like "Happiness" to give Next more depth, but it's still a worthwhile effort from Williams.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/1997
Label: Umvd Special Markets
UPC: 0731453606029
catalogNumber: 536060

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass
Ada Dyer   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ,Lap Steel Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Trey Lorenz   Background Vocals
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Keith Thomas   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano
R. Kelly   Background Vocals
Jerry Barnes   Background Vocals
Katreese Barnes   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Lafayette Carthon   Keyboards
David Cerutti   Viola
Jules Chaiken   Conductor
Steve Crawford   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Chris Harris   Conductor,Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar
Chuck Kawal   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sonny Lallerstedt   Acoustic Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Mark Shulman   Electric Guitar
Rob Mathes   Strings,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Michael Mellett   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Shawn Pelton   Drums
George Pendergrass   Choir, Chorus
Gary Pigg   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Rehl   Synthesizer
Cindy Richardson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Daryl Simmons   Synthesizer
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Denise Walls   Choir, Chorus
Peter Wyrick   Cello,Celli
Richard Brice   Viola
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rick Dolan   Violin
Tabitha Fair   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cynthia Jernigan   Background Vocals
Dan Needham   Drums
Joel Pitchon   Violin
Eric Wyrick   Concert Master
Billy Gaines   Vocals
Peter Winograd   Violin,Viola
Roger Shell   Cello
Adrian Johnson Ross   Background Vocals
Dennis Ross   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Richard Morales   Clarinet
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Clayton Sears   Bass
LaJuan Carter   Background Vocals
Michael Black   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tim Davis   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Vanessa Williams   Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Sue Ann Carwell   Vocal Arrangements
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Keith Thomas   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Bass Programming
R. Kelly   Producer
Joe Alexander   Engineer
Paul Arnold   Engineer
Bruce Carbone   Executive Producer
Jules Chaiken   String Contractor
Simon Climie   Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Producer
Rob Eaton   Engineer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Trevor Gale   drum programming
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Mark Hammond   drum programming
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Adam Kudzin   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Producer
Darin Prindle   Engineer
Eric Rehl   Programming
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Daryl Simmons   Arranger,Programming
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
J. Dibbs   Producer
Stephen George   Programming,Engineer
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Mikael Ifversen   Engineer
Jeff Kievit   Producer
Chris Brickley   Programming,Engineer
Kenny LaMar   Arranger
Antonina Armato   Arranger,Producer
Dennis Ross   Producer
Ray Lubrana   Engineer
John Dukakis   Executive Producer
Qadree el-Amin   Executive Producer
Jan Folkson   Programming
Adrianne Johnson Ross   Composer

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