Real Life

Real Life

by RJ Helton



American Idol finalist RJ Helton didn't make it past the Top 5, but his lush, boy-band--primed vocals, cherubic good looks, and testimonies of faith were enough to convince B-Rite Records that the Georgia native was ready for Christian music's prime time. Real Life is Helton's debut, and it's a pure pop confection, from the slick-as-a-hockey-rink production to hooky inspirational songs to Helton's own showy vocal displays (he'll choose acrobatics over holding a note every time). It's a recipe straight out of the boy-band handbook -- think Backstreet Boys and Christian music's own Plus One -- and Helton pulls it off remarkably well. Latin rhythms ("Love Song," also sung in Spanish as "Canto de Amor," and "My Devotion"), smooth R&B ("Tell Me," "Even If") and hip-hop flourishes ("My Devotion" again, and "Freedom") are on display here, with the lyrics for the most part being devotions to God. Helton has a beautiful voice that handles the highly-polished approach well, though one does crave to hear some edge somewhere. Super-slick pop doesn't allow much room for an artist's personality to shine through, and that's a weakness of Real Life.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Gospocentric
UPC: 0757517006123
catalogNumber: 70061

Album Credits

Performance Credits

RJ Helton   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Tim Heintz   Keyboards
Lisa Bevill   Choir, Chorus
Andy Duncan   Guitar
Dennis Holt   Drums
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar
Phil Sillas   Percussion
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Reed Vertelney   Keyboards
Craig White   Bass
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Jerard Woods   Choir, Chorus
Darwin Hobbs   Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore   Choir, Chorus
Michael Carney   Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods   Choir, Chorus
Joey Canaday   Bass
Paul Moak   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Fiona Mellett   Choir, Chorus
Marcia Ware   Choir, Chorus
Greg Hagan   Acoustic Guitar
Carissima A. Joseph   Choir, Chorus
Rob Graves   Acoustic Guitar
Sam Mizell   Drums,Keyboards
Shaun Shankel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian White   Composer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Andy Duncan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Carl Marsh   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
David Schober   Engineer
Phil Sillas   Producer
Tommy Simms   Composer,Producer
Reed Vertelney   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Russ Long   Engineer
David Flemming   Engineer
Mookie   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Engineer,Sound Design
Bernie Herms   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Vicki Mack Lataillade   Executive Producer
Monica Bacon   Executive Producer
Tiffany Arbuckle   Composer
Adam Kagan   Engineer
Claude Lataillade   Executive Producer
Michael Ripoll   Composer
Fred Paragano   Engineer
Wendy Jones   Art Direction
Russ "Russwell" Long   Engineer
Natalie Grant   Composer
Jamie Moore   Composer
Michael Carney   Composer,Producer
Josiah "Chuks" Bell   Programming
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Programming,Engineer
Joshua Chavez   translation
RJ Helton   Composer
Aldo Ruggiero   Engineer
Mike Stavinoga   Digital Imagery
Sam Mizell   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Shaun Shankel   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Sound Design

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Real Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is very good for a first time artist. I really enjoy RJ's voice its really smooth and i can hear the emotion in his voice. the songs have a message and are all enjoyable. Recommend this CD to your friends!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i heard a promo of this cd a couple of days ago and was very impressed. they can do amazing things in a recording studio.