Wings to Walk This Road

Wings to Walk This Road

by John Stoddart


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Slotting squarely into the inspirational smooth soul category, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Stoddart serves up a polished -- arguably too polished -- debut that takes few chances but should satisfy most listeners looking for quality music in that genre. He possesses a rich, soulful voice that is often heavily overdubbed to provide his own backing singers. Spiritually based, there are a few outright nods to religion (each track is preceded by a biblical passage in the booklet), but generally the lyrics of his songs concern love lost and longing for some sort of redemption. A little of this goes a long way though, and since there is seldom any changeup in the quiet storm tempos, the album outlasts its welcome as it pushes towards an hour of playing time. That could be fine if it's quality background music you need for an evening of candlelit romance, but anyone looking for great songs that succeed as standalone singles will be disappointed. Stoddart's keyboard talent is never allowed a chance to shine, as it's kept in the background, or just bubbling under the surface of this contemporary urban soul. Somewhat similar to Luther Vandross, James Ingram, and Donny Hathaway, Stoddart's songs and vocal presence aren't strong or unique enough to make him stand out of the crowd in the slick soul field. When he adds a bit of upbeat funk on "Everybody Talkin'," the mood perks up, and more of that would definitely help this quality but overly commercial first effort make a more substantial impression.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624799627
catalogNumber: 47996
Rank: 260978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Stoddart   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Jonathan Butler   Acoustic Guitar
Gil Goldstein   Conductor
Ricky Peterson   Organ
Alex Al   Bass
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Trina Broussard   Vocals
Jonathan Clark   Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Billy Kilson   Drums
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Christian McBride   Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Lorenzo Pryer   Foot Stomping
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Keith Rouster   Bass
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Jim "Hype" Heinz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michael Ripoll   Electric Guitar
Larry Hall   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Gil Goldstein   String Arrangements
James Farber   Engineer
Ken Freeman   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Joey Kibble   Composer
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Matt Pierson   Producer,Executive Producer
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Andy Snitzer   Pro-Tools
Lloyd Tolbert   Engineer,drum programming
Stan Vincent   Composer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Angela Winbush   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Marc Portman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
John Stoddart   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Bill Reichenbach   Contributor
Nolan Williams   Composer
DC   Pro-Tools
Traditional   Composer
Ethan Mates   Engineer

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Wings to Walk This Road 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a testament to the quality of music that can resound when two genres are masterfully blended! Stoddart does an excellent job of engaging the highest sense of musical diversity while also tantalizing and impacting the very soul. Ideal for soothing entertainment and endless encouragement and worship! Well done...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say on my first listen to this cd,I was absolutely taken by this diverse talented artist.He has a sweet sultry voice that makes you feel happy and sad at the same time,and when you hear him perform in person it's so much better,it's an expierence I will never forget.My favourites 1,3,4,8,10,11,13,15 Well done John.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to John's release for a long time...and usually when that happens you end up being disappointed, but not this time....This cd mad me smile, laugh and cry. It touched parts of my soul that I had closed off. He is a man of God and an agape lover. I have bought 3 copies so far. His voice, lyrics and music are all a blessing from above!! #4,#8 #12 are my favs!! Thank you John!!!