1999 Lara Fabian – Lara Fabian

“Lara Fabian” is the fourth studio album and the first English album by the Belgian recording artist Lara Fabian. It was first released on 29 November 1999 in France and later it was released worldwide in 2000. The album features the hit singles “I Will Love Again”, “I Am Who I Am” and “Love by Grace”.

After the Francophone star’s huge success, in 1998 and 1999, Lara went to New York City and San Francisco to record her first album in English. She wrote or co-wrote most of the songs, working with Rick Allison and producers Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Michael Bolton), Patrick Leonard (Madonna), Sam Watters (Color Me Badd, Jessica Simpson, Anastacia) and Mark Taylor (Cher, Enrique Iglesias).

Produced by Sony Music, the self-titled album was launched in May 2000 on America’s most popular morning television show, NBC’s Today Show. Invitations poured in, and Lara Fabian appeared on The Tonight Show, The View, Access Hollywood, Craig Kilborn, and Entertainment Tonight.

The album’s first excerpt, “I Will Love Again”, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Music charts and settled in for 58 weeks. Thanks to this resounding success, she received the Félix for Quebec Artist Having the Most Impact in a Language other than French.

In June 2000 to February 2001, the title “Love by Grace” became the theme song of the lead couple in the Brazilian soap opera Laços de Família, broadcast by Rede Globo for millions of viewers in Brazil and Portugal. For several weeks, the song was number 1 on most Brazilian and Portuguese radio stations. “Love by Grace” generated an incredible frenzy around the artist.

After From Lara with Love, her first American TV special broadcast by PBS, the singer-songwriter participated in the very popular WTKU New York radio special, Miracle on 34th Street, where many popular artists appeared, including Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and Toni Braxton.

Shortly after, when her self-titled English-language album was released in Asia, Lara Fabian scored a number one hit on the Taiwanese top ten, a great moment for the artist. Many were particularly impressed with the song “Light of my Life” (found only on the Asian edition of the album), which she interpreted with Leehom Wang, Asia’s top male Chinese-speaking vocalist. This song was included in the movie feature China Strike Force, starring newcomer Lee-Horn along with Aaron Kwok, a box-office idol throughout Asia.

Eagerly awaited in several cities throughout the world, Lara dealt with her growing popularity by frequently appearing abroad. Fans and critics questioned her promotional tactics, however, as she neglected the US market in favor of a European tour, where she had already solidified her popularity. In 2001, promotion of “Lara Fabian” slowed significantly and a third single was not released. Lara has been absent from the US music landscape since that time.

There are many different international versions of this album. There is a version each for Canada, France, Japan, America, and South America. The albums vary greatly from each other because of different song tracks or cover art work.

The song “Till I Get Over You” was produced by the duo Louis Biancaniello and Sam Watters, who became the producer team behind the sound of the initial hits for American female singer Anastacia. One can see the similarities in sound and production between Lara’s “Till I Get Over You” and Anastacia’s “I’m Outta Love” on Anastacia’s 2000 debut album “Not That Kind”.

The songs “Adagio” and “Broken Vow” were covered by Filipino singers, Mark Bautista and Sarah Geronimo. Also Josh Groban covered “Broken Vow” for his 2003 album “Closer”, and Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi sang an Arabic cover of “Adagio”, titled “Habibi”, for her 2006 album “E’tazalt El Gharam”.

Both versions of “Adagio” and the song “To Love Again (Si Tu M’Aimes)” feature Steve Lukather guitar solos.

