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Heart to Yours
Studio album by Michelle Williams
Released United States April 16, 2002
United Kingdom May 13, 2002
Japan September 13, 2002
Germany December 2, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre R&B, gospel
Length 47:55
Label Sanctuary, Columbia
Producer Buster, Warryn Campbell, Shirley Caesar, H.R. Crump, Damon Elliott, Luther "Mano" Hanes, Paul Hemphill, Michael E. Mathis, Kayla Parker, Shavoni, Bubba Smith, Erron Williams
Professional reviews
Michelle Williams chronology
Heart To Yours
(2002)
Do You Know
(2004)
Singles from Heart to Yours
  1. "Heard a Word"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Sun Will Shine Again"
    Released: 2002 [3]

Heart to Yours is the first solo album by American singer Michelle Williams released on April 16, 2002, by Sanctuary and Columbia Records. With lyrics attesting to a relationship to God, the album features tributes to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Although the album received mixed reviews from critics, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Gospel charts with nearly 20,000 copies sold in one week, becoming 2002's biggest selling album of the that genre in the U.S.

Contents

Background and production

In late 2000, while recording their third album, Survivor, Destiny's Child revealed that they would produce solo albums, although no signed deals had yet been made.[4] After the release of Survivor, the group announced in late 2001 a temporary break-up to focus on solo projects, including working on their own albums.[5] Before undertaking their respective solo projects, the group released a Christmas album, 8 Days of Christmas.

Williams worked in the studio with several musical collaborators, including Damon Elliott, Warren Campbell and gospel producer HR Crump. Williams' brother, Erron Williams, also produced some of the tracks on the album. Williams also co-wrote five of the songs.[6]

Content

Generally, the album features gospel music, with inspirational lyrics about building a relationship with God. The opening track and lead single of the album, "Heard a Word", sums up the theme of the album, with its chorus: "I heard a word/ Saying you'll be fine/ I heard a word that would ease my troubled mind/ Took all the hurt away/ Warmed me up inside like a summer day/ So glad you'd never break your promises." Other songs are tributes to the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States: "Heart to Yours" and "Better Place" were inspired by the catastrophic event, while the latter is also an emotional tribute to those who lost loved ones who died in the attack.[6]

The album features guest vocals by various artist. Destiny's Child band mates appear in "Gospel Medley", a song originally produced for their 2001 album, Survivor. Other guest include Carl Thomas on the new version of BeBe & CeCe Winans' "Heaven",[2] a bonus track of the album; Men of Standard's Isaac Carree and Lowell C. Pye on "You Care for Me"; Mary Mary on "So Glad"; and Shirley Caesar on "Steal Away to Jesus",[6] a ballad which was included on the release of Caesar's 2001 album, Hymns.[7]

Release

While her musical cohorts were finishing their projects, Williams' management strategically planned a successive release of their albums to avoid "rivalry" on the charts.[7] Over a period of one year, Williams released Heart to Yours on April 16, 2002, in the United States,[6] ahead of Kelly Rowland's 2002 album, Simply Deep and Beyoncé Knowles' 2003 Dangerously in Love, all debut releases.

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Critical reviews

Heart to Yours received mixed reviews from critics. Tracy Hopkins of Rolling Stone magazine said that despite Williams' collaborations with contemporary gospel singers, the album "only reinforce the thin-piped vocalist's shortcomings". Hopkins wrote that although Williams "is in the right place", her vocals are "too quiet" and the production is too "tame to start a real Holy Ghost party".[2] While the latter was making Williams' voice her subject, William Ruhlmann of Allmusic commented that the singer "has transformed herself from kitten to tiger, belting out the words with absolute conviction". Ruhlmann complimented the non-hasty production of the album, saying that it was because "there are different producers on nearly every track, and the arrangements for the most part are state-of-the-art urban contemporary efforts".[1]

Commercial reception

Although Heart to Yours failed to dominate the U.S. Billboard 200, it gained success on Billboard components charts. The album entered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart at number one. With combined chart success after peaking at number three on the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian Albums, Heart to Yours became 2002's top-selling gospel album.[8] On the main album chart in the U.S., the Billboard 200, the album reached number fifty-seven on May 4, 2002.[9] According to The New York Times, Heart to Yours sold 203,000 domestically.[10]

