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Anytime You Need A Friend

Anytime You Need A Friend


I love the vocal arrangements in gospel music

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff
Produced by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff


4:26     Album Version
6:56     7” Mix
4:47     Anytime Edit
10:55   C+C Club Version
10:55   Dave’s Empty Pass
9:46     Ministry of Sound Mix
4:52     Soul Convention Remix
4:50     Stringapella


  • MC: The song “Anytime You Need A Friend” definitely has a gospel influence. I love the vocal arrangements in