Where You Are (Jessica Simpson song)

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"Where You Are"
Single by Jessica Simpson featuring Nick Lachey
from the album Sweet Kisses
Released January 2, 2000[1]
Format CD maxi single, 12" single
Recorded 1998
Genre Teen pop, R&B
Length 4:27 (Album Version)
3:54 (Edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters, A. Stamatopoulou, Nick Lachey
Producer(s) Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters
Jessica Simpson singles chronology
"I Wanna Love You Forever
(1999)
"Where You Are"
(2000)
"I Think I'm in Love with You"
(2000)
Nick Lachey singles chronology
""Where You Are"
(2000)
"Shut Up"
(2003)

"Where You Are" is a song by American recording artist Jessica Simpson from her debut studio album Sweet Kisses. The single was released after strong commercial interest in her first single "I Wanna Love You Forever". Written by Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters, A. Stamatopoulou, Nick Lachey and produced by Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters, the song (which is a collaboration with Nick Lachey) was released as Simpson' second single on May 2, 2000 by Columbia.

Reached sixty-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Simpson's third Hot 100 chart entry. The single is most known for being the first single ever in which Simpson professionally recorded with Lachey. (The couple went on to record several other duets, including, but not limited to, "A Whole New World" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside".)

Background[edit]

Simpson first developed and nurtured her talent in her local Baptist church, where her father also worked as the congregation's youth minister. At age twelve, she unsuccessfully auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club.[2] While attending a church camp, at the age of 13, Simpson sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and an arrangement of "Amazing Grace". One of the camp's visitors was launching a Gospel music record label and saw great promise and profits in her voice. It was during this time, while attending J. J. Pearce High School, Simpson signed to Proclaim Records, a minor Gospel music record label. She recorded an album, Jessica, but Proclaim went bankrupt and the album was never officially released except for a small pressing funded by her grandmother. This small pressing gained her minor attention which led her to performing at concerts with other gospel legendary acts such as Kirk Franklin, God's Property, and CeCe Winans. When she was sixteen years old, Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola heard Jessica, he was impressed with Simpson’s musical talent and skill. Mottola instantly thought Simpson sounded like Mariah Carey. Simpson was immediately signed to the label. She dropped out of high school but later earned her GED.[3][4]

Due to the mainstream success of teen pop artist Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, the label felt Simpson's debut album would perform just as well, if not better than Spears' and Aguilera's. Simpson immediately began working with producers such as Louis Biancaniello, Robbie Nevil, Evan Rogers, and Cory Rooney. Biancaniello worked with Simpson on three of the albums eleven tracks, including "I Wanna Love You Forever", "Where You Are", and "Heart of Innocence". Simpson also met up with her then-boyfriend Nick Lachey, who already had a growing fanbase due to his work with boy-band 98 Degrees. Together, the couple recorded a duet, titled "Where You Are".

Writing and production[edit]

"Where You Are" was written by Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello (the two also produced the album) with the help of A. Stamatopoulou. "Where You Are" is a classic pop ballad that talks about love, similar to other songs of the era in which it was released as a single, as "Walk Me Home" by Mandy Moore and "I Turn to You" by Christina Aguilera. It was composed in my major key and has a tempo of 76 beats per minute. Simpson's vocal range extends from note to note fa menor3 do mayor5. The lyrics of "Where You Are" is constructed in verse–chorus form and is centered on the first love. "Where You Are" is a sweet, graceful melancholy ballad built mainly based on a piano melody.

Due to the sentimental lyrics of the single, it was also included on the soundtrack of the 2000 teen film Here on Earth.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Kevin Bray, the video of "Where You Are" is relatively low key and features Lachey and Simpson singing to each other. Due to the song's dark nature, the film stock is graduated to align with pale tones that can be seen in the video. As the video is also from the Here on Earth soundtrack, the video features scenes from the film.

The video debut on TRL February 17, 2000 at #8.

Chart performance[edit]

"Where You Are" was the second commercial single to be released from Sweet Kisses. The single was released on January 2, 2000, and it charted in the top five (number four) on the Billboard US Single Sales Chart. "Where You Are" was relatively unsuccessful, especially in comparison with the success of its predecessor, "I Wanna Love You Forever". The track failed to reach even the top fifty of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at sixty-two. The song did, however, become a relative Adult Contemporary hit.

On the dance charts, the song was not received by dance fans on the dance floor, and failed to chart on Hot Dance Music/Club Play. Strangely enough though, dance fans reacted strongly to the physical single of the song and the song became a hit on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales reaching number four. Critics of Billboard Magazine have explained this seeming contradiction by pointing out that the physical single had a previously unreleased remix of "I Wanna Love You Forever" included on it, so that may have helped sales. The single, which was not as successful as her debut, went on to sell around 100,000 copies within the US alone (the single was not released anywhere else).

Internationally, the song was not released in major music markets excluding Canada.

Awards[edit]

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2000 Where You Are Choice Breakout Won[5]
Choice Love Song Won[5]

Formats and track listings[edit]

US Maxi-CD [6]

  • 1 Where You Are [Album Version] 4:32
  • 2 Where You Are [Lenny B's Club Mix] 10:55
  • 3 Where You Are [Lenny B's Dub Mix] 7:14
  • 4 Where You Are [Lenny B's Bonus Beats] 2:30
  • 5 I Wanna Love You Forever [Soul Solution Extended Club Vocal Version] 9:28

US Promotional Only Single [7]

  • 1 Where You Are [Edit] 3:54
  • 2 Where You Are [Album Version] 4:32

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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