The Woman I Am

Infobox Album |
Name = The Woman I Am
Type = Album
Artist = Chaka Khan


Released = April 14, 1992
Recorded = —
Genre = Rhythm and blues
Length = 64:14
Label = Warner Bros. Records
Producer = Chaka Khan
Marcus Miller
Jerry Barnes
Katreese Barnes
Ralf Zang
David Gamson
Wayne Braithwaite
Gary Haase
George Whitty
Arif Mardin
Joe Mardin
Reviews = Allmusic Rating|2.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:g9fqxq95ldfe]
Last album = "Life is a Dance - The Remix Project"
(1989)
This album = "The Woman I Am"
(1992)
Next album = ""
(1996)

"The Woman I Am" is the ninth studio album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on Warner Bros. Records in 1992. It was Khan's first studio album since 1988's "C.K." and due to artistic differences between Khan and Warner Bros. Records it was also to be her final full-length release for the label.

"The Woman I Am" which won Khan a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female in 1993 included no less than six single releases; "Love You All My Lifetime" which became a number one on Billboard's Dance Singles chart as well as #2 on R&B (Pop #68, UK #49), "You Can Make the Story Right" (US R&B #8), "I Want" (US R&B #62), "Give Me All", "Facts Of Love" and the Diane Warren-penned ballad "Don't Look At Me That Way" (UK #73). Both lead single "Love You All My Lifetime" and "Give Me All" were issued in a wide variety of dance remixes by among others Frankie Knuckles. "The Woman I Am" became Khan's highest-charting album on the US R&B Albums chart since 1984's "I Feel for You", peaking at #9.

The album mainly focussed on material from the genres contemporary R&B, soul and funk and was Khan's debut as executive producer in charge of production. The main producer on the album was the Grammy Award winning jazz multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller but it also included Khan's first collaborations with Arif Mardin since 1986's "Destiny"; "This Time" and the closing track "Don't Look At Me That Way", both co-produced by Mardin's son Joe Mardin. "Love You All My Lifetime" saw Khan teaming up with Scritti Politti's David Gamson - who incidentally also had produced the opening track on "Destiny" wits its confusingly similar title; "Love of a Lifetime". The single track "I Want" again featured a guest appearance by Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the suggestive ballad "You Can Make The Story Right" was recorded with the late bassist and producer Wayne Braithwaite, best known for his work with Will Downing and Kenny G..

In his review of "The Woman I Am" Allmusic's Alex Henderson describes the album as "high-tech, yet warm instead of mechanical. And on songs ranging from the melancholy "Telephone" to the introspective title song and the appealing single "Love You All My Lifetime," it's clear that Khan was given strong material to work with." [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hcfwxq85ldte All Music Guide review, Alex Henderson] ]

Since Khan's 1995 album "Dare You To Love Me" was shelved by the Warner Bros. Records label and instead only partly made available on "greatest hits" compilations and movie soundtracks it was to be six years before she released another full-length album, the Prince co-produced "Come 2 My House" on his label NPG Records.

Track listing

#"Everything Changes" (Khan, Marguiles) - 4:38
#"Give Me All" (Barnes, Barnes) - 4:24
#"Telephone" (Buchner, Khan) - 4:21
#"Keep Givin' Me Lovin'" (Celli, Khan, Levin, Paris) - 4:32
#"Facts of Love" (Hammer, Khan, Schneck, Zang) - 4:35
#"Love You All My Lifetime" (Klarmann, Weber) - 4:43
#"I Want" (Bowden, Dempsey, McKinney) - 5:50
#"You Can Make the Story Right" (Braithwaite, Goodman) - 6:32
#"Be My Eyes" (Duncan, Khan) - 4:24
#"This Time" (Lasley, Lerner, Malamet) - 5:16
#"The Woman I Am" (Cannon, Khan, Russell) - 5:09
#"Love With No Strings" (Magoogan, Ryder) - 5:00
#"Don't Look at Me That Way" (Warren) - 4:50

Production

* Chaka Khan - executive record producer, producer track: 9
* Marcus Miller - producer tracks: 1, 3, 7, 11
* Jerry Barnes - producer track: 2
* Katreese Barnes - producer track: 2
* Ralf Zang - producer tracks: 4, 5
* David Gamson - producer track: 6
* Wayne Braithwaite - producer track: 8
* Gary Haase - producer track: 9, 12
* George Whitty - producer track: 9, 12
* Arif Mardin - producer tracks: 10, 13
* Joe Mardin - producer tracks: 10, 13

Non-album tracks and remixes

* "Love You All My Lifetime" (Album Version Edit) - 4:18
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (Love Suite 12" Mix Act 1) - 8:15
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (Love Suite 12" Mix Act 2 Dub) - 4:25
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (The Diva Edit) - 8:01
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (Diva Dub) - 7:03
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (Garage Mix W/Strings) - 6:50
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (House Mix) - 6:50
* "Love You All My Lifetime" (Love And Kisses Breakdown Mix) - 7:06
* "Love You All My Lifetime (Single Remix) - 4:02
* "Give Me All" (Classic Club Mix) - 6:22
* "Give Me All" (Extended Version R&B) - 7:13
* "Give Me All" (Fierce Club Version) - 7:00

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