One Wish: The Holiday Album

One Wish: The Holiday Album

by Whitney Houston
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Whitney Houston delivered One Wish: The Holiday Album, her first Christmas record, a year after her 2002 comeback, Just Whitney. If it seemed like that record played it safe, that's nothing compared to One Wish, which is the straightest adult contemporary record Houston had released in years. Of course, holiday records are the last place anybody would want to take a risk, since they're designed to be nice, pleasant mood music and this suits the bill nicely. The clean, pristine production, heavy on synths, sounds as if it was cut in the late '80s, yet it's also strangely spare, often being no more than a synth and a drum machine. Still, it's a sound that's well suited for Whitney and her thoroughly predictable set of material (the title track is the only new song, then the final two songs are recycled from the soundtrack of The Preacher's Wife). Ultimately, One Wish is the kind of album that may only appeal to a fan of Whitney who has already yearned for her holiday album, but for those fans, it will be satisfactory.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828765099622
catalogNumber: 50996
Rank: 4531

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Houston   Primary Artist
Julien Barber   Viola
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Sandra Billingslea   Violin
Joseph Bongiorno   Upright Bass
Alfred Brown   Viola
Carmen Carter   Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Barry J. Eastmond   Conductor,Keyboards
Max Ellen   Violin
Roger Freeland   Background Vocals
Gerald Tarack   Violin,Concert Master
Sandi Hall   Background Vocals
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Ronald Jenkins   Bass
Olivia Koppell   Viola
Gail Kruvand   Upright Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Kermit Moore   Cello
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Dean Parks   Guitar
Carol Pool   Violin
Andy Stein   Violin
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Marti Sweet   Violin
Troy Taylor   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Mervyn Warren   Percussion,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
John West   Background Vocals
Harry Zaratzian   Viola
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Background Vocals
Maxine Roach   Viola
John Dexter   Viola
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Phil Hamilton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Margaret Magill   Violin
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Stephen Mackey   Background Vocals
Ashley Horne   Violin
Edie Lehmann Boddicker   Background Vocals
Gary Houston   Background Vocals
Bernard Davis   Drums
Leonid Levin   Violin
Ezekiel Lewis   Background Vocals
Michael Morton   Flute
Gerald White   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
Whitney Houston   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Freddie Jackson   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Gordon Chambers   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Scott Frankfurt   drum programming,Percussion Programming
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineer
Joseph Magee   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Troy Taylor   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Choir Arrangement,Percussion Programming
Robert Wells   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Michael White   Engineer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Richard Thomas Jennings   Art Direction
Ezekiel Lewis   Vocal Arrangements

