Soulful (Ruben Studdard album)

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Soulful
RubenStuddard-Soulful.jpg
Studio album by Ruben Studdard
Released December 9, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre
Length 55:28
Label
Producer
Ruben Studdard chronology
Soulful
(2003)
I Need an Angel
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (unfavorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Mojo 3/5 stars[4]
People 2.5/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[7]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[8]
Variety (negative)[9]

Soulful is the debut studio album from second-season American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. It was released on December 9, 2003, by J Records.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 U.S. album chart selling over 417,000 copies in its first week,[10] and has since been certified a platinum record. In the U.S. the album has sold an estimated 1,779,000.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sorry 2004"
4:22
2. "No Ruben"
4:02
3. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" 4:23
4. "Take the Shot"
  • K. Dean
  • Harold Lilly
4:23
5. "What is Sexy" (featuring Fat Joe) 3:40
6. "What If"
3:50
7. "Superstar" 4:13
8. "Can I Get Your Attention" (featuring Pretty Tony)
  • Lilly
  • Gerald Thomas
3:37
9. "For All We Know" 3:41
10. "Play Our Song"
4:07
11. "Don't Quit on Me"
  • Dean
  • Lilly
3:18
12. "After the Candles Burn" 3:31
13. "Flying Without Wings" (bonus track) 3:44
14. "We Have Not Forgotten" (featuring Fred Hammond (bonus track))
  • Hammond
  • Noel Hall
4:39

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[12]

  • Kamel Abdo – engineer
  • Kwaku Alston – photography
  • June Ambrose – stylist
  • Maxi Anderson – background vocals
  • David Ashton – pro-Tools, Vocal Engineer
  • Elena Barere – concert master, violin
  • Davis A. Barnett – viola
  • Bob Becker – viola
  • Eric Bell – background vocals
  • Cecilia Bereal-Powell – background vocals
  • Joseph Jr. Bereal – background vocals
  • Latanya Bereal – vocal contractor, background vocals
  • Melissa Bereal – background vocals
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin
  • Jim Bottari – engineer, string engineer
  • Paul Boutin – engineer
  • Joel Bowers – background vocals
  • Felecia Bowles – choir/chorus, group member
  • Leslie Brathwaite – mixing
  • Chandler Bridges – pro-Tools
  • Jacqueline Bridges – choir/chorus, group member
  • Jamie Brown – choir/chorus, group member
  • David Campbell – arranger, string arrangements
  • Terrence Cash – assistant engineer
  • Rob Chiarelli – mixing
  • Steve Churchyard – engineer
  • Tanisha J. Cidel – choir/chorus, group member
  • Melvin Coleman – producer
  • Steve Conover – engineer
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Cenovia Cummins – violin
  • Ashley Davis – background vocals
  • Clive Davis – producer
  • Kevin KD Davis – mixing
  • Mike Davis – assistant
  • Vidal Davis – instrumentation, mixing, producer
  • Eric Dawkins – vocal director, background vocals
  • Andrea Derby – production coordination
  • Joel Derouin – concert master
  • Vincent Dilorenzo – engineer
  • Jonathan Dinklage – violin
  • PamKenyon Donald – production manager
  • Crystal Drummer – background vocals
  • Nathan East – bass
  • Fat Joe – featured artist, guest artist, primary artist
  • Lawrence Feldman – flute
  • Steve Ferrera – drums
  • Barry Finclair – violin
  • Angela Fisher – background vocals
  • Steve Fisher – assistant
  • Ghislaine Fleischmann – violin
  • Bruce Fraser – engineer
  • John Frye – mixing
  • Simon Fuller – management
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Larry Gold – conductor, string arrangements
  • Peter Gordon – French horn
  • Gordon Goss – assistant engineer
  • Irv Gotti – producer
  • Hart Gunther – assistant engineer
  • Noel Hall – keyboards
  • Fred Hammond – drum programming, featured artist, guest artist, mixing, primary artist, vocals, background vocals
  • Ray Hammond – mixing engineer
  • Kevin Hanson – guitar
  • Andre Harris – instrumentation, mixing, producer
  • Dabling Harward – editing, engineer
  • Al Hemberger – engineer, mixing
  • Dino Hermann – pro-Tools
  • Kevin Hicks – producer
  • Larry Jackson – a&r
  • Mark Jaimes – guitar
  • Jazze Pha – producer
  • Suzie Katayama – cello
  • Rich Keller – mixing
  • Andrew Kennedy – background vocals
  • Eric King – background vocals
  • Olga Konopelsky – violin
  • Emma Kummrow – violin
  • Charlene Kwas – violin
  • Edward Lawson – background vocals
  • Ricky Lawson – drums
  • Chris LeBeau – artwork
  • Lil Ronnie – instrumentation, producer
  • Harold Lilly – producer, vocal producer, background vocals
  • Vince Lionti – viola
  • Richard Locker – cello
  • Jennie Lorenzo – cello
  • Kev Mahoney – assistant engineer
  • Harvey Mason, Jr. – group member, producer
  • John McGlinchey – assistant
  • James McMillan – arranger, producer
  • Kevin Milburn – background vocals
  • David Earl Miller – choir/chorus, group member
  • Cindy Mizelle – guest artist, background vocals
  • Rob Mounsey – conductor, guest artist, keyboards, piano, string arrangements
  • Peter Murray – keyboards, piano
  • Peter Nocella – viola
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Alyssa Park – violin
  • Bob Peterson – violin
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards
  • Malcolm Pollack – engineer
  • Postmaster – programming
  • James Poyser – piano
  • Karie Prescott – viola
  • Pretty Tony – featured artist, guest artist, primary artist
  • Alex Reverberi – engineer
  • Michele Richards – violin
  • Tim Roberts – assistant
  • Mark Robertson – violin
  • Evan Rogers – producer
  • Jonn Savannah – pro-Tools
  • Jon Smeltz – mixing
  • Dan Smith – cello
  • Richard Sortomme – violin
  • Brian Springer – engineer
  • Ruben Studdard – primary artist, vocals, background vocals
  • Carl Sturken – guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Swizz Beatz – producer
  • Igor Szwec – violin
  • Damon Thomas – group member, producer
  • Gerard Thomas – producer
  • Michael Thompson – guitar
  • Tribe Called Judah – choir/chorus, group
  • The Underdogs – group, instrumentation, producer
  • Josefina Vergara – violin
  • Tommie Walker – drum programming
  • Doc Wiley – engineer
  • Anthony Wilkins – background vocals
  • Evan Wilson – viola
  • Kevin Wilson – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Mike "Hitman" Wilson – engineer
  • John Wittenberg – violin
  • Joey Woolfalk – guitar
  • A.J. Wright – choir/chorus
  • Gavyn Wright – orchestra leader
  • Alexis Yraola – art direction, design
  • Helen Zeigler – choir/chorus, group member

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
The Diary of Alicia Keys by Alicia Keys
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 21, 2003 – December 27, 2003
Succeeded by
The Diary of Alicia Keys by Alicia Keys