All That I Can Say

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"All That I Can Say"
Mary J. Blige - All That I Can Say.jpg
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album Mary
B-side ""Beautiful""
Released July 9, 1999 (1999-07-09)
Format
Recorded 1998
Genre
Length
  • 5:30 (album version)
  • 3:59 (radio edit)
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Lauryn Hill
Producer(s) Lauryn Hill
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"As"
(1999)
"All That I Can Say"
(1999)
"Deep Inside"
(1999)

"All That I Can Say" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was composed by fellow R&B singer and close friend Lauryn Hill for Blige's fifth studio album Mary (1999). Released as the album's lead single, it became a moderate commercial success in both the United States and United Kingdom, peaking at numbers forty-four and twenty-nine, respectively.

Blige garnered her sixth Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 42nd Grammy Awards. Blige performed the song live in addition to an impromptu appearance by Hill who performed a rap on the first incarnation of The Queen Latifah Show in September 1999. She also performed the song on Top of the Pops, and her performance was shown the week "All That I Can Say" charted.

Music video[edit]

Blige is sleeping in a high rise apartment. It is morning and she wakes up and starts singing.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single[1]
No. Title Length
1. "All That I Can Say" (Radio Edit)  
2. "Beautiful" (Blackstar Remix featuring Mos Def and Talib Kweli)  
3. "All That I Can Say" (Album Version)  

Notes

  • Tracks 1 and 3 – Produced and written by Lauryn Hill
  • Track 2 – Produced and arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
    Written by James Harris III, Terry Lewis, and Mary J. Blige
    "Beautiful" Remix produced by Hi-Tek

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United States July 9, 1999 (1999-07-09)
United Kingdom November 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)

Cover versions[edit]

In 2000, French pianist Alex Bugnon covered the song from his album As Promised, which featured a guest vocals from Blige's former labelmate Christopher Williams (a former MCA signee).[7][8]

In 2011, jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato covered the song on her album The Lost and Found.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary J. Blige - All That I Can Say (UK CD, 12" (Single) Discogs.com. Retrieved Feb. 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mary J Blige – All That I Can Say" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mary J Blige: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mary J. Blige. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Mary J. Blige. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: Year End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  7. ^ "As Promised overview". Allmusic.com. 
  8. ^ "Alex Bugnon". Smooth-jazz.de.