The Dana Owens Album

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The Dana Owens Album
Queen Latifah - The Dana Owens Album cover.jpg
Studio album by Queen Latifah
Released September 28, 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Avatar Studios, Nervous Music, NuNoise Studio, Right Track Recording
(New York City, New York)
Capitol Studios, Conway Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Record Plant Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
O'Henry Studios
(Burbank, California)
Genre Jazz, soul, R&B
Length 68:12
Label Flavor Unit / Creative Battery / AEG Live / A&M
Producer Ron Fair, Tal Herzberg, Arif Mardin, Joe Mardin, Mervyn Warren
Queen Latifah chronology
She's a Queen: A Collection of Hits
(2002)She's a Queen: A Collection of Hits2002
The Dana Owens Album
Trav'lin' Light
(2007)Trav'lin' Light2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(dud)[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

The Dana Owens Album is the fifth studio album by American recording artist and actress Queen Latifah, released in the United States on September 28, 2004 by A&M Records. Unlike Latifah's previous hip hop/R&B-oriented efforts, this album showcases a jazz vocal performance. It is a cover album. Even though Latifah has sung songs and choruses during her rap career, she has never put out a full singing album before. The album's title—Latifah's birth name—indicates the different style of music contained on the album. Moreover, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2005. July 2005, Latifah performed on ABC's Good Morning America concert series. R&B singers Erykah Badu and Jill Scott joined her in a singing tribute to singer Luther Vandross. Latifah, Badu and Scott headlined together for a summer concert tour, 2005's Sugar Water Festival Tour. The album has sold 730,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certificate gold by the Recording Industry Association of America

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Baby Get Lost" (Leonard Feather) – 3:42
  2. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 3:08
  3. "Simply Beautiful" (Al Green) – 4:11
  4. "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" (Bill Withers) – 3:53
  5. "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:59
  6. "Close Your Eyes" (Bernice Petkere) – 2:55
  7. "California Dreamin'" (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 3:42
  8. "Hard Times" (Stony Browder, August Darnell) – 5:21
  9. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Gail Fisher, Vincent Levy, Joe Zawinul) – 3:27
  10. "Hello Stranger" (Barbara Lewis) – 3:00
  11. "If I Had You" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ted Shapiro) – 4:04
  12. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) – 4:25


Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 16
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[4] 11


Single Chart (2005) Peak
"Simply Beautiful" U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 15


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Dana Owens Album > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Queen Latifah". Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  3. ^ Blashill, Pat (October 28, 2004). "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  4. ^ a b "The Dana Owens Album > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-11.