On The Way Up (II Mix) - Elisa Fiorillo - On The Way Up
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I Am is the second album from American singer Elisa Fiorilloand her last album release aiming at the mainstream chart, released in After the American top 20 success of the single "Who Found Who" with John "Jellybean" BenitezFiorillo On The Way Up (II Mix) - Elisa Fiorillo - On The Way Up two minor hits on the American Billboard from her self-titled debut album.
As a follow-up, she released her second album I Am inrecorded at Prince's Paisley Park recording studio after she had contributed, as a backing vocalist, to the soundtracks of Graffiti Bridge and Batman. Several songs from the album were written by Prince, whilst he also produced one track.
Fiorillo also appeared on Prince's album Diamonds and Pearlsbeing the backing vocalist on two songs, whilst inFiorillo became a member of Prince's band, where in she performed on a world tour with Prince, playing in sold-out shows across Europe.
The leading single "On the Way Up" gave Fiorillo a top American hit and garnered significant attention in clubs, whilst "Oooh This I Need", released infailed to capture the same success, only peaking at The album itself failed to make an impact on the American chart or any other country, and Fiorillo would not record any more albums, largely contributing as a backing vocalist instead.
In an interview around the time of the album, the interviewer noted that the track "Ain't Right" spoke about interracial relationships, and therefore asked Fiorillo what motivated her to write it. Fiorillo replied "I got the idea from a friend of mine who was going out with a black guy, and "Ain't Right" is about the way her parents reacted. If a person loves somebody you shouldn't put any boundaries on it.
I mean, I'm Italian; I don't want people saying "Don't go out with her, she eats too much pasta. In a December interview, the article spoke of the track "Purpose in Your Life", which Fiorillo took particular pride in. The song is an anti-teen-suicide song inspired by a letter Fiorillo received several years before from a despondent year-old fan. Fiorillo stated " I wrote her a letter back, and I told her you have to have a purpose and you should realize that you can't live for everyone else - you have to live for yourself.
She wrote me back, and so did her parents, thanking me. It made me think I can really help people and it's nobody's doing but mine. On the album, Fiorillo co-wrote five of ten tracks, Prince wrote and co-wrote five tracks, whilst various other writers mainly include those who produced the album, such as David Z.
In an interview around the time of the album, Fiorillo was asked how she came to work with Prince. I had just finished some vocals. I went to the bathroom, came back, and Prince was sitting there in the studio listening to my tape.
I didn't know it at the time, but Prince had been writing a song called "I Am", which was for me. And he was always on my case, urging me to write more. He said, "Tomorrow I want you to bring in a new set of lyrics and we'll write a song. In Januaryan interview in the Philadelphia Magazine spoke of how Fiorillo came to work with Prince, where Fiorillo spoke about the idea of the On The Way Up (II Mix) - Elisa Fiorillo - On The Way Up sound and Prince, stating "I wanted to take the Philadelphia soul sound and add it to the Minneapolis funk and make myself a really soulful little white girl.
So last year I called up David Z. One day I came back from the bathroom and Prince was sitting there. He looked up and, "You're a good singer. Why don't you go in there and sing for me?
So I Sleepless Nights - Norah Jones - Moon Song in and started singing.
He said, "Do you write? I stayed up until 4am writing. He has quite a reputation and it had my whole family worried. I decided that I wasn't going to sacrifice working with a genius because of rumors. Besides, I could never figure out how he found time to mess around since he was always working. He's a very generous person who likes to help people and he's not just a sex maniac. I think the world of him. The article mentions that I Am does have similarities to Madonna although the album is exactly how Fiorillo wanted it, with Fiorillo stating "My album started off very mechanical and I said "I'm not making a record that sounds like anybody else.
A December interview with Fiorillo spoke about the I Am album, "I went in with a different attitude and I came out with what I wanted. I said, "I don't care, that's what I want, that's what I sing. The album was released via Chrysalis Records in America and in certain European countries, including Sweden and Sun Stone - The Clear Spots - Mansion In The Sky. The album's artwork features a close-up shot of Fiorillo's face against a white On The Way Up (II Mix) - Elisa Fiorillo - On The Way Up.
To date, the album remains only available on the original and now out-of-print vinyl, cassette and CD. Unlike her debut album, I Am is unavailable to buy as an MP3 download.
A music video was created for "On the Way Up",  although no video was created for the second single "Oooh This I Need", although TV performances of both singles were broadcast in both America and Europe. In an article and interview with Fiorillo by the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, the article's writer speaks of the album, stating "With her latest record, "I Am" Chrysalisshe asserts a message of independence and sensuality.
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