I Am Changing
|"I Am Changing"|
|Single by Jennifer Holliday|
|from the album Dreamgirls (Original Broadway Cast Album)|
|Genre||Show tune, R&B, soul|
|Jennifer Holliday singles chronology|
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (February 2008)|
"I Am Changing" is a song from the second act of the long-running Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, the song was performed by the character Effie White, originally portrayed on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday.
"I Am Changing" tells the story of a woman who wants to leave behind the mistakes of her past and "change my life"—she sings, "I need you, I need a hand" and "I need a friend to help me start all over again". After the unexpected success of Holliday's first single, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "I Am Changing" was released as the second single from the Dreamgirls cast album.
"I Am Changing" has been covered several times. Whitney Houston performed the song on the 10th anniversary of Arista Records and also performed the song during the duration of her Greatest Love World Tour in 1986. Lillias White, who was Holliday's original understudy, has performed the song in concert. Jennifer Hudson performs the song as Effie White in the 2006 DreamWorks/Paramount Dreamgirls motion picture adaptation.
The song was performed by Bianca Ryan on the first season of NBC's America's Got Talent, a reality show which Ryan became the winner of that year. The eleven-year-old's performance of "I Am Changing" prompted show judge (and onetime teen star) Brandy to shake her head and proclaim that Ryan "makes me want to go practice … that's how good you are."
- Mahan, Colin. "Talent shines in finale". tv.com. Retrieved on 20 August 2006.