[Article published in Sydney Morning Herald - Thanks Jason]
Multiple Award-winning producer Babyface has squashed rumours of rivalry between supesrtar R&B divas Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The two octave-spanning singers have just recorded a duet for the upcoming animated feature, The Prince Of Egypt.
Babyface described the song, called "When You
Believe", as a "gospel-tinged power- ballad" that will be the theme song to
the movie, which is based on the biblical story of Moses. Babyface denied rumours of
tantrums by either of the singers and laid to rest the long standing idea of intense
rivalry between Carey and Houston. Asked which of the two divas had the biggest ego, he
laughed and said "I don't know where this whole "rivalry" thing came from.
I admit, when I agreed to do the song, I was nervous about it, but when we all got
together, we just laughed! The two of them were... almost awe-struck in each other's
presence." When pressed to elaborate on the divas' behaviour in studio and of reports
that there was friction, Babyface said "We had a great time. They both gave it
everythng they had, and at times I was blown away by the sheer power of their voices
together. At times they were giggling together like schoolgirls, and talking about what
direction they wanted the song to go. I think, and I don't know if they want me saying
this, but I think they were surprised by how much they had in common. It was a lot of fun,
and it's a great song, so I feel really honoured to have worked with these two vocal stars
on this particular song."
NEWSFILE: 21 AUGUST 1998
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