Soul Provider

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Soul Provider
Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released June 19, 1989 (1989-06-19)
Recorded 1988-89
Genre Soft rock
Length 42:41
Label Columbia
Producer Peter Bunetta & Rick Chudacoff (tracks 1 & 9), Michael Bolton (tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10) , Desmond Child (track 5), Barry Mann (track 10), Guy Roche (track 7), & Michael Omartian (tracks 3, 4, 10), Susan Hamilton (track 2), Walter Afanasieff (track 7)
Michael Bolton chronology
The Hunger
Soul Provider
Time, Love & Tenderness
Singles from Soul Provider
  1. "Soul Provider"
    Released: 1989
  2. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"
    Released: December 29, 1989
  3. "How Can We Be Lovers?"
    Released: 1990
  4. "When I'm Back on My Feet Again"
    Released: 1990
  5. "Georgia on My Mind"
    Released: 1990

Soul Provider is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton. The album was released on June 19, 1989 by Columbia Records. This was the album that turned Bolton into a superstar.

Supported by five top 40 hits (including three that reached the top 10), the album achieved longevity on the Billboard Top 200. It went to #3 in the US, was awarded 6x Platinum and sold over 12,500,000 million copies worldwide.

For the single version of "Georgia on My Mind" CBS edited out Michael Brecker's saxophone solo and replaced it with one by Kenny G. [1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C−[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Soul Provider has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Allmusic described it as "more of the same", but noted that due to this album, Bolton "was now stoking the romantic fires in bedrooms across America".[2] Robert Christgau gave the album a negative review, declaring Bolton to be "indistinguishable from pop metal except in the wattage of his guitar parts and the shamelessness of his song doctors."[3] The Rolling Stone Album Guide described the album as the beginning of Bolton's descent into overdone and disrespectful covers, though they added that some of the self-penned performances on the album showed potential.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Soul Provider"   Michael Bolton, Andrew Goldmark 4:28
2. "Georgia on My Mind" (Originally recorded by Hoagy Carmichael) Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell 4:58
3. "It's Only My Heart"   Bolton, Diane Warren 4:33
4. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (Originally recorded by Laura Branigan) Bolton, Doug James 4:13
5. "How Can We Be Lovers?"   Bolton, Warren, Desmond Child 3:55
6. "You Wouldn't Know Love"   Bolton, Warren 3:54
7. "When I'm Back on My Feet Again"   Warren 3:47
8. "From Now On" (Duet with Suzie Benson) Bolton, Eric Kaz 4:07
9. "Love Cuts Deep"   Bolton, Warren, Child 3:49
10. "Stand Up for Love"   Bolton, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil 4:44
Total length:

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1990 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1990 US Albums Chart 3
1990 UK Albums Chart[5] 4
1990 New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 6
1990 Finnish Albums Chart[6] 32



Cher covered "You Wouldn't Know Love" on her 1989 album Heart of Stone. Sunstorm also did a cover of the song for their 2012 album Emotional Fire.

Preceded by
All or Nothing by Milli Vanilli
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 6–12, 1990
May 20 - June 2, 1990
Succeeded by
Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul


  1. ^ "The Case of the Disappearing Solo". Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  2. ^ a b AllMusic review
  3. ^ a b Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 105. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.