Justin Guarini (album)

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Justin Guarini
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Studio album by Justin Guarini
Released June 10, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre
Length 49:05
Label
Producer
Justin Guarini chronology
Justin Guarini
(2003)
Stranger Things Have Happened
(2005)Stranger Things Have Happened2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (D+)[2]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[3]

Justin Guarini is the self-titled debut album from American Idol season one runner-up Justin Guarini. It was released by RCA Records on June 10, 2003.

Background[edit]

In a radio interview, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, remarked of Guarini, "Following his season, there was a huge hype surrounding Justin and no one could believe the hysteria. But, everything was new and they weren't quite sure what to do. With a show like American Idol the window of opportunity is very, very small. Also, Justin had creative conflicts with his record company as far as the direction of the album that additionally aided in putting him past that window of opportunity. After the first season, they learned to capitalize on the window of opportunity for non-winners keeping them in the public eye with singles, videos, rushed CDs, etc., something that didn't happen for Justin".

In an interview with MTV, Guarini spoke of the experience saying, "It really has been just Music Industry Education 101. I learned a lot from it ... And it's not a finger-pointing issue to me; I take as much responsibility as I can."[4]

Originally the song "Sorry" was planned as the first single release from the album, but later it was decided that there would be two "first" singles. "Sorry" was released to MTV and pop radio, while his cover version of "Unchained Melody" was sent to R&B and adult contemporary stations.[5]

Subsequently, Guarini went on to co-produce and independently release a second album, a Jazz album titled Stranger Things Have Happened, and is working on a third album, planned to be a fusion of musical genres, in collaboration with upstart label 3AM Music. Guarini also composed lyrics and/or music for songs he performed for other projects such as the documentary Project Everlasting, as well as collaborated with Jazz bassist David Hughes as a featured vocalist on his album Foreign Shores.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Heart Too Many"
  • Derek Bramble
  • Greeg Pagan
  • Juliet Taylor-Stanley
3:33
2. "I Saw Your Face" 4:05
3. "Be a Heartbreaker" 3:31
4. "Unchained Melody" 3:26
5. "Sorry"
  • A. Cantrell
  • Karlin
  • P. "Silky" White
  • Souldshock
4:14
6. "How Will You Know"
  • Edmonds
  • Damon Thomas
  • Mason Jr.
4:04
7. "Inner Child" 3:18
8. "Condition of My Heart"
3:57
9. "Doin' Things (We're Not Supposed To)" 3:50
10. "If You Wanna" 3:24
11. "Thinking of You"
3:51
12. "Get Here" Brenda Russell 3:54
13. "Timeless" (Duet with Kelly Clarkson from From Justin to Kelly)
6:38

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[6]

  • Kwaku Alston - photography
  • Nancy Anderson - background vocals
  • Dave Arch - keyboards, orchestral arrangements
  • Peer Astrom - arranger, engineer, mixing, producer
  • Bag - arranger
  • Edwin Bonilla - percussion
  • Paul Boutin - engineer
  • Henrik Brunberg - assistant engineer
  • Nate Butler - vocal arrangement, background vocals
  • Kelly Clarkson - duet, guest artist, primary artist
  • Luis Conte - percussion
  • Clive Davis - executive producer
  • Eric Dawkins - background vocals
  • Tony Dixon - keyboards
  • Nathan East - bass
  • David Frank - drums, keyboards, producer, programming, vocal arrangement
  • Ryan Freeland - engineer
  • Chris Garcia - engineer
  • Justin Guarini - primary artist, background vocals
  • Dabling Harward - editing
  • Havana Hustlers - programming
  • Matt Howe - engineer
  • Sean Hurley - bass
  • Eric D. Jackson - guitar
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. - electric guitar
  • Janson & Janson - conductor, string arrangements
  • Karlin - arranger
  • Fridrik Karlsson - guitar
  • Steve Kipner - vocal arrangement
  • Greg Kurstin - keyboards
  • Christian Lantry - photography
  • Chris Laws - engineer
  • Ricky Lawson - drums
  • Jolie Levine-aller - Production Coordination
  • Bernard Löhr - mixing assistant, string engineer
  • Manuel Lopez - guitar (nylon string)
  • Juan Cristobal Losada - engineer
  • Steve Mac - keyboards, mixing, producer
  • Kev Mahoney - assistant engineer
  • Bill Malina - engineer, mixing
  • Manny Marroquin - mixing
  • Mae McKenna - background vocals
  • Lester Mendez - producer
  • Oscar Merner - guitar (nylon string)
  • Matz Nilsson - mixing
  • Larrabee North - mixing
  • Jeanette Olsson - background vocals
  • Party Man - keyboards
  • Steve Pearce - guitar (bass)
  • Greg Phillinganes - keyboards, piano
  • John Pierce - bass
  • Tim Pierce - guitar
  • Daniel Pursey - assistant engineer
  • Jason Rankins - assistant engineer
  • Wade Robson - engineer, mixing, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Wayne Rodrigues - drum programming, pro-Tools
  • Jesse Rogg - assistant engineer
  • Bob Rosa - assistant vocal engineer
  • Dave Russell - engineer, mixing
  • Robin Sellers - mixing
  • Damon Sharpe - engineer, producer
  • Joel Shepard - assistant engineer
  • Soulshock - arranger, mixing, producer
  • Ramón Stagnaro - guitar (nylon string)
  • Stockholm Session Orchestra - strings
  • Michael Hart Thompson - guitar
  • Tuff Singers - background vocals
  • Rabeka Tuinei - mixing assistant
  • The Underdogs - producer
  • Alan Veucasovic - assistant engineer
  • Gavyn Wright - strings
  • Joe Yannece - mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Justin Guarini debuted at number twenty on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 57,000 units.[7] As of December 2, 2003 it has sold 143,000 copies in the United States.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position Sales
U.S Billboard 200 20[7] 143,000[8]

References[edit]