You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs

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You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
You Light up My Life - Inspirational Songs (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1997
Recorded1996−97
StudioRosewood Studio
(Tyler, Texas)
McLain Studios
(Dallas, Texas)
Starstruck Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
KD Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Curb Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Barking Dog Studios
(Mt. Kisco, New York)
Genre
Length43:33
LabelCurb
ProducerWilbur C. Rimes
* Tracks 1 and 10 produced by Mike Curb, Chuck Howard and Wilbur C. Rimes
LeAnn Rimes chronology
Blue
(1996)
You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
(1997)
Sittin' on Top of the World
(1998)
Singles from You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
  1. "You Light Up My Life"
    Released: August 26, 1997
  2. "On the Side of Angels"
    Released: October 11, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[2]
Robert Christgau(dud)[3]

You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs or simply You Light Up My Life, is the second studio album by American country singer LeAnn Rimes. Released in the United States by Curb Records on September 9, 1997, when Rimes was 15 years old, it followed her debut album Blue. The album was hugely successful but many critics thought that much of the material did not do Rimes' talent justice. The album has been certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA.

Singles[edit]

Two singles were released from the album. The first one, "You Light Up My Life", peaked at number 34 and was certified gold in the United States. The second and final single released from the album is "On the Side of Angels" which peaked at number 4 on the US Country Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You Light Up My Life"Joe Brooks3:37
2."The Rose"Amanda McBroom3:33
3."Bridge Over Troubled Water"Paul Simon4:40
4."I Believe"Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman2:22
5."Ten Thousand Angels Cried"Dave Patillo3:59
6."Clinging to a Saving Hand"Bill Mack2:44
7."On the Side of Angels"Gary Burr, Gerry House3:49
8."I Know Who Holds Tomorrow"Ira Stanphill4:41
9."God Bless America"Irving Berlin3:06
10."How Do I Live" (Extended Mix)Diane Warren4:57
11."Amazing Grace" (Traditional)John Newton4:06
12."National Anthem" (Traditional)Francis Scott Key1:59

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs liner notes.[4]

  • Scott Ahaus – assistant mixing
  • Lesley Albert – production coordinator
  • Michael Black – background vocals
  • Mike Curb – producer
  • Milo Deering – acoustic guitar, fiddle, steel guitar
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar
  • Bob Gentry – bass guitar
  • Fred Gleber – drums
  • Kelly Glenn – keyboards
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing
  • Chuck Howard – producer
  • Greg Hunt – recording, mixing
  • Jimmy Kelly – keyboards
  • Mary Ann Kennedy – background vocals
  • Daniel Kresco – assistant mixing
  • Gary Leach – assistant mixing, background vocals
  • Mike McClain – recording, mixing
  • Jerry Matheny – electric guitar
  • Glenn Meadows – master
  • Greg Morrow – drums
  • Steve Nathan – keyboards
  • Curtis Randall – background vocals, bass guitar
  • Michael Rhodes – bass guitar
  • LeAnn Rimes – lead vocals
  • Wilbur C. Rimes – producer
  • Pam Rose – background vocals
  • Bob Campbell-Smith – additional recording, recording, mixing
  • Michael Spriggs – acoustic guitar
  • Jeff Watkins – assistant recording
  • John Willis – electric guitar
  • Dennis Willson – background vocals
  • Dan Wojciechowski — drums

Charts and certifications[edit]

You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs debuted at number one on Billboard 200 with 186,000 copies sold in its first week,[5] the album dropped to number two in its second week but with a 10% increase with sales of 204,500. It returned to one in its sixth week with 131,500 copies sold. The album spent 13 weeks in the top 5, 17 weeks in the top 10 and a total of 55 weeks in Billboard 200. You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs was certified 4× Platinum by RIAA, denoting shipments of over 4 million copies. It is the only album in history to debut at number one on three separate charts at the same time, the three charts being the Billboard 200, the Billboard Top Country Albums, and the Billboard Contemporary Christian.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs (CD). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 1997. D2-77885.CS1 maint: others (link)
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