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One Wish: The Holiday Album 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since her debut in spring 1985 Whitney was the Queen diva she had the most incredible voice ever and even in the late 1990´s she was on top of her stunning career. Since one year ago Whitney released her first album in four years Just Whitney and that album is aweful the songs are just boring and Whitney´s voice is raspy and she can´t hold the high notes like before.Just a year later in december 2003 this holiday album was released and i have to say her voice is a little bit stronger than year ago and the songs are just mediocre. Whitney rushed out to make this album after the flop with Just Whitney and here she tries to sing Christmas songs and few af the songs are listenable,the worst thing is that there is only 12 songs and 2 taken from the Movie Soundtrack The Preacher´s wife where she played the lead role and she sounded terrific then in 1996, the best song on One Wish is O Holy Night short version but vocally good. I rather recommend Mariah Carey´s Merry Christmas and Celine´s These Are Special times. Whitney´s career is over soon if she doesn´t pull her self together and work with David Foster again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One Wish is a nice holiday album but not as good as Mariah Carey´s Merry Christmas or Celine´s These Are Special Times but it´s alright and Whitney´s voice is stronger than 1 year ago when she delivered Just Whitney her most aweful album to date. my onpinion is that she shouln´t have collaborated with Merwyn Warren on this album or Gordon Chambers or Troy Taylor they didn´t make great songs and they doesn´t suite Whitney´s talent. What happened with David Foster and even Babyface the producers who made her biggest hits to date she should had worket with them instead or even the duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis best known for their work with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson among others. Maybe Whitney will work with those heavyweights next time she makes an album. My fave songs here is One Wish and O Holy Night the other songs are just ok. Whitney´s voice isn´t as powerful as few years ago but she is coming back and she can bring those high notes like Celine and Barbra and she does it well on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas music, and I love the old Whitney Houston. The current Whitney did absolutely no justice to the Christmas songs. She suck'd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney is a vital assets to the music industry, and I want to thank her for all her wonderful music. My "One Wish" was that Whitney Houston would release a Christmas album, and guess what my one wish was granted with her "One Wish," a wonderful album. I enjoyed every single song on this album. Thank you whitney for bringing me christmas in November. It is so good to hear you hit those high notes as you always do. There is one song that meant a little more to me than the others and that was, Little Dtummer Boy, and that was because whitney's daughter was singer with her, and what a beutiful voice she has. It is a must that everyone go out and buy this album, it will really fill you with the Joys of Christmas, this year and for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An exellent holiday CD with a voice that is incomparable! I hope you enjoy this CD as much as I am. Feliz Navidad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I first heard Whitney, she was my favorite singer. If this album was the first Whitney I heard, I would not have gotten every album of hers that I could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney is definely back after her failure album last year her voice is awesome WOW i´m so glad to hear that Whitney has her incredible pipes she sounds so great. My favorit songs on Whitney´s first holiday album are. One Wish the album version,Cantique De Nóel/O Holy Night geez her voice is so powerful here no one can beat this. I´ll Be Home For Christmas, Deck The Halls/Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The 2 songs from The Preacher´s wife. All In All a great album for those who love a Great voice. Also Recommended These Are Special Times with Celine Dion, Merry Christmas with Mariah Carey and Christmas Memories with Barbra Streisand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only "One Voice" could deliver a Christmas album like this...ONE the best Christmas album ever and maybe the best album of the year PERIOD!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney hits some strong notes on this album! O Holy Night is a standout, with a very beautiful neo-operatic style and classic arrangement Little Drummer Boy is great fun and charming she gets funky on Deck the Halls and her older classics from Preacher's Wife sound great and inspirational! A must have for any serious collector of x-mas music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful masterpiece of a DIVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing, breathtaking performance of a truly talanted artist!!!!!!!!!!Hope more to come!! Fan forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always loved her music,heard it in the store the day after Thanksgiving knew immediately the voice, said give me that CD, I've been playing every since. She's given a new meaning of Deck(ing)the Halls with a sound mixing a Silent Night, what a twist with tasteful talent. One Wish is Great,Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, is another of my favorites... ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Houston's long awaited and anticipated holiday album is definantly a must for the avid Whitney fan. Her soulful rendition of traditional Christmas classics have a wintery holiday feel and bring one back to her greatness as an emerging R&B artist in the 80's and early 90's. Her embellishments are indicative of her style but sometimes are out of control.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gifted voice that continues to be a polished music DIVA. All the songs are done with professional elegance, and it reminds me once again why I remained a faithful purchaser of your music. One Wish warms my heart will be a classic for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney shines on The First Noel; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; the title track One Wish For Christmas; and w/ daughter Bobbi Kristina on a hip version of Little Drummer Boy, plus more holiday favorites including a jazzy version of The Christmas Song. A great holiday present for all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you didnt know of Whitneys talents before, this album might not be bad, but it's not any Whitney we knew of years past. There's a lot of inconsistent quality to her voice, the music itself and the production. Her voice sounds scratchy at times, (almost damaged) and unable to really hold any type of note-sounds more like a scat type of album. I always really loved her, but..... It seems like her voice is mirroring her past years...not good. Unless you are a true die hard fan and I mean TRUE skip this...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Ms. Houston has a great voice but I feel that she could have done a more traditional sound. I don't think that I would add this to my hoilday music list.This could also contribute to the fact that I only heard a very small sample on my computer and did not get the full effect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The queen diva Whitney Houston is back this album is awesome and Whitney sounds terrific her big voice shines and she hasn´t sound like this since 2000. All the songs are very nice and 1 song was taken from her 1996 album The Preacher´s wife,Whitney´s latest album Just Whitney wasn´t so good and just one song on that album is good and it´s the ballad Try it on my own. I Recommend this album to all fans of Whitney,Celine and Mariah Carey it´s wonderful and Whitney´s voice is very powerful like oldtimes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
No one can do it like Whitney. Whitney sounds wonderful! She really brings those Christmas songs to life. Bobbi Krissi sounds great too! She could be the next great singer of our generation of singers. Great job Whitney, keep it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She has the voice of an angel. She is a living legend! There will only be one Whitney Houston, like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Hoilday! Her voice is very strong and distinct and when she sings, you know that this is the one and only beautiful Whitney!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney Hosutons new album is not as good as the rest. She Dosent have the sam voice. The best song is the one with her daughter. She needs help with vocal cords. She needs some lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago