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Album Review

Though she didn't come out of the R&B tradition, Heather Headley has plenty of soul on her debut, This Is Who I Am. Headley, a singer whose vocal strength isn't mere compensation for a lack of interpretive skills or lame songwriting, possesses a range that's surprising and welcome; she slips on dramatic personas continually here, quite ironic considering the title. The arrangements aren't exactly hooky, but the cast of producers — including Dallas Austin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and D'Influence, use everything in their power — from a Hammond B-3 to synthesizers — to flesh out these songs. Occasionally, the songs don't reflect their age very well, as on the regrets of a stay-at-home girlfriend ("I Wish I Wasn't") or an increasingly angry housewife who's been neglected ("Like Ya Used To"). The opener, "He Is" (by songwriter/producer Joshua Nile), is very good though — an intriguing angle on female thoughts about the male side of love (or, just possibly, a look at the aspects of God). Headley sounds excellent throughout, her voice pure as crystal on the ballads, occasionally outré in similar fashion to Mariah Carey, but gritty and soulful when she's sorting out the responsibilities of a relationship in "Fulltime."

Customer Reviews

The most meaningful and greatest songs I've heard...

and I'm incredibly surprised how there isn't much reviews on these great songs.

Absolutely in love w/this album

This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Song after song is amazing. I bought this cd years ago and played it so hard it scratched up. Now I'm putting it on my new ipod. Love it!

It dose not get any better

The voice on Heather is pure golden. this is one of my favorite cd's of all times. if you buy it, I am sure it will become yours too. My favorite song on the album is He is bit all of the songs are five star songs.

Biography

Born: October 5, 1974 in Barataria, Trinidad

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B vocalist Heather Headley was born in Trinidad in the mid-'70s. At an early age, this daughter of a pastor was surrounded by music and performance art. She started playing concert piano by the age of four, later immersing herself in the eclectic music of her culture: calypso, soca, and reggae. This foundation would later motivate Headley to sing professionally. Upon arriving in the States with her family at age 15, Headley quickly adapted to America's ways. She soaked up American music...
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