Take Me Higher

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This article is about the Diana Ross album. For the song by Creed, see Higher (Creed song). For the song by J. Williams and Dane Rumble and covered by Titanium, see Takes Me Higher.
Take Me Higher
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Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September 5, 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre R&B, soul, hip-hop soul, dance
Length 50:50 (USA edition)
Label Motown
Producer Nick Martinelli, Narada Michael Walden, Brenda Russell, Jon-John, the Boom Brothers
Diana Ross chronology
A Very Special Season
(1994)
Take Me Higher
(1995)
Voice of Love
(1996)
Singles from Take Me Higher
  1. "Take Me Higher"
    Released: August 5, 1995
  2. "Gone / Swing It"
    Released: November 14, 1995
  3. "Voice of the Heart / If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right"
    Released: February 20, 1996
  4. "I Will Survive"
    Released: April 14, 1996

Take Me Higher is a studio album by American singer Diana Ross, released in 1995 on the Motown label. It reached #114 in the USA (#38 R&B) and sold a little over 100,000 copies.[1] The album features production from urban producers such as Narada Michael Walden, Brenda Russell, Jon-John and the Boom Brothers, the latter two coming from Babyface's production company. The album yielded the UK hits "Take Me Higher", "Gone" and Ross's dance cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", which featured club mixes by Steve Rodway of Motiv8 and Grammy Award winning Remixer Hex Hector. Ross's large fan base embraced the album as one of the finest additions to her vast body of work.

Colombian photographer, Ruven Afanador shot the album cover and the fashion forward video shoot which Ross used for promotional purposes. He also shot the video compilation for the single, "Don't Stop". Motown created a special promotional box for the album that included the video, touring schedule and postcards.

Chart performance and single releases[edit]

Take Me Higher reached #10 in the UK Albums Chart and #114 in the USA. The title track "Take Me Higher" hit #1 on the US 'Dance' charts, also reaching the UK Top 40. Ross's cover of "I Will Survive" reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart. Her version got an extra boost from being played at a key scene in the $65 million grossing Kevin Kline film, In & Out. She also performed it during a "Take Me Higher" megamix at her acclaimed Super Bowl XXX Half-Time show as she was whisked away in a helicopter. "(I'm) Gone" written and produced by Jon-John Robinson, was also another Top 40 UK hit single, and "If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" appeared at #67 on the US R&B charts, while "Voice of the Heart" reached #28 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

She also shot several promotional videos including an indie themed one for "Gone", a video recreating the West Hollywood LGBT Pride parade featuring gay celebrity, RuPaul for "I Will Survive" and a fashion compilation video for the single, "Don't Stop". Motown used the special promotional box for the album that included the "Take Me Higher" video that debuted on Vevo, an elegant touring schedule on elegant vintage paper and fashion postcards.

The critical reaction proved quite fortifying as The London Times deemed it in her finest work in years, television personality, Arsenio Hall said essentially the same, "it was the best Diana had done in years", this after a ratings breaking appearance introducing her previous album, The Force Behind the Power on his show in the late summer of 1991, USA Today gave it 3.5 stars out of 4. As of 2016, it stands as her last album to reach the top 10 in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

US Edition

  1. "Take Me Higher" (Sally Jo Dakota, Nikita Germaine, Narada Michael Walden) - 4:18
  2. "If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" (Monty Seward) - 4:41
  3. "Voice of the Heart" (John Bettis, Bruce Roberts, Julia Turner-Stanley) - 4:18
  4. "Let Somebody Know" (Bunny Hull, Brenda Russell) - 4:55
  5. "Keep It Right There" (Babyface, Jon John, Chris Liscomb) - 4:50
  6. "Don't Stop" (Chuck Boom) - 3:48
  7. "Gone" (Jon John) - 5:15
  8. "Only Love Can Conquer All" (Sally Jo Dakota, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden) - 4:10
  9. "I Never Loved a Man Before" (Gerry Goffin, Tom Snow) - 4:55
  10. "I Thought That We Were Still in Love" (Tom Snow, Liz Vidal) - 4:52
  11. "I Will Survive" (Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren) - 4:48

International Edition

  1. "Take Me Higher" (Dakota, Germaine, Walden) - 4:20
  2. "If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" (Seward) - 4:41
  3. "I Never Loved a Man Before" (Goffin, Snow) - 4:54
  4. "Swing It (Babyface, Jon John, Philips) - 4:14
  5. "Keep It Right There" (Babyface, Jon John, Liscomb) - 4:33
  6. "Don't Stop" (Boom, Tone) - 4:07
  7. "Gone" (Jon John) - 5:16
  8. "I Thought That We Were Still in Love" (Snow, Vidal) - 4:52
  9. "Voice of the Heart" (Bettis, Roberts, Stanley) - 4:54
  10. "Only Love Can Conquer All" (Dakota, Glass, Walden) - 4:10
  11. "I Will Survive" (Fekaris, Perren) - 4:50
  12. "If We Hold On Together" (Horner, Mann, Jennings) - 4:09 (Japan-only bonus track)

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Position
US Billboard 200 114
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 38
UK Albums Chart 10

Singles[edit]

Single Chart Position
"Take Me Higher" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 77
"Take Me Higher" Hot 100 Singles & Tracks 114
"Take Me Higher" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"Take Me Higher" UK Official Singles Chart 32
"I Will Survive" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 37
"I Will Survive" UK Official Singles Chart 14
"If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 67
"I'm Gone" UK Official Singles Chart 36
"I'm Gone" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 107
"Voice of the Heart" Adult Contemporary 28

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