Personnel: Brenda Russell (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, programming); Carl Anderson (vocals); Stephan Oberhoff (chant vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, percussion, programming, sound effects); Sandro Albert (chant vocals, acoustic guitar); Rique Pantoja (chant vocals, electric piano); Jimmy Haslip (chant vocals, bass); Vinnie Colaiuta (chant vocals, drums); Paulinho Da Costa (chant vocals, percussion); Fabio Soares, Trine Rein, Kim Smoot (chant vocals); James Harrah (electric guitar); Don Griffin (guitar); Pedro Eustache (flute); Dave Koz (alto saxophone); Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Rusell Ferrante (piano); William D. Smith (Fender Rhodes piano); Brian Simpson (synthesizer).
Producers: Brenda Russell, Stephan Oberhoff.
Engineers: Stephan Oberhoff, Moogie Canazio, Joe Vannelli.
Recorded at FCP Studios, Woodland Hills, California; NRG Studios, North Hollywood, California; Blue Moon Studios, Agoura Hills, California; Walter Tucker Group Studios, Glendale, California; Village West Studios, West Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Brenda Russell (vocals, keyboards, drum programming); Carl Anderson (vocals); Rique Pantoja (chant, electric piano); Vinnie Colaiuta (chant, drums); Paulinho Da Costa (chant, percussion); Jimmy Haslip (chant); Stephan Oberhoff (acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, keyboard programming, drum programming); James Harrah (electric guitar); Pedro Eustache (flute); Dave Koz (alto saxophone); Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Russell Ferrante (piano); Greg Phillinganes (synthesizer); Everette Harp (EWI); Neil Stubenhaus (electric bass); Alvino Bennett (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Maxayn Lewis, Carolyn Perry, Darryl Phinnessee, David Lasley, Petsye Powell, Dianne Brooks, Paulette Brown, Lori Perry, Niki Haris, Arnold McCuller, Siedah Garrett, Valerie Pinkston, Sharon Perry, Bridgette Bryant, Bunny Hull (background vocals).
Recording information: Blue Moon Studios, Agoura Hills, CA; FCP Studios, Woodland Hills, CA; NRG Recording Services, North Hollywood, CA; The Village, West Los Angeles, CA; Walter Tucker Group Studios, Glendale, CA.
Photographers: Carl Studna; Sonny Mediana; Brenda Russell .
Arrangers: Stephan Oberhoff; Brenda Russell .
Brenda Russell, the Grammy-nominated singer and composer, continues to demonstrate why she is so well-respected. Eleven new classic songs form her latest release Paris Rain, including personal treasures such as "Expect a Miracle," which chronicles the heartache of love but encourages one to continue despite the pain, the radio hit "Catch On," and "You Can't Hide Your Heart From Me." She sings with emotional depth realized from personal experiences and plays straight from the heart with special guests Carl Anderson, Everette Harp, Dave Koz, Greg Phillinganes, Sheila E, Kirk Whalum, along with Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip of the The Yellowjackets. Russell wrote all of the songs except "Heart From Me," which was co-written with James Slater. The compositional integrity, special guests, and great singing make this album worth the wait from one of the world's best smooth jazz performers. ~ Paula Edelstein