Forgive (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 10, 2002
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerTrey Bruce
Steve Fishell
Mark Wright
Rebecca Lynn Howard chronology
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Forgive is the second studio album by American country music artist Rebecca Lynn Howard. The album was released in September 2002 by MCA Nashville. The only single released from the project, the title track, peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and was her only Top 40 country hit. Songwriter Trey Bruce produced 11 of the album's 12 tracks, working with Mark Wright on the title track, while Steve Fishell produced "Jesus and Bartenders".[1]

"Jesus and Bartenders" was later recorded by Daryle Singletary, who released it in 2008 as a single from his album Straight from the Heart. It was originally recorded by Larry Cordle on his album Murder on Music Row.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Beautiful to You" (Trey Bruce, Rebecca Lynn Howard) - 3:44
  2. "Dancin' in God's Country" (Larry Williams, Kim Williams, Howard) - 4:02
  3. "It Didn't Look Like Alcohol" (Bruce, Howard) - 4:28
  4. "Life Had Other Plans" (Angelo Petraglia, Georgia Middleman) - 3:41
  5. "Forgive" (Bruce, Howard) - 3:58
  6. "It's My Job to Fall" (Leslie Satcher) - 4:12
  7. "Jesus and Bartenders" (Larry Cordle, Satcher) - 3:58
  8. "This Love" (Marty Dodson, Howard) - 4:01
  9. "When Did You Ever Listen to Me" (Tim Johnson, Gary Cotton) - 3:04
  10. "Memorized" (Howard, James LeBlanc) - 3:56
  11. "Pink Flamingo Kind of Love" (Bruce, Howard) - 3:10
  12. "Softly and Tenderly" (Will Lamartine Thompson) - 3:10


Compiled from liner notes.[1]

Musicians on all tracks except "Jesus and Bartenders"
  • Trey Bruce - programming
  • Pat Buchanan - electric guitar
  • Lisa Cochran - background vocals
  • J. T. Corenflos - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, gut string guitar
  • Melodie Crittenden - background vocals
  • Tony Harrell - piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Mellotron, accordion, Wurlitzer electric piano
  • Wes Hightower - background vocals
  • Steve Hinson - steel guitar, Dobro
  • Rebecca Lynn Howard - lead vocals
  • Greg Morrow - drums
  • Alison Prestwood - bass guitar
  • Chris Rodriguez - background vocals
  • Brian Siewert - synthesizer
  • Marty Slayton - background vocals
  • Michael Spriggs - acoustic guitar, bouzouki
  • Neil Thrasher - background vocals
  • Jonathan Yudkin - mandolin, fiddle, Jew's harp, banjo, cello, viola, harp, orchestra bells

Strings on "Forgive": Carolyn Bailey, Christopher Farrell, Lynn Peithman, Alison Gooding, Erin Hall, Beverly Duker, Shu-Zheng Yang, Julia Tanner, David Reneau, Denise Baker, Melinda Bootz, and Jeremy Williams

Musicians on "Jesus and Bartenders"
  • Chuck Ainlay - recording ("Jesus and Bartenders" only)
  • Trey Bruce - production (except "Jesus and Bartenders")
  • David Buchanan - recording (except "Jesus and Bartenders")
  • Steve Fishell - production ("Jesus and Bartenders" only)
  • Kelly Geidt - production coordination
  • Todd Gunnerson - recording assistant (except "Forgive" and "Jesus and Bartenders")
  • Erik Jaskowiak - recording assistant ("Jesus and Bartenders" only)
  • Heather Kennel - production coordination
  • Brian Siewert - string arrangement on "Forgive"
  • Joey Turner - recording assistant ("Forgive" only)
  • Jon Van Nest - mixing
  • Ronnie Thomas - editing
  • Hank Williams - mastering
  • Mark Wright - production ("Forgive" only)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 29


  1. ^ a b Forgive (CD booklet). Rebecca Lynn Howard. MCA Nashville. 2002. 0881702882.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Picks and Pans Main: Song". People. 23 September 2002. Retrieved 6 September 2014.