What My Heart Wants to Say

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What My Heart Wants to Say
Studio album by Gareth Gates
Released 26 October 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Length 63:07
Label SonyBMG, RCA
Producer Mike Peden, Steve Mac, Jewels & Stone, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson, Cathy Dennis, Oskar Paul, Rob Davis, Stephen Franglen
Gareth Gates chronology
What My Heart Wants to Say
Go Your Own Way
Singles from What My Heart Wants to Say
  1. "Unchained Melody"
    Released: 18 March 2002
  2. "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)"
    Released: 8 July 2002
  3. "Suspicious Minds"
    Released: 23 September 2002
  4. "What My Heart Wants to Say"
    Released: 9 December 2002

What My Heart Wants to Say is the debut album from the runner-up of the first series of Pop Idol, Gareth Gates. The album was released on 26 October 2002, almost a year after his success on the show. The album was produced by a team of well-known producers, including Steve Mac, Jewels & Stone, Mike Peden and Cathy Dennis. The album features a range of Gates' own material, as well as covers of some of his favourite songs.

Four singles were released from the album: "Unchained Melody", "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)", "Suspicious Minds", and the title track, "What My Heart Wants to Say". In the UK, the album went on to achieve double platinum success, selling over 600,000 copies, and peaking at #2 on the UK Albums Chart.


Gates secured a record deal from Simon Cowell to his label, Sony BMG, after he became the runner-up to Will Young on the first series of talent competition Pop Idol in February 2002. Gates audition, a version of the popular Westlife track, Flying Without Wings, secured him entry into the show. Gates' first single, a cover of "Unchained Melody", entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. The single went double-platinum, and was voted 2002's The Record of the Year by viewers of ITV.

The track was followed by another number-one single, "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)". His third single, a double A-side "Suspicious Minds" and "The Long and Winding Road", a duet with Young, also reached number one. His fourth single, the album's title track, "What My Heart Wants to Say", reached number five. The album achieved first week sales of over 100,000 copies, peaking at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and eventually earning double platinum status.


Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Unchained Melody"   Alex North, Hy Zaret Steve Mac 3:54
2. "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)"   Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger Magnusson & Krueger 3:48
3. "Sentimental"   Mike Peden, Gareth Gates, Johnson, Johnson, Kearns Mike Peden 3:16
4. "Suspicious Minds"   Zambon James Steve Mac 3:58
5. "Downtown"   Tony Nichols, Danvers Jewels & Stone 4:00
6. "What My Heart Wants to Say"   Steve Mac, Jorgen Elofsson Steve Mac 4:12
7. "Good Thing"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Laws Steve Mac 3:48
8. "Too Serious, Too Soon"   Jorgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger Magnusson & Kreuger 3:43
9. "It Ain't Obvious"   Mike Peden, Lucie Silvas, Parker Mike Peden 3:25
10. "With You All The Time"   Jorgen Elofsson Magnusson & Kreuger 4:20
11. "(I've Got No) Self Control"   Rob Davis Rob Davis, Jewels & Stone 3:51
12. "Tell Me One More Time"   Cathy Dennis, Oskar Paul, Fromm Dennis & Paul 4:17
13. "Alive"   James Gradydon, Tony Nichols, Todd Jewels & Stone 3:23
14. "One And Ever Love"   Stephen Franglen, Lupino Stephen Franglen 4:08
15. "Walk on By"   Jorgen Elofsson, David Kreuger Magnusson & Kreuger 3:50
16. "That's When You Know"   Peter Gordeno, New, Mike Peden Mike Peden 3:50

Charts and certifications[edit]



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