1988 Witness – Witness

Witness was an Atlanta rock band that was signed to Arista Records in 1986 under the name Native and after changing their name, put out their self-titled debut album in 1988. The band consisted of lead singer Debbie Davis, guitarist Damon Johnson, bassist Eddie Usher, keyboardist Joey Huffman & drummer Eddie Boyd.

After signing, the band relocated to San Francisco, CA to record the debut album. The album was produced by Bill Drescher & Kevin Elson & mixed/engineered by Drescher. The band, however, didn’t write their own debut with singer Davis being credited with only 3 songs… “Jump Into the Fire”, “Borrowed Time”, and “Back to You”…. the last 2 co-written by keyboardist Huffman as well as Journey guitarist Neil Schon. Michael Bolton wrote “Am I Wrong”.

Schon as well as fellow Journey drummer Steve Smith, Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis & 38 Special guitarist Danny Chauncey all featured prominently on the album. Unfortunately, this meant that neither Damon Johnson or Eddie Usher played on the recording.

The album’s first single/video for “Do It Til We Drop” got major Mtv airplay on Headbangers Ball in 1988 and was partially filmed when the band opened a 1987 concert for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The album opener ‘Show Me What You Got’ featured Gillis on the guitar solo and other album highlights include “Let Me Be the One”, and “You’re Not My Lover”.

Tracks

1  Show Me What You Got (Steve Johnstad) 03:24
2  Do It Till We Drop (Frankie Miller; Jeff Barry) 04:01
3  Am I Wrong (Martin Briley; Michael Bolton) 03:56
4  Desperate Love (Billy Steinberg; Tom Kelly) 03:49
5  Let Me Be The One (Mark Leonard; Sue Shifrin) 03:53
6  You’re Not My Lover (Desmond Child; Richie Sambora; Jon Bon Jovi) 03:24
7  Jump Into The Fire (Debbie Davis; Warren Tuttle; Charles William Hoyt) 04:05
8  When It Comes From The Heart (Clyde Lieberman; Jeff Pescetto) 04:01
9  Borrowed Time (Debbie Davis; Joey Huffman; Neal Schon; Warren Tuttle) 03:26
10  Back To You (Debbie Davis; Joey Huffman; Neal Schon; Warren Tuttle) 03:58

Media

Musicians

BassEddie Usher
BassEddie Moody
BassBill Drescher
DrumsEddie Boyd
GuitarDamon Johnson
GuitarJoey Huffman
GuitarBrad Gillis
GuitarDanny Chauncey
GuitarNeal Schon
GuitarTim Pierce
GuitarBill Drescher
KeyboardsJoey Huffman
PercussionSteve Smith
PercussionDebbie Davis
Background VocalsSteve Smith
Background VocalsJimmy Goings
Background VocalsKeith Borman
Background VocalsPeter Hoorelbeke
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
Background VocalsWarren Tuttle
VocalsDebbie Davis

Liner Notes

Producer – Bill Drescher
Producer – Kevin Elson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Charles Pollard, Charlie Brocco, Jeff Tomei
Mixed By – Bill Drescher
Mixed By – Kevin Elson, Wally Buck (Tracks 7, 9, 10)
Recorded By – Bill Drescher
Recorded By – Kevin Elson, Wally Buck (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)

Art Direction – David Brubaker
Photography By – Doris Kloster

Recorded At Fantasy Studios
Recorded At Mastersound Studios, Atlanta
Recorded At The Village Recorder
Mixed At Fantasy Studios
Mixed At Skip Saylor Recording
Mixed At The Village Recorder
Mastered At Precision Mastering
Phonographic Copyright (p) Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) Arista Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Arista Records, Inc.