Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Queen of Disco is back in 2008! Legendary singer songwriter Donna Summer releases her first studio album of all new material in 17 years! Her album Crayons contains a potent mix of up-tempo tunes and ballads while showcasing her incredible new material that is co-written by Donna. The song Crayons features Ziggy Marley. She has sold over 100 million records, has five Grammies, four #1 singles, 14 Top 10 Pop singles, 3 consecutive #1 platinum albums, 11 gold and platinum albums.
Vibe (p.61) - "Summer's vocals are effortless, energetic, passionate. The disco ball might be unplugged, but Summer still shines."
Q (Magazine) (p.143) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he's on sterling form. Her voice has never sounded richer..."
Personnel: Donna Summer (vocals, background vocals); Robert "Crit" Castillo (guitar); Angelo Petrucci (acoustic guitar); Tom Hemby (electric guitar, steel guitar, harmonica); Miri Ben-Ari (violin); Fred Kron (keyboards, bass synthesizer, programming); Sebastian Arocha Morton (keyboards, Moog synthesizer, programming); Jamie Houston (percussion, programming, background vocals); Davey Warf Rat Chegwidden, Iki Levy (percussion); Lester Mendez, Toby Gad (programming); Jakob Petren, Nathan DiGesare (keyboard programming); Josue Sejour, Jenny Berggren, Mary Gaines-Bernard, Bruce Sudano (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Jamie Houston; John Jaszcz; Serban Ghenea; Toby Gad; Brian Malouf.
Recording information: Chalice Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Criteria Studio, Miami, FL; DY Studios, Venice, CA; Echo Studios; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Hit Factory, Miami, FL; Paradise; ROCAsound Studios, Burbank, CAScrimshaw Studio, Nashvil; Strawberrybee Studios, New York, NY; Studio City Sound, Los Angeles, CA; The Village Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Michael Brandt.
Arrangers: J.R. Rotem ; Toby Gad.