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Free [LaShell Griffin]
1. You Are Mine
3. Learn to Breathe
4. Get Away
5. I Can Only Imagine
6. Man from Galilee
8. He's Coming Again
9. This Is Who I Am
11. Better Days
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92499
Craig Bauer; Dan Muckala; Isaac Phillips; Ron Scott; Franne Golde; Bag & Peer; Pete Kipley; Steve "Silk" Hurley; Travon Potts; Greg Bieck; Brian Culbertson; Chaka Blackmon
Craig Bauer; F. Reid Shippen; Travon Potts; Greg Bieck; Brad Haehnel; Brian Culbertson
Personnel: LaShell Griffin (background vocals); LaShell Griffin (vocals); Kimberly Allen, Leroy Griffin , Lee Griffin (vocals); Pete Kipley, Mike Ripol (guitar); Michael Thompson , Tim Pierce (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Craig Bauer (acoustic guitar); Michael Ripoll (electric guitar); Love Sponge Orchestra, Ulf Forsberg (strings); John Blasucci (piano); Greg Bieck, Brian Culbertson (keyboards, drum programming); Chaka Blackmon (drums); Brad Haehnel (programming); Steve "Silk" Hurley (drum programming); Crystal Edwards, Melody Joy, Antonio Avant, Larry King, Seanna Turner, Crystal Edwards (background vocals); Jamie Kenney (piano); Chris McHugh (drums); Britta Bergstrm, Lisa Cochran, Jeanette Olsson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Craig Bauer; F. Reid Shippen; Stan Malvo; Peer Astrom; Greg Bieck; Brad Haehnel.
Recording information: BCM Studios; Criterion Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Emerald Studios, Sony Studios, New York, NY; Glomo Studios, Nashville, TN; Hinge Studios, Chicago, IL; Indigo Room, Nashville, TN; Providence Studio, Alpharetta, GA; Sound Stage, Nashville, TN; Strings Of Soul Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Garage Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Bill Phelps.
Arrangers: Craig Bauer; Bag & Peer; Travon Potts; Brian Culbertson.
LaShell Griffin had been singing in church choirs for two decades before she heard about "Pop Star Challenge." The brainchild of Oprah Winfrey, this feature of her TV program was created in answer to the youth-obsessed aspect of the phenomenon of AMERICAN IDOL. While the songs Griffin performed on Winfrey's show were generally secular (though inspirational) pop, her debut album, a result of her winning the contest, reveals deep roots in gospel. With FREE, Griffin deftly navigates the line between sweet, original soul and songs of devotional faith.
On "Get Away," she unwinds in a neo-soul style comparable to Jill Scott, backed by a funk-driven beat. A few tracks later, Griffin sings a stirring version of the ballad "Man from Galilee" that would do Cissy Houston proud. The two tracks are from opposite sides of the fence, but they match brilliantly on this prismatic record. FREE reaffirms Oprah's knack for unveiling promising talent, and proves that Griffin is much more than just a contest-winner, but a rising force in both the worlds of gospel and soul music.
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