Inner Child (album)

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Inner Child
Studio album by Shanice
Released November 19, 1991
Recorded 1990–1991
Length 59:36
Label Motown
Shanice chronology
Inner Child
21... Ways to Grow
(1994)21... Ways to Grow1994
Singles from Inner Child
  1. "I Love Your Smile"
    Released: October 22, 1991
  2. "I'm Cryin'"
    Released: February 18, 1992
  3. "Silent Prayer"
    Released: April 28, 1992
  4. "Lovin' You"
    Released: August 11, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Inner Child is the second studio album by American R&B singer Shanice, released November 19, 1991 on Motown Records. The album peaked at number 13 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart.

The lead single "I Love Your Smile" peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B charts.[2] The album also features a remake of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Lovin' You" which hit #59 on the R&B Singles chart in the summer of 1992. Shanice would cover the song for a second time on her 2006 album Every Woman Dreams.

Her other two singles, "I'm Cryin''" and her duet with Johnny Gill, "Silent Prayer", also proved to be successful on the R&B charts. The album was certified Gold making it Shanice's most successful album.

The UK version of the album features the Driza Bone remix of "I Love Your Smile" as track 14.

Track listing

  1. "Keep Your Inner Child Alive" (interlude) – 1:24 (Sally Jo Dakota, Narada Michael Walden)
  2. "I Love Your Smile" – 4:19 (Walden, Jarvis La Rue Baker, Shanice, Sylvester Jackson)
  3. "Forever In Your Love" – 4:46 (Baker, Dakota, Walden)
  4. "I'm Cryin'" – 5:07 (Dakota, Walden, Shanice)
  5. "I Hate To Be Lonely" – 6:46 (Walden, Wilson, Louis Biancaniello)
  6. "Stop Cheatin' On Me" – 4:50 (Baker, Walden, Shanice, Sandy Griffith, Claytoven Richardson)
  7. "Silent Prayer" (duet with Johnny Gill) – 5:03 (Walden, Jeffrey Cohen)
  8. "Peace in the World" – 4:26 (Baker, Dakota, Walden, Shanice)
  9. "Lovin' You" – 3:57 (Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph)
  10. "You Ain't All That" – 4:36 (Walden, Shanice, Biancaniello, Mike Mani, Hathaway Pogue)
  11. "Shanice & Mookie Meet Homie" (interlude) – 0:23 (Walden, Janice Wilson)
  12. "You Didn't Think I'd Come Back This Hard" – 3:39 (Baker, Shanice, Mani, Eric Daniels)
  13. "You Were The One" – 5:21 (Shanice, Crystal Wilson, Daryl Duncan, Kataya Anderson)
  14. "I Love Your Smile" (Hakeem's Mix) – 4:16 (Abdulsamad, Walden, Baker, Shanice, S. Jackson)
  15. "Goodnight" (interlude) – 0:23 (Walden, J. Wilson)


Year Title Pop R&B
1991 "I Love Your Smile" 2 1
1992 "I'm Cryin'" 11
"Silent Prayer" 31 4
"Lovin' You" 59


  • Shanice – vocals, spoken word, synthesizers
  • Louis Biancaniello, Eric Daniels, Mike Mani, Claytoven Richardson – keyboards, programming, backing vocals
  • Vernon "Ice" Black, Corrado Rustici, Ric Wilson – guitars
  • Joel Smith – bass
  • Narada Michael Walden – keyboards, synthesizers, programming, drums, percussion
  • Branford Marsalissax
  • Johnny Gill – spoken word
  • Jarvis La Rue Baker, Kitty Beethoven, Zorana Edun, Nikita Germaine, Sandy Griffith, Chris Hawkins, Skyler Jett, Ellen Keating, Alyssa Lala, Tony Lindsey, Crystal Wilson – backing vocals
  • String arrangements – Jerry Hey


Chart (1992) Peak
Austrian Album Charts 29
Norwegian Album Charts 16
Swedish Albums Chart 17
Swiss Album Charts 12
UK Albums Chart[3] 21
US Billboard 200[4] 83
US Top R&B Albums[5] 13


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Billboard's top singles
  3. ^ "SHANICE - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Billboard Charts
  5. ^ Billboard's Top 20 R&B

External links

  • Official website
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