Mountain High... Valley Low

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Mountain High... Valley Low
Yolanda Adams - Mountain High...Valley Low.jpg
Studio album by Yolanda Adams
Released September 21, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Length 52:58
Label Elektra
Yolanda Adams chronology
Songs from the Heart
(1998)Songs from the Heart1998
Mountain High... Valley Low
Christmas With Yolanda Adams
(2000)Christmas With Yolanda Adams2000
Singles from Mountain High...Valley Low
  1. "Yeah"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Open My Heart"
    Released: July 27, 1999
  3. "Fragile Heart"
    Released: 2000
  4. "The Things We Do"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (4.5/5)[1]

Mountain High... Valley Low is an album by the gospel singer Yolanda Adams released by Elektra Records. Several singles were released from Mountain High. The set leads with the Warryn Campbell-produced "Yeah", which was co-written by gospel duo Mary Mary who springboarded from the song to gain their own fame. The most notable single was the second release, "Open My Heart", which became a massive crossover fixture on R&B radio. Both of the singles had accompanying music videos. Remixers like Maurice Joshua, Digital Black-N-Groove, Pound Boys, and Junior Vasquez were brought in to turn both of these songs into dance club-friendly material. "The Things We Do" and "Fragile Heart" were also serviced to radio and fared well on adult contemporary stations. The album stands as Adams's best-selling to date, having sold more than 2,374,000 copies and being certified double-platinum by the RIAA.[2] The album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

Track listing[edit]

Unless Otherwise Noted, Information is taken from[3]

  1. "Time to Change" (Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell) - (4:00)
    *Produced by Warryn Campbell
    *Lead & Background Vocals: Yolanda Adams
    *Background Vocals: Mary Mary
    *All (Instrumental) Music performed by Warryn Campbell
  2. "Yeah" (E. Atkins, T. Atkins, Warryn Campbell) - (3:17)
    *Produced by Warryn Campbell
    *Lead Vocals: Yolanda Adams
    *Background Vocals: Mary Mary
    *Guitar: Dave Foreman
    *All Other Music performed by Warryn Campbell
  3. "Fragile Heart" (Yolanda Adams, Louis Brown, Scott "Shavoni" Parker) - (4:38)
    *Produced by Buster & Shavoni: Louis Brown & Scott "Shavoni" Parker
    *Lead Vocals: Yolanda Adams
    *Background Vocals: Vanessa Williams, Raymond Reeder & Victoria Purcell
    *Piano Solo & All Pianos: Tim Carmon
    *Additional String Overdubs: Rickey Grundy
    *All Other Music performed by Buster & Shavoni
  4. "That Name" (Richard Smallwood) - (4:46)
    *Produced by Richard Smallwood
    *Lead Vocals: Yolanda Adams
    *Background Vocals: Richard Smallwood & Vision
    *Music performed by Richard Smallwood, Bryant Pugh, Darin Atwater, Mark A. Walker & Roger Ryan
  5. "In The Midst of It All" (Kevin Bond) - (6:57)
    *Produced by Kevin Bond
    *Live Drums: Jeremy Haynes
    *All Other Instruments played & arranged by Kevin Bond
    *Originally performed by Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family[4]
  6. "The Things We Do" (Keith Thomas) - (5:33)
    *Produced by Keith Thomas
    *Music & Strings arranged by Keith Thomas
    *Strings arranged & conducted by Ronn Huff
    *Strings performed by Nashville String Machine
    *Acoustic Guitar: Bruce Gaitsch
    *Keyboards, Bass & Drum Machine played by Keith Thomas
    *Additional Drum Machine: Mark Hammond
    *Additional Background Vocals: Debbie Winans
    *Vocal Samples: "Inaugural Address" by John F. Kennedy[5] & "I Have a Dream (Detroit)" by Martin Luther King Jr.[6]
  7. "Open My Heart" (Y. Adams, Terry Lewis, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, James "Big Jim" Wright) - (5:40)
    *Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis & James "Big Jim" Wright
    *Percussion & Live Drums: Stokley Williams
    *Guitar: Mike Scott
    *Strings arranged by Lee Blaske & Big Jim Wright
    *Violins: Brenda Mickens, Carolyn Daws, Elizabeth Sobieski, Michael Sobieski, Elsa Nilsson, Leslie Shank & Thomas Kornacker
    *Violas: Alice Preves & Tamas Strasser
    *All Other Instruments played by Big Jim Wright
    *Background Vocals: Marva King & Yolanda Adams
  8. "Wherever You Are" (Y. Adams, T. Lewis, J. Harris, J. Wright)[7] - (4:20)
    *Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis & James "Big Jim" Wright
    *Background Vocals: Big Jim Wright & Yolanda Adams
    *Keyboards: Big Jim Wright & Jimmy Jam
    *Bass played by Jimmy Jam
    *Percussion: Terry Lewis
    *Guitar: Mike Scott
    *All Other Instruments played by Big Jim Wright
    *Re-Sung Lyrics from "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Michael Jackson[8]
  9. "He'll Arrive (Coming Back)" (featuring Kelly Price) (Magdalene Millsap, Walter "Little Walt" Millsap III, Candice Nelson) - (4:16)
    *Produced by Walter "Little Walt" Millsap III
    *Lead & Background Vocals: Kelly Price & Yolanda Adams
    *Background Vocals: Candice Nelson
    *All Music performed by Walter "Lil Walt" Millsap III
  10. "Continual Praise" (Y. Adams, Tommie Walker, Fred Hammond) - (4:28)
    *Produced by Fred Hammond
    *Keyboards & Drum Machine: Tommie Walker
    *Lead Guitar & Live Bass played by Fred Hammond
    *Vocals arranged by Fred Hammond
    *Background Vocals performed by JoAnn Rosario, Bryan Pratt, David Ivey, Frederick J. Purifoy II, Kevin L. Wilson, Marsha Johns, Miatura Dias, Pam Kenyon M. Donald, Tamika Lucas & Yoshawndala Parker.
  11. "Already Alright" (Y. Adams, T. Lewis, J. Harris, J. Wright) - (4:33)
    *Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis & James "Big Jim" Wright
    *Background Vocals: Big Jim Wright, Marva King & Yolanda Adams
    *Drum Machine: Alex Richbourg
    *Keyboards: Big Jim Wright
    *All Other Instruments played by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis


  • "Yeah"
  • "Open My Heart"
  • "Fragile Heart"
  • "The Things We Do"

Music videos[edit]

  • "Yeah"
  • "Open My Heart"

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Billboard 200 24
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Christian 1
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers 1


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