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Moving On is the fifth album by American vocalist, pianist and songwriter Oleta Adams, released in 1995. This album saw Adams move towards a more straightforward R&B sound, working with established R&B producers Vassal Benford (who had produced Rebbie Jackson, Jade and Toni Braxton) and Michael J. Powell (producer of Randy Crawford, Anita Baker and Regina Belle) who helped to mix her usual soul, pop and gospel styles with R&B. Adams wrote or co-wrote six of the twelve songs on the album, and for the first time produced two of the songs.

Moving On
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 1995
RecordedVarious studios
GenreR&B, soul
LabelFontana Records (Mercury Records)
ProducerMichael J. Powell, Vassal Benford, Scott Mayo, Oleta Adams
Oleta Adams chronology
Moving On
The Very Best of Oleta Adams
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Four singles were released from the album. The lead single, "Never Knew Love", was the most R&B-sounding song on the album, and gave Adams her fourth Top 40 hit in the UK. The second single, a re-recorded and remixed song from her first album, "Rhythm of Life" (only included in some editions of the album), gave Adams her last Top 40 hit in the UK to date. The final two singles from the album, the ballads "We Will Meet Again" and "Life Keeps Moving On", performed less well.

Commercial performanceEdit

The album had limited success, peaking at #59 in the UK Albums Chart and at #194 on the US Billboard 200, staying only one week on both charts. This was Adams' last charting album on both countries' main chart and the lack of commercial success led to Moving On being her last studio album released through Fontana Records.

The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for the best R&B Album.

Track listingEdit

US edition
1."Never Knew Love"Kathy Wakefield, Oleta Adams, Vassal Benford3:32
2."Once In A Lifetime"Wakefield, Adams, Benford5:24
3."I Knew You When"Donny Kees, Shawna Harrington-Burkhart4:20
4."You Need To Be Loved"Adams4:41
5."Slow Motion"Ed Fox, Evan Pace5:13
6."We Will Meet Again"Allan Rich, Brenda Russell4:47
7."This Is Real"Curtiss Boone, Michael J. Powell5:02
8."Life Keeps Moving On"Adams5:32
9."Long Distance Love"Lowell George4:15
10."Love Begins At Home"Rich, Jud Friedman, Adams4:51
11."If This Love Should Ever End"Boone, Powell4:45
12."New Star"Adams4:17
Total length:56:21


Chart (1995) Peak
US Billboard 200 194
US Billboard Top R&B Albums 49
Dutch album chart 14
UK Albums Chart 59