Again (Faith Evans song)
|Single by Faith Evans|
|from the album The First Lady|
|Released||February 8, 2005|
|Producer(s)||Carvin & Ivan|
|Faith Evans singles chronology|
"Again" is a song by American recording artist Faith Evans. It was written by Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, and Evans and produced by Carvin & Ivan for her fourth studio album The First Lady (2005). A midtempo R&B record with heavy neo soul and Motown influences, it features a sample from American soul group The Whatnauts' song "Genuine", penned by Jerry Harris, and Venus Dodson.
Released as the album's lead single, the song marked a top ten return for Evans on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number seven, and charting at number 47 on the Hot 100 chart. It also returned her to the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart, where "Again" peaked at number 12.
Background and recording
"Again" was written by Evans with Venus Dodson, Jerry Harris, and Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins, while the latter handled the song's entire production. The track is one out of several track on which Evans collaborated with Carvin & Ivan, both of whom advised her to record a song for the album that would address her 2004 arrest for drug possession. In an interview with Vibe, Haggins noted, that the original lyrics to "Again" were actually more risqué than the version that was eventually recorded for the album. In the first version of the song's second verse Evans name-checked radio personality Wendy Williams and cited old rumors about a romance with Tupac Shakur. Evans called "Again" a "testament to my name" and added: "This song is near and dear to my heart. I’m not perfect, and everything I’ve been through has been for a reason. My faith in God and knowing that he watches over me helps me to believe that if he brought me to it, he’ll bring me through it."
The accompanying music video for "Again" was directed by longtime collaborator Chris Robinson and filmed in Los Angeles, California in late January 2005. Production was overseen by Dawn Rose for Robot Films/HSI, while Jeff Selis served as the video's editor. It debuted in March 2005.
Formats and track listings
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from the liner notes of The First Lady.
- Songwriting – Ivan Barias, Venus Dodson, Faith Evans, Carvin Haggins, Jerry Harris
- Production – Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Ivan "Orthodox" Barias
- Recording – Brad Todd
- Mixing – Manny Marroquin
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||15|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||17|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||100|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||12|
|US Billboard Hot 100||47|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||7|
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