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 Christmas, R&B, pop, holiday, gospel, soul
Label Arista
Producer Whitney Houston, Mervyn Warren, Troy Taylor, Gordon Chambers, Barry Eastmond
Whitney Houston chronology
Just Whitney...
(2002)
One Wish: The Holiday Album
(2003)
The Ultimate Collection
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/5 stars[2]
The New York Times Positive[3]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[4]
Slant 3/5 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 2013 it had sold over 546,000 copies to date.[6] 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 [.]"[7] The New York Times noted the "lavish swoops, the sultry whispers, the gospelly asides and the meteoric crescendos" from Houston.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The First Noel" Traditional Troy Taylor 3:14
2. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" Taylor 3:12
3. "Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Bobbi Kristina Brown) Mervyn Warren 4:29
4. "One Wish (For Christmas)"
  • Chambers
  • Eastmond
4:12
5. "Cantique de Nöel (O Holy Night)" Traditional Warren 3:48
6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
  • Kim Gannon
  • Walter Kent
  • Buck Ram
Warren 3:45
7. "Deck the Halls/Silent Night" Traditional Warren 4:29
8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Warren 4:49
9. "O come, O come, Emmanuel" Traditional Warren 3:06
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.[8]

  • 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[9] 49
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 14
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[11] 5

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