Personnel includes: Miki Howard (vocals); DaMonde Arnold (various instruments, programming); Tommy Verdonck (acoustic guitar); Larry Koonse, Ron Speriment, David Gary (guitar); Howard McCrary (organ, keyboards); Phil Davis (keyboards, string synthesizer); LeMel Humes (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Darrell Smith (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Wayne Lindsey, Gary Brown, Ricky Smith (keyboards, programming); Darius McCrary (keyboards, background vocals); Francisco Centeno, Jimmy Haslip, "Cat Daddy" (bass); Alphonse Mouzon, Sonny Emory (drums); Scott Lund (percussion); Sam Sims (programming); Tammy Thomas, Donna Simon, Dee Dee Foster, Gordon Chambers, Sara Devine, Lisa Delgado (background vocals).
Producers: Sam Sims, Gary Brown, Barry Eastmond, DaMone Arnold, Darius McCrary.
Engineers: Sam Sims, Kyle Hamilton, Mark Partis.
THREE WISHES was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album.
Personnel: David Barry , Larry Koonse (guitar); Tommy Verdonck (acoustic guitar); Phil Davis (strings, keyboards); LeMel Humes (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Gary Brown (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Darrell Smith, Barry J. Eastmond (keyboards, drum programming); Sonny Emory (drums); DaMone Arnold Antoine (programming); Wayne Lindsey (keyboard programming); Sam Sims (drum programming); Gordon Chambers, Lisa Vaughn, Julie Delgado (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Bart Migal; Craig Burbidge; DaMone Arnold Antoine.
Recording information: Bac2Bay6 Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA; Basamp Studio; Bill Schnees, North Hollywood, CA; Clubhouse Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Dreemi Entertainment, Pasadena, CA; East Bay Recording Studio, Tarrytown, NY; East Bay Recording Studios, Tarrytown, NY; Magma Studio, Silverlake CA; Southern Livin' Studios, Atlanta, GA; Westlake Recoding Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Sonny Mediana.
Unknown Contributor Role: Michelle Wilson.
Arranger: Barry J. Eastmond.
When the 21st century arrived, Miki Howard wasn't as big or as visible as she had been in the '80s and early '90s. But the former Side Effect vocalist still had her hardcore followers, and those are the people she obviously had in mind when she recorded Three Wishes for the L.A.-based, Concord-distributed Peak label. Recorded in 2000 and released in 2001, this pleasant, if unremarkable, CD isn't a radical departure from Howard's earlier solo efforts. Instead of trying to make herself relevant to the hip-hop-minded R&B scene of the early '00s, Howard sticks to her guns and emphasizes adult-oriented quiet storm music. There are no duets with R. Kelly or Pink, no collaborations with Destiny's Child -- Howard knows that her audience is the Anita Baker/Luther Vandross/Regina Belle crowd, and she wisely caters to that audience. So she deserves credit for being true to herself even though most of the material she has to work with on this album isn't mind-blowing -- likable, yes, but not mind-blowing. As it turns out, the album's best track is jazz instead of R&B/pop; "Kiss of a Stranger," a moody, haunting jazz-noir offering that employs Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip and former Weather Report drummer Alphonse Mouzon, is the only thing on Three Wishes that is excellent instead of merely decent. Three Wishes won't go down in history as one of Howard's more essential releases, although her hardcore fans will probably want to hear it anyway. ~ Alex Henderson