Starting Over

September 27, 1995 | MCA Nashville

20 years later, I thought it would be fun to record a collection of songs that either through the artist or song itself, have influenced me, and ultimately the music I record.


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1. Talking In Your Sleep

2. Please Come To Boston

3. On My Own

4. I Won’t Mention It Again

5. You’re No Good

6. Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands

7. Five Hundred Miles Away From Home

8. Starting Over Again

9. You Keep Me Hangin’ On

10. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

Starting Over

Certified: Platinum

Produced by: Tony Brown, Reba McEntire, Michael Omartian

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In October of 1975, I signed my first recording contract, signifying the beginning of my professional career. So, 20 years later, I thought it would be fun to record a collection of songs that either through the artist or song itself, have influenced me, and ultimately the music I record.

When Narvel and I first started talking about a classics album in 1994, the options were enormous. How far back did I go? Which type of music would I lean toward?

I decided to do “my favorites”, the ones I have loved forever!

So I refreshed my memory by going through books and finding #1 hits going back as far as 1962 and I got a lot of help from my Starstruck Family. Thanks to Cliff Williamson, Clay Meyers, and Sam Hogin for helping me look for songs; to Richard Barrow, for letting me look through his grandmother’s collection of greatest hits albums; to Chris Ran for putting all my picks on cassette for me; and to Regina Bridwell for helping me keep it all straight.

At MCA, thanks to Renee White and Jessie Noble for all the scheduling. Again, it was a pleasure working with Tony “Tones” Brown. And it’s always fun to watch Michael Omartian work with the orchestra and studio musicians. Thanks to all the musicians and signers. I love watching you all make your own music.

I had a blast signing with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, and Linda Davis on “On My Own.” We’ll have lots of fun with that. Thank you ladies for taking time out of your very busy schedule to sing with me.

I’m a big fan of Ray Price, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Eddy Arnold, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, The Supremes, Lee Greenwood, Bobby Bare, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, and Dave Loggins. To have the opportunity to record songs that they have made famous is a thrill for me. I hope I have done them proud. Not only am I a fan of theirs, but also of the songs themselves. They inspired me to look harder and find better songs with each album I released. The kept me from stopping, from being satisfied. Because of them, I wanted to find that next classic and be able to put my name on it.

Twenty years from now, if any of my songs that I have sung are considered classics, it will be just like twenty years ago in the fact that the majority of the credit will go to the songwriters. So I thank them from the bottom of my heart for sharing their God given talent with all fo us.

Thanks to Sandi Spika for making me look me best, and to Cindy Owen for a super looking package for my 20th anniversary CD.

Narvel, you had a great idea as usual. Thanks for all you do. Your never ending perseverance never ceases to amaze me. And Shelby, I appreciate the fact that you “Keep Me Hangin’ On.” I love you both with all my heart.

Thank You Lord for surrounding me with great people to work with. And for letting me find the right songs that hopefully always touch someones heart in some way. Thanks for always being there with me.

It’s been a lot of fun getting reacquainted with these songs. I hope you enjoy them too.



Album Liner Notes

Drums - Carlos Vega
Bass - Leland Sklar
Acoustic Guitar - Mac McAnally
Electric Guitar - Dan Huff
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar - Larry Byrom
Keys, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer - Steve Nathan
Keys, Piano - Michael Omartian
Steel - Terry Crisp
Saxophone - Chris Hicks
Fiddle - Rob Majacos
Percussion - Tim Randy
Strings - The Nashville String Machine
String and Track Arrangements by - Michael Omartian
Background Vocals - Robert Bailey, Vicki Hampton, Lisa Cochran, Linda Davis, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Wendy Waldman, Karla Bonoff, Kim RIchey, Mike Mellet, Chris Rodriquez

Recorded at Emerald Studios by Terry Christian
Assisted by Grant Greene
Overdubs Recorded at Javelina Recording Studio by Terry Christian
Assisted by King Williams
“Please Come To Boston” “On My Own” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” Recorded at 16th Avenue Sound by Steve Tillisch
Assisted by Pete Martinez
Mixed at The Work Station by John Guess for Guess Work Productions
Assisted by Derek Bason
Mastered by The Work Station by Marty Williams
Project Coordinator - Jessie Noble

Produced By - Tony Brown and Reba McEntire for Reba McEntire Productions
Associate Producer - Michael Omartian

Management: Narvel Blackstock

Martina McBride appears courtesy of The RCA Records Label
Linda Davis appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Kim Richey appears courtesy of Mercury Nashville

You Keep Me Hangin’ On “Classic Paradise Radio Mix” was the single released to radio.

Album Chart Numbers

Billboard Top 200 - #5
Billboard Top Country Albums - #1

Track Listing

1. Talking In Your Sleep
Written By: Roger Cook, Bobby Wood

2. Please Come To Boston
Written By: Dave Loggins

3. On My Own (with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, and Linda Davis)
Written By: Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach

4. I Won’t Mention It Again
Written By: Cameron L. Mullins, Carolyn Jean Yates

5. You’re No Good
Written By: Clint Ballard Jr.

6. Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands
Written By: Don Goodman, Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy

7. Five Hundred Miles Away From Home
Written By: Bobby Bare, Charlie Williams, Hedy West

8. Starting Over Again
Written By: Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer

9. You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Written By: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland Jr.

10. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Written By: Jim Webb

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