Complementing the inviting perfection of one of the greatest voices of our time are cool guest spots by Najee and Kirk Whalum, among others.
The source material for the inspired, all-covers Black Pearls album was popularized strictly by women. It's an unsurprising concept, given that Will Downing made his 1987 solo debut with a version of Deniece Williams' "Free" and went on to cover classics by Rose Royce and Aretha Franklin. The singer's first album for the Shanachie label, this features updates of well-known songs, mostly ballads, that originated in the late '70s and the early '90s.
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Everything I Miss at Home
James Harris III / Terry Steven Lewis
Don't Ask My Neighbors
Clarence Alexander / Skip Scarborough
René Moore / Angela Winbush
Will Jennings / Joseph Sample
Dennis Belfield / Kevin Murphy / David "Hawk" Wolinski
Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil
Nights Over Egypt
Cynthia Biggs / Dexter Wansel
Meet Me on the Moon
Gene McDaniels / Carrie Thompson
Don't Let It Go to Your Head
Kenny Gamble / Leon Huff
Clarence Alexander - Composer Jonathan Arons - Horn Ray Bardani - Mixing Janay Barkley - Vocals (Background) Pablo Batista - Percussion Dennis Belfield - Composer Cynthia Biggs - Composer Randy Bowland - Guitar Derek Corbett - Clapping Jorel Corpus - Mixing Assistant Chris "Big Dog" Davis - Keyboards, Producer, Soloist Kenny Davis - Bass Melvin Davis - Bass Jacob Dennis - Mixing Assistant LaJuan Carter Dent - Vocals (Background) Darryl Dixon - Horn Aja Downing - Vocals (Background) Will Downing - Cover Design, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals (Background) Barry Eastmond - String Arrangements Flemuel Brown - Engineer Freddy Fox - Horn Richard Furch - Mixing Kenny Gamble - Composer Chris Gehringer - Mastering Joe Gorham - Clapping Danny Hall - Horn James Harris III - Composer Kam Hauff - Engineer Randall Haywood - Horn Leon Huff - Composer Will Jennings - Composer Matt Jones - String Arrangements Terry Steven Lewis - Composer Mike Logan - Arranger, Keyboards Mike Logan II - Drums, Keyboards Barry Mann - Composer Gene McDaniels - Composer René Moore - Composer Kevin Murphy - Composer Najee - Soloist Rob Paustian - Engineer Brenda Russell - Composer Joseph Sample - Composer Derrick Sampson - Clapping Skip Scarborough - Composer Ashley Scott - Vocals (Background) Dwayne "Smitty" Smith - Bass Phillip Smith - Engineer Chris Sulit - Engineer Whitney Thomas - Photography Carrie Thompson - Composer Al Turner - Bass Gerald Veasley - Bass Mark Walker - Bass Dexter Wansel - Composer Dave Watson - Horn Cynthia Weil - Composer Kirk Whalum - Flute Audrey Wheeler-Downing - Vocals (Background) J.J. Williams - Drums Angela Winbush - Composer David "Hawk" Wolinski - Composer Tip Wyman - Engineer