Chart Performances

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200 57
U.S. Gospel Albums 1
Hot Christian Contemporary Albums 3

Track listing

# Title
1. "Heart to Yours"
Written by: Michelle Williams/Williams/Parker/Washington
3:54
2. "Heard a Word"
Written by: M. Williams/Brown/Parker
4:56
3. "So Glad" (duet w/ Mary Mary)
Written by: Erica Campbell/Tina Campbell/Warryn Campbell/Santacruz
3:54
4. "Sun Will Shine Again"
Written by: Parker
4:18
5. "Better Place (9.11)"
Written by: M. Williams/Elliott/Parker
3:01
6. "Change the World"
Written by: Brown/Crump
3:59
7. "Everything"
Written by: M. Williams/Crump/Parker/Williams
3:33
8. "You Care for Me" (featuring Isaac Carree & Lowell Pye of Men of Standard)
Written by: Crump
5:56
9. "Steal Away to Jesus" (duet w/ Shirley Caesar)
Written by: Michelle Williams/Shirley Caesar
3:27
10. "Rock with Me"
Written by: M. Williams/Parker
6:04
11. "Gospel Medley" (feat. Destiny's Child)
Written by: B. Knowles/K. Franklin/Smallwood
3:26
12. "Heaven" (feat. Carl Thomas) (bonus track)
Written by: Thomas/Winans
3:07
13. "Steal Away to Jesus (Remix)" (duet w/ Shirley Caesar)
(Japan bonus track)
3:52

Credits

  • Executive producers: Mathew Knowles
  • Producer: Scott Shavoni Parker, Buster, Warryn Campbell, Shirley Caesar, H.R. Crump, Damon Elliott, Luther "Mano" Hanes, Paul Hemphill, Michael E. Mathis, Kayla Parker, Bubba Smith, Erron Williams
  • Vocal producer: H.R. Crump, Kayla Parker
  • Vocal assistance: Lisa Butts, Isaac Carree, Gene Conyers, Damon Elliott, Donald Gore, Kayla Parker, Lowell Pye
  • Engineers: Wayne Allison, Rich Balmer, Shavoni, Buster, Cedric Courtois, Larry Sturm, Peter Thyssen, Dan Workman
  • Mixing: Buster, Thor Laewe, Kevin Parker, Larry Sturm
  • A&R: Kim Burse, Alvin Williams
  • Art direction: Ian Cuttler, Kris Feldman
  • Design: Frank Carbonari, Ian Cuttler
  • Photography: Christopher Kolk

References

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Album Review: Michelle Williams - Heart to Yours". Allmusic. Macrovision Company. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:21520roai48b. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  2. ^ a b c Hopkins, Tracy (2002-04-16). "Michelle Williams: Heart to Yours". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/michellewilliams/albums/album/158005/review/5943022/heart_to_yours. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  3. ^ Michelle Williams Sun Will Shine Again Japan Promo 5" CD SINGLE (228200)
  4. ^ vanHorn, Teri (2000-12-08). "Destiny's Child Solo CDs Won't Compete With Group, Each Other". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1375022/20001208/destinys_child.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  5. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2005-06-13). "Destiny's Child's Long Road To Fame (The Song Isn't Called 'Survivor' For Nothing)". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1504044/20050613/destinys_child.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  6. ^ a b c d Moss, Corey (2002-03-15). "Destiny's Child Solo Gospel Album Features 9/11 Tribute". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1452910/20020315/story.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  7. ^ a b vanHorn, Teri (2001-10-11). "Independent Women Of Destiny's Child Coordinate Solo Projects". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1449919/20011011/destinys_child.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  8. ^ "Music World/Columbia Records Set to Release 'Unexpected,' the New Full-Length Studio Album From Grammy-Winning Musical Artist Michelle Williams". PR Newswire (Forbes). 2008-04-01. http://www.forbes.com/prnewswire/feeds/prnewswire/2008/04/01/prnewswire200804020001PR_NEWS_USPR_____NYW052.html. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  9. ^ "Michelle Williams: Heart to Yours". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=319481&aid=530489. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  10. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (2004-11-14). "Beyoncé's Second Date With Destiny's Child". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/14/arts/music/14ogun.html. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  

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