The Preacher's Wife (Soundtrack)
Released: Nov 1996
Relative to other albums and even other soundtracks in Whitney's oeuvre, The Preacher's Wife often seems unmemorable. Part of the reason may be that she was best known as a singles artist, and there isn't really a breakout single here. But rather than brand it inconsequential, what if we thought about this as a kind of crossroads wherein all Whitney's iterations and paths meet: her gospel roots (she soars over the Georgia Mass Choir), her adult-contemporary beginnings, her dance-pop dabblings ("Step by Step") and, yes, her Bobby period (he appears on "Somebody Bigger than You and I")?