Beautiful Awakening

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Beautiful Awakening
Stacie Orrico - Beautiful Awakening.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 14, 2006 (2006-08-14)
GenreCCM, teen pop, R&B
  • Stacie Orrico (executive producer)
  • Marcellus "Handz Down" Dawson
  • Dallas Austin
  • Dwayne Bastiany
  • KayGee
  • The Underdogs
  • Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney
  • She'kspere
  • Lashaunda "Babygirl" Carr
  • Trendsettas
  • Track & Field
  • Dent
Stacie Orrico chronology
Live in Japan
Beautiful Awakening
More to Life: The Best of Stacie Orrico
Alternative cover
Japanese cover
Japanese cover
Singles from Beautiful Awakening
  1. "I'm Not Missing You"
    Released: August 5, 2006
  2. "So Simple"
    Released: October 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender1/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits2/5 stars[citation needed]
Christianity Today2.5/5 stars[3]

Beautiful Awakening is the third studio album by American singer Stacie Orrico. The album was released internationally on August 14, 2006. It was released in the United States on January 16, 2007 in limited quantities but was quickly pulled as her label, Virgin Records folded into EMI.[5][6]


Orrico wrote the songs for instrumental and acoustic performance: "I want to perform soul music. That is what rings true to me. And truth, honesty, and vulnerability always rise to the top."


"I'm Not Missing You" was released as the album's lead single on August 5, 2006. Its accompanying music video was directed by Diane Martel. The song charted at number 19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, an extension of the twenty-five songs that failed to make the Billboard Hot 100.

Orrico re-shot the video for release in the U.S. and Canada.[citation needed] It was directed by the husband-wife directing team Honey.[citation needed] The redone video is about Orrico being happy about not being attached to anyone.[citation needed] Unlike the original version, Orrico provided all of her own wardrobe.[citation needed] The video premiered on Yahoo! Music on December 6, 2006.[citation needed] The song, as well as Stacie, is featured as one of iTunes' 39 Girls of Summer.[citation needed]

"So Simple" was the second single for Europe and Asia[clarification needed] released on January 26, 2007 in Europe and Australia at around the same time having been released in Southeast Asia in October 2006.[citation needed] The video for "So Simple" was directed by Ray Kay and was shot in Calabasas, California between the 8 and 9 of September 2006.[7] Kay premiered "So Simple" online towards the end of October 2006 on YouTube.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave a positive review; Beautiful Awakening finds vocalist Stacie Orrico not only delivering more of the R&B soaked pop she perfected on her 2003 self-titled sophomore effort, but also maturing as an artist and a woman. Only 17 when she released her previous album, Orrico owns her womanhood here, focusing on such subjects as falling love and keeping true to yourself. Although there is not as heavy a Christian aesthetic evinced here as on her debut album, by no means does she seem to be dropping her spirituality. In fact, tracks such as "So Simple", "Dream You" and "Take Me Away" reveal Orrico's knack for a fresh and melodic neo-soul sound with a bent toward lyrics about inner beauty, true love and happiness. In that sense, Orrico often seems like a balanced mix of such contemporaries as Corinne Bailey Rae and Christina Aguilera. These are heartfelt, hummable and sometimes funky tracks that truly showcase Orrico's growing vocal talent and pop charisma.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "So Simple" (Stacie Orrico, Anna Slade, Tiffany Palmer, Dwayne Bastiany, Carlos Ricketts)– 3:48
  2. "I'm Not Missing You" (Orrico, Tawanna Dabney, Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney, Balewa Muhammad, Keir Gist, Esteban "Cito" Crandle) – 4:12
  3. "Dream You" (Orrico, Novel, Dallas Austin) – 3:27
  4. "Easy to Luv You" (Orrico, Stevenson, Novel, Tony Reyes) – 4:29
  5. "Save Me" (Orrico, Lashaunda Carr, Kevin "Shekspere" Briggs, Nate Butler) – 4:06
  6. "Take Me Away" (Dabney, Eric Daniels, Marcellus "Handz Down" Dawson, Johnathan Lafayette, Michael Franks, KayGee) – 3:17
  7. "Babygirl" (Orrico, Stevenson, Novel)– 3:37
  8. "Wait" (Orrico, Jasper Cameron, Novel, Tony Reyes) – 3:29
  9. "Is It Me" (Lonnie Liston Smith, Anthony Dent, Nastacia "Nazz" Kendall) – 4:01
  10. "Don't Ask Me to Stay" (Orrico, Dabney, Phil "Taj" Jackson, Joel Kipnis, Abney, KayGee, Crandle) – 4:17
  11. "I Can't Give It Up" (Orrico, Carr, Briggs, Butler) – 4:32
  12. "Beautiful Awakening" (Orrico, Brian West, Gerald Eaton) – 4:25

Japanese edition bonus tracks
Released:August 14, 2006

  1. "Frustrated" – 3:53
  2. "Brush 'Em Off" (featuring Novel) – 4:20

iTunes UK/Europe/Australia/Canada bonus track
Released: August 30, 2006

  1. "Addictive" – 4:03

Wal-Mart bonus download
Released: January 16, 2007

  1. "Tantrum" – 4:51

Sampling credits[edit]

  1. "So Simple" contains a sample from "Doo Wop (That Thing)" as performed by Lauryn Hill
  2. "Take Me Away" contains a sample from "On My Way Home to You" as performed by Michael Franks
  3. "Is It Me" contains a sample from "A Garden of Peace" as performed by Lonnie Liston Smith and "Dead Presidents II" as performed by Jay-Z


Credits adapted from AllMusic.[10]

  • Creative director: Stacie Orrico
  • Producer: Dallas Austin and Novel, Bastiany, KayGee and Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney, The Underdogs, She'kspere, Lashaunda "Babygirl" Carr, Trendsettas, Track & Field, Stacie Orrico, Dent
  • Vocal producer: Stacie Orrico, Tiffany Palmer, Carlos Ricketts
  • Engineers: Dwayne Bastiany, Anthony Dent, Rob Herrera, Carlton Lynn, Rick Sheppard, Josh Wilbur
  • Assistant engineers: Yvan Bing, Chris Jenkins, Graham Marsh
  • Sound design: Rick Sheppard
  • Instrumentation: Dwayne Bastiany, Anthony Dent
  • Mixing: Josh Wilbur, Carlton Lynn, Greg Price
  • Programming: Dwayne Bastiany, Anthony Dent
  • Mastering: Herb Powers
  • A&R: Michelle Ryang
  • Stylist: Dawn Boonyachlito


Chart (2006) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 61
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 51
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[13] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 39
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 64
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[16] 15


  1. ^ Beautiful Awakening at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 17, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "STACIE ORRICO - Beautiful Awakening Promo-CD RARE NEW (05/28/2010)". Worthpoint. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Behind the scenes footage from the "So Simple" video shoot on YouTube.
  8. ^ Stacie Orrico's "So Simple" video on YouTube.
  9. ^ Matt Collar. "Beautiful Awakening - Stacie Orrico - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Beautiful Awakening - Stacie Orrico - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ " – Stacie Orrico – Beautiful Awakening" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  12. ^ " – Stacie Orrico – Beautiful Awakening" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2006-08-28" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  14. ^ " – Stacie Orrico – Beautiful Awakening". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Stacie Orrico | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 2, 2017.