Personnel includes: Deborah Cox, RL (vocals); Anthony "Shep" Crawford (various instruments, background vocals); Issac Phillips, DJ Quik, Lascelles Stephens, Rodney Jerkens (various instruments); Professor Funk (guitar, bass); Michael Thompson, Robert Bacon, Robbie Nevil, Kevi-Kev (guitar); Mike Mason (strings); Vance Taylor (piano); Mac Quayle (keyboards, programming); Khris Kellows, Kenneth Crouch, David Foster (keyboards); Ronnie Garrett (bass); Daryl Simmons (keyboard & drum programming); Simon Franglen (Synclavier programming); Scott Meeder, William Thomas (drum programming); Gordon Chambers, Gale Canada, Kim Cooper, Naomi Canada Fennell. M. Jordan, Tyren Perry, Pamela Major (background vocals).
Producers include: Stevie J., Anthony "Shep" Crawford, Daryl Simmons, David Foster, Rodney Jerkins.
Engineers include: Ted Wohlson, Bob Brown, Larry Funk.
In as crowded a field as late-'90s R&B, you've got to have something that makes you stand out from the pack if you want to make a name for yourself. On ONE WISH, Deborah Cox makes it plain that she's addressed this issue with little difficulty. Not that Cox offers us some bold redefinition of her chosen genre; the songs on ONE WISH address the timeless topic of romance almost exclusively, and the production is on par with that of most other R&B acts. What sets Cox apart is that indefinable quality all great singers possess; a combination of emotional commitment, technical facility and pure inspiration. ONE WISH is full of wistful ballads laced with florid acoustic guitar filigrees and gentle string synth washes. Over this delicate backdrop, Cox lays her smooth but communicative voice, making every song seem like an intimate conversation.