Moving On (Oleta Adams album)

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Moving On
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Studio album by Oleta Adams
Released October 23, 1995
Recorded Various studios
Genre R&B, soul
Length 56:31
Label Fontana Records (Mercury Records)
Producer Michael J. Powell, Vassal Benford, Scott Mayo, Oleta Adams
Oleta Adams chronology
Moving On
The Very Best of Oleta Adams
(1996)The Very Best of Oleta Adams1996
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Moving On is the fifth album by the American vocalist, pianist and songwriter Oleta Adams, released in 1995. This album saw Adams move towards a more straightforward R&B sound, working with established R&B producers Vassal Benford (who had produced Rebbie Jackson, Jade and Toni Braxton) and Michael J. Powell (producer of Randy Crawford, Anita Baker and Regina Belle) who helped to mix her usual soul, pop and gospel styles with R&B. Adams wrote or co-wrote six of the twelve songs on the album, and for the first time produced two of the songs.


Four singles were released from the album. The lead single, "Never Knew Love", was the most R&B-sounding song on the album, and gave Adams her fourth Top 40 hit in the UK. The second single, a re-recorded and remixed song from her first album, "Rhythm of Life" (only included in some editions of the album), gave Adams her last Top 40 hit in the UK to date. The final two singles from the album, the ballads "We Will Meet Again" and "Life Keeps Moving On", performed less well.

Commercial success[edit]

The album had limited success, peaking at #59 in the UK Albums Chart and at #194 on the US Billboard 200, staying only one week on both charts. This was Adams' last charting album on both countries' main chart and the lack of commercial success led to Moving On being her last studio album released through Fontana Records.

Track listing[edit]

US edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Never Knew Love" Kathy Wakefield, Oleta Adams, Vassal Benford 3:32
2. "Once In A Lifetime" Wakefield, Adams, Benford 5:24
3. "I Knew You When" Donny Kees, Shawna Harrington-Burkhart 4:20
4. "You Need To Be Loved" Adams 4:41
5. "Slow Motion" Ed Fox, Evan Pace 5:13
6. "We Will Meet Again" Allan Rich, Brenda Russell 4:47
7. "This Is Real" Curtiss Boone, Michael J. Powell 5:02
8. "Life Keeps Moving On" Adams 5:32
9. "Long Distance Love" Lowell George 4:15
10. "Love Begins At Home" Rich, Jud Friedman, Adams 4:51
11. "If This Love Should Ever End" Boone, Powell 4:45
12. "New Star" Adams 4:17
Total length: 56:21


Chart Date Position
US Billboard 200 1995 #194
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1995 #49
Dutch album chart 1995 #14
UK Albums Chart 1995 #59