One Wish: The Holiday Album

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One Wish: The Holiday Album
Whitney Houston - One Wish-The Holiday Album.jpg
Studio album by Whitney Houston
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded 1996, 2002–2003
Genre
Label Arista
Producer
Whitney Houston chronology
Just Whitney...
(2002)Just Whitney...2002
One Wish: The Holiday Album
(2003)
The Ultimate Collection
(2007)The Ultimate Collection2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times1.5/5 stars[2]
The New York TimesPositive[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[4]
Slant3/5 stars[5]

One Wish: The Holiday Album is the sixth studio album by American singer Whitney Houston, released in November 2003. The album is a Christmas album, and featured the single "One Wish (for Christmas)", which reached the top twenty on Billboard's US Adult Contemporary chart. The album spent six weeks on the Billboard 200 and as of January 11th 2018 the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales over 500,000 copies. The album also features a duet with Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina on "The Little Drummer Boy". The album also re-uses "Joy to the World" and "Who Would Imagine a King" from 1996's The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album.

Critical reception[edit]

Moscow-Pullman Daily News wrote that Houston's "voice [...] dazzles on [the album] [...] as she soulfully interprets holiday classics[.] Her voice - though at times a bit raspy - captivates on every track [.]"[6] The New York Times noted the "lavish swoops, the sultry whispers, the gospelly asides and the meteoric crescendos" from Houston.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The First Noel"TraditionalTroy Taylor3:14
2."The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"Taylor3:12
3."Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Bobbi Kristina Brown)Mervyn Warren4:29
4."One Wish (For Christmas)"
  • Chambers
  • Eastmond
4:12
5."Cantique de Nöel (O Holy Night)"TraditionalWarren3:48
6."I'll Be Home for Christmas"
  • Kim Gannon
  • Walter Kent
  • Buck Ram
Warren3:45
7."Deck the Halls/Silent Night"TraditionalWarren4:29
8."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Warren4:49
9."O come, O come, Emmanuel"TraditionalWarren3:06
10."Who Would Imagine a King" (featuring The Nativity Choir)
  • Warren
  • Hallerin Hilton Hill
3:30
11."Joy to the World" (with The Georgia Mass Choir)Traditional
  • Warren
  • Houston
4:41
Total length:43:15

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[7]

  • Joey Arbagey – A&R
  • Julien Barber – viola
  • Ray Bardani – mixing
  • Sandra Billingslea – violin
  • Ralph Blane –
  • Edie Lehmann Boddicker – background vocals
  • Joseph Bongiorno – upright bass
  • Alfred Brown – viola
  • Ray Brown Trio – primary artist
  • Carmen Carter – background vocals
  • Gordon Chambers – producer, vocal arrangement, background vocals
  • Bernard Davis – drums
  • John Dexter – viola
  • Sante d'Orazio – photography
  • Earl Dumler – oboe
  • Barry J. Eastmond – conductor, engineer, keyboards, producer, string arrangements
  • Max Ellen – violin
  • Steve Fisher – assistant
  • Roxanna Floy – make-Up
  • Scott Frankfurt – drum programming, percussion programming
  • Ian Freebairn-Smith – background vocals
  • Roger Freeland – background vocals
  • Michelle George – A&R
  • Georgia Mass Choir – primary artist
  • Sharlotte Gibson – background vocals
  • Sandi Hall – background vocals
  • Phil Hamilton – acoustic guitar, electric guitar=
  • Reggie Hamilton – bass
  • John Holmes – assistant
  • Ashley Horne – violin
  • Gary Houston – background vocals
  • Whitney Houston – lead vocals, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Regis Iandiorio – violin
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • Ronald Jenkins – bass
  • Richard Thomas Jennings – art direction, design
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Thom "TK" Kidd – engineer
  • Olivia Koppell – viola
  • Gail Kruvand – bass
  • David Kutch – mastering
  • Ellin La Var – hair stylist
  • Leonid Levin – violin
  • Jesse Levy – cello
  • Ezekiel Lewis – vocal arrangement, background vocals
  • Jason Locklin – assistant
  • Stephen Mackey – background vocals
  • Joseph Magee – engineer
  • Margaret Magill – violin
  • Phil Magnotti – string engineer
  • Nick Marshall – assistant
  • Myrna Matthews – background vocals
  • Roger Moody – assistant
  • Kermit Moore – cello
  • Michael Morton – flute
  • Jeff Moses – assistant
  • Eugene J. Moye – cello
  • Joe-mama nitzberg – Creative Director
  • Jack Odom – assistant
  • Zack Odom – assistant
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Carol Pool – violin
  • Dave Reitzas – mixing
  • Alex Reverberi – assistant
  • Marnie Riley – assistant
  • Maxine Roach – viola
  • Anthony Ruotolo – assistant
  • Matthew Schwartz – a&r
  • Tony Shepperd – engineer, mixing
  • Rob Skipworth – assistant
  • Ivy Skoff – production coordination
  • Matt Snedecor – assistant
  • Timothy Snell – stylist
  • Andy Stein – violin
  • Katherine LiVolsi Stern – violin
  • Sally Stevens – vocal contractor, background vocals
  • Marti Sweet – violin
  • Gerald Tarack – concert master, violin
  • Craig "Niteman" Taylor – assistant
  • Troy Taylor – arranger, bass, drums, keyboards, producer, programming, vocal arrangement, background vocals
  • Shelene Thomas – background vocals
  • Carmen Twillie – background vocals
  • Mervyn Warren – arranger, choir arrangement, conductor, drum programming, keyboards, percussion, percussion programming, piano, producer, string arrangements, vocals, background vocals
  • Oren Waters – background vocals
  • John West – background vocals
  • Gerald White – background vocals
  • Michael White – engineer
  • Belinda Whitney – violin
  • Frank Wolf – engineer
  • Harry Zaratzian – viola

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003/2012) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 49
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 14
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[10] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review".
  2. ^ Lewis, Randy (December 11, 2003). "Tinsel tunes for holidays". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 5, 2003). "Holiday Albums; WHITNEY HOUSTON". The New York Times.
  4. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/whitney-houston/albumguide
  5. ^ "Whitney Houston One Wish: The Holiday Album - Album Review - Slant Magazine".
  6. ^ "Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Google News Archive Search".
  7. ^ "One Wish: The Holiday Album – Whitney Houston | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Whitney Houston Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "Whitney Houston Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  10. ^ "Billboard". Retrieved February 12, 2012.

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