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Under the Influence (1996)

Updated: Nov 26, 2023


Under the Influence is the third studio album by the Christian R&B/gospel group Anointed, released on October 29, 1996 on Myrrh/Word Records. The album is produced by Christopher Harris and Mark Heimermann.


After the departure of former member Mary Tiller, Anointed was reduced from a quartet to a trio with siblings Steve and Da'dra Crawford and Denise "Nee-C" Walls remaining and continuing the success of their 1995 album The Call with the first single and music video of the title song. It opens and closes the album with two mixes: the acoustic mix and the main mix. Its second single "Waiting in the Wings" draws comparisons with the 1980 Christopher Cross number 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Sailing" with its backdrop of waterfall guitars. The song gave Anointed their first number one song on The CCM Update's Christian AC chart. The track "Get Ready" is a funky/bluesy call to prepare for the Lord's return.


Under the Influence was another best seller, peaking at number 7 on the Top Christian Albums and number 4 on the Top Gospel Albums charts in Billboard magazine. Anointed also makes their first appearance on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart at number 13. In 1997, Anointed won a Dove Award for Urban Recorded Song of the Year for "Under the Influence" and a year later was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.


Track listing


1. Under the Influence (acoustic mix) (Mark Heimermann) -4:11

2. Waiting in the Wings (Denise "Nee-C" Walls, Ty Lacy) -4:01

3. Adore You (Bob Farrell, Tina DeVaron, Larry Loftin, Mattias Gustaffason) -4:00

4. Get Ready (Da'dra Crawford Greathouse, Mark Heimermann, David Mullen) -2:55

5. Take Me Back (Denise "Nee-C" Walls, David Mullen) -3:42

6. Do (Da'dra Crawford Greathouse, Denise "Nee-C" Walls, Mark Heimermann, David Mullen, Phil Madeira) -3:55

7. Answer to My Prayer (Da'dra Crawford Greathouse, Dennis Matkosky, Madeline Stone) -4:13

8. Walking in the Light (Steve Crawford, Tommy Sims) -3:55

9. Come Unto Me (Denise "Nee-C" Walls, Marty Hennis) -4:28

10. Us (Denise "Nee-C" Walls, Ty Lacy, Andy Selby) -4:53

11. Under the Influence (main mix) -4:12


Personnel


Anointed:

Steve Crawford -vocals

Da'dra Crawford Greathouse -vocals

Denise "Nee-C" Walls -vocals


Accolades

Dove Award -Urban Recorded Song of the Year ("Under the Influence")


Radio singles

1996 "Under the Influence" -#3 Christian CHR (main mix), #2 Christian AC (acoustic mix)

1996 -1997 "Waiting in the Wings" -#2 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1997 "Adore You" -#3 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1997 "Walking in the Light" -#3 Christian AC

1998 "Get Ready" -#18 Christian AC


Previous release: The Call (1995)

Next release: Anointed (1999)

Watch the music video of "Under the Influence" here:


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