Personnel: Latoya London (vocals, background vocals); Latoya London; Black Thought (rap vocals); Ira Siegel, Ray Fuller (guitar, guitars); Dwight Sills, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Phil Hamilton, Michael Herring (guitar); John "Jubu" Smith, Paul Jackson (guitars); Victor Vanacore (strings, string synthesizer); Jerry Hey (trumpet, horns); Frank Gayer Martin (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Rex Rideout (keyboards, drums, programming); Reed Vertelney (keyboards, drum programming); Reed Vartelney (electric keyboard, drum programming); Reggie Hamilton, Sekou Bunch, Troy "Boodah" Lampkins (bass instrument); Michael White , Michael White , Ricky Lawson, Ray Lawson (drums); Kevin Ricard, Marquinho Brazil (percussion); Antwan Thompson, The Stereo (programming); Lori Perri, Nikita Germaine, Perri (background vocals); Cedricke Dennis, Robbie Nevil (guitar); Dan Higgins (saxophone); Barry J. Eastmond (keyboards, percussion, drum programming); Narada Michael Walden (drums); Luis Conte, Ray Bardani (percussion); Lauren Evans, Tony Lindsey, Dionyza Sutton (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ray Bardani; Manny Marroquin; Adam Kagan; Jon Smeltz; Bradley Spalter.
Recording information: Ameraycan Studios, North Hollywood, CA; AXIS Studios, Philadelphia, PA; B-Rad Studios, West Hollywood, CA; Calabasas Sound, Calabasas, CA; Colorblind Fish Studio, Woodland Hills, CA; East Bay Music Recording, Tarrytown, NY; Kar Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA; Valerian Studio, Scarsdale, NY; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA; White Lightening Studios, Sylmar, CA.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Arrangers: Narada Michael Walden; Barry J. Eastmond; Reed Vertelney.
Widely predicted to be the winner of AMERICAN IDOL's 2004 season, Latoya London was abruptly voted off of the reality-TV show, shocking many viewers. Her staunch supporters will undoubtedly be pleased with LOVE & LIFE, which showcases London's dynamic voice amidst a finely crafted backdrop of sophisticated, pop-tinged R&B. Like Kelly Clarkson, London seems to have what it takes to transcend TV-novelty status, a quality that bodes well for a promising recording career.
Vibe (p.152) - "[She] sings with the spirit of an old-school R&B artist on her debut..."