Tracks

1  Adagio (Tomaso Albinoni, Dave Pickell, Lara Fabian, Rick Allison) 4:28
2  Part Of Me (Lara Fabian, Patrick Leonard) 4:31
3  Givin’ Up On You (Lara Fabian, Patrick Leonard) 4:37
4  You Are My Heart (John Bettis, Lara Fabian, Rick Allison, Walter Afanasieff) 4:11
5  I Am Who I Am (Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers, Lara Fabian, Rick Allison) 3:48
6  To Love Again (Rick Allison, Bruce Roberts, Lara Fabian) 3:46
7  You’re Not From Here (John Bettis, Lara Fabian, Rick Allison, Walter Afanasieff) 4:50
8  Till I Get Over You (Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters) 3:45
9  Love By Grace (Dave Loggins, Wayne Tester) 4:09
10  Yeliel (My Angel) (Lara Fabian, Patrick Leonard) 5:03
11 I Will Love Again (Mark Taylor, Paul Barry) 3:46
12 Broken Vow (Walter Afanasieff, Lara Fabian) 5:17
13 Adagio (Italian) (Tomaso Albinoni, Dave Pickell, Lara Fabian, Rick Allison) 4:28

Media

Musicians

1 Adagio

Bass Remy Malo
Drums Mickey Curry
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Bruce Gaitsch
Keyboards Dave Pickell
Keyboards Rick Allison
Piano Dave Pickell


2 Part Of Me

Bass Paul Bushnell
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar David Channing
Guitar James Harrah
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Patrick Leonard
Piano Patrick Leonard
Sax Steve Tavaglioni
Percussion Brian MacLeod
Percussion Luis Conte
Background Vocals Alexandra Brown
Background Vocals Alfie Silas
Background Vocals Bobbi Page
Background Vocals Bobette Jamison
Background Vocals Bridgette Bryant
Background Vocals Darryl Phinnessee
Background Vocals Dorian Holley
Background Vocals Gigi Worth
Background Vocals Jeffrey Ramsey
Background Vocals Jolynn Horton
Background Vocals Jon Holley
Background Vocals Julie Delgado
Background Vocals Kevin Dorsey
Background Vocals Marlena Jeter
Background Vocals Niki Haris
Background Vocals Phillip Ingram
Background Vocals Siedah Garrett


3 Givin’ Up On You

Bass Paul Bushnell
Drums Brian MacLeod
Guitar James Harrah
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Patrick Leonard
Piano Patrick Leonard
Background Vocals Natalie Jackson
Background Vocals Richard Page


4 You Are My Heart

Drums (programming) Dan Shea
Drums (programming) Walter Afanasieff
Guitar Mike Landau
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Keyboards Dan Shea
Background Vocals Catherine Leveille
Background Vocals Claytoven Richardson
Background Vocals Conesha Monet
Background Vocals Dominique Faure
Background Vocals Kim Richardson
Background Vocals Leslie Ellis
Background Vocals Skyler Jett


5 I Am Who I Am

Drums (programming) Carl Sturken
Guitar Carl Sturken
Guitar Marc Antoine
Keyboards Carl Sturken
Background Vocals Ada Dyer
Background Vocals Audrey Wheeler
Background Vocals Evan Rogers


6 To Love Again

Bass Remy Malo
Drums Mickey Curry
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Dave Pickell
Keyboards Rick Allison
Piano Dave Pickell


7 You’re Not From Here

Drums (programming) Dan Shea
Drums (programming) Walter Afanasieff
Guitar Mike Landau
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Keyboards Dan Shea


8 Till I Get Over You

Guitar Chris Camozzi
Guitar Vernon Black
Keyboards Louis Biancaniello
Background Vocals Sam Watters


9 Love By Grace

Drums (programming) Dan Shea
Drums (programming) Walter Afanasieff
Guitar Mike Landau
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Keyboards Dan Shea


10 Yeliel (My Angel)

Bass Paul Bushnell
Drums Brian MacLeod
Guitar James Harrah
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Patrick Leonard
Piano Patrick Leonard
Percussion Brian MacLeod
Percussion Luis Conte
Background Vocals Richard Page


11 I Will Love Again

Keyboards Mark Taylor
Background Vocals Tracy Ackerman


12 Broken Vow

Piano Walter Afanasieff


13 Adagio (Italian)

Bass Remy Malo
Drums Mickey Curry
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Bruce Gaitsch
Keyboards Dave Pickell
Keyboards Rick Allison
Piano Dave Pickell

Liner Notes

Producer – Patrick Leonard (Tracks 2, 3, 10)
Producer – Walter Afanasieff (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 12)
Co-producer – Dave Pickell, Rick Allison (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 13)
Co-producer – Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers (Track 5)
Co-producer – Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters (Track 8)
Co-producer – Brian Rawling, Mark Taylor (Track 11)
Producer (Coordinator) – Andrea Derby (Tracks 5)
Arranged By – Dave Pickell, Rick Allison (Track 1, 13)
Arranged By – Walter Afanasieff (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 12)
Conductor, Arranged By (For Orchestra) – Jeremy Lubbock (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Conductor, Arranged By (For Orchestra) – William Ross (Tracks 7, 9, 12)
Contractor (Orchestra) – Emile Charlap (Tracks 12), Patti Zimmitti (Tracks 7, 9)
Coordinator (Project Coordination) – Chris Apostle, Marie-Claude Joly
Engineer – Al Hemberger (Tracks 5)
Engineer – David Channing (Tracks 13)
Engineer – David Gleeson (Tracks 4, 7, 9)
Engineer – David Reitzas (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 12)
Engineer – Jay Healy (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer – Jeff Carruthers (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer – John Kurlander (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer – Mario Brillon (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer – Robert Fernandez (Tracks 7, 9)
Engineer – Ross Hogarth (Tracks 2, 3, 10, 13)
Engineer (Additional) – David Gleeson (Tracks 12)
Engineer (Assistant Mix) – Gordon Fordyce (Tracks 6)
Engineer (Assistant) – Aaron Lepley (Tracks 7, 12)
Engineer (Assistant) – Andy Haller (Tracks 2, 3, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Andy Manganello (Tracks 1)
Engineer (Assistant) – Brian Springer (Tracks 7, 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Dann Thompson (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Elliott Blakey (Tracks 2, 3, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Ethan Schofer (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Ian Dalsemer (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Jason Groucott (Tracks 4, 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Kent Matcke (Tracks 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – Luis Costello (Tracks 4, 12)
Engineer (Assistant) – Michael McKay (Tracks 4, 12)
Engineer (Assistant) – Pete Krawiec (Tracks 4, 7, 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Peter Doell (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Steve Baughman (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Tyson Leeper (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 12)
Engineer (Technical Assistant To Patrick Leonard) – David Channing (Tracks 2, 3, 10)
Engineer (Vocals) – Glen Marchese (Tracks 11)
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Jay Healy (Tracks 1, 6, 13)
Mixed By – Mark Taylor (Tracks 11)
Mixed By – Mick Guzauski (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12)
Mixed By – Mike Shipley (Tracks 3, 10)
Mixed By – Mixed By (Assistant) – Tom Bender (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12)
Technician (Assistant To Patrick Leonard) – Amanda Tate Beir (Tracks 2, 3, 10)
Technician (Synth Engineer) – Christian St-Germain (Tracks 1, 6, 13)

Art Direction – Christopher Austopchuk
Art Direction, Photography – Carl Lessard

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Distributed By – Sony Music
Pressed By – Sony Music – S4945132000-0101
Recorded At – The Hit Factory
Recorded At – Studio Marko
Recorded At – Larrabee West
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – Sony Music Studios, New York City
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At – O’Henry Sound Studios
Recorded At – Johnny Yuma Recording
Recorded At – WallyWorld Studios
Recorded At – Larrabee North
Recorded At – Right Track Recording
Recorded At – The Loft Recording Studios
Recorded At – The Enterprise
Recorded At – Paramount Recording Studios
Recorded At – Homesite 13
Recorded At – Andora Studios
Recorded At – Dreamhouse Studios
Mixed At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Mixed At – Barking Doctor Recording
Mixed At – The Hit Factory
Mixed At – Dreamhouse Studios
Mixed At – Sony Music Studios, New York City
Mastered At – Gateway Mastering