Make Sure They See My Face is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Kenna. It was released on October 16, 2007 via Interscope and Star Trak labels. The record includes two singles.
The inspiration for the album came from Kenna's attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the title, inspired from a phone calls by Neptunes Pharrell asking Kenna; "are you going make sure they see your face?". Kenna's Kilimanjaro climb took him to 18,200 feet before he fell ill from taking a sulfur-based altitude medicine, one he was unaware he was allergic to.
Upon the album's British release in May 2008, Kenna told noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul: "I actually went in to make an album that unifies all walks. As a person I've always been between worlds. I've always had to be someone who adapts, someone who's a chameleon of sorts. So vocally, musically spiritually, and in my life I've constantly tended to approach things with the idea of just bringing things together and not limiting myself whatsoever. So musically that's what this record is to me - a fusion of all worlds and a unifier."
"Out of Control (State of Emotion)" was released as the lead single of the album on December 19, 2006. "Say Goodbye to Love" was released on August 21, 2007.
The first single "Say Goodbye to Love" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Alternative R&B Performance Category.
All songs produced by The Neptunes and Kenna.
|1.||"Daylight"||Kenna, Chad Hugo||4:26|
|2.||"Out of Control (State of Emotion)"||Kenna, Hugo||4:02|
|3.||"Loose Wires / Blink Radio"||Kenna, Pharrell Williams||4:40|
|4.||"Say Goodbye to Love"||Kenna, Williams||3:12|
|5.||"Sun Red Sky Blue"||Kenna, Hugo||4:05|
|6.||"Baptized in Blacklight"||Kenna, Hugo||4:08|
|8.||"Phantom Always" (featuring Justin Timberlake)||Kenna, Hugo, Justin Timberlake||4:38|
|9.||"Face the Gun / Good Luck"||Kenna, Hugo||5:34|
|10.||"Better Wise Up"||Kenna, Hugo||3:58|
|12.||"Wide Awake"||Kenna, Hugo||4:17|
|13.||"Big Lights"||Williams, Kenna||4:05|
|14.||"Rockaway Life" (featuring Justin Timberlake)||Hugo, Kenna, Timberlake||3:57|
Art Direction, Design – Kenna, Morningbreath
Engineer – Danny Betancourt
Engineer [Additional] – Ali, Andrew Coleman (3), Anthony Kilhoffer, John Hanes, Richard Reitz, Scott Thomas, Scott Wilson, Tim Roberts
Guitar [Additional Guitar] – Chester Kamen (tracks: 1 8 9 11)
Mastered By – Chris Gehringer
Mixed By – Serban Ghenea
Photography By – Michael Muller (2)
Producer, Executive-Producer – The Neptunes
Producer, Executive-Producer, Written-By – Kenna
Written-By – Chad Hugo (tracks: 1 2 5 6 8 9 10 12), Pharrell Williams (tracks: 3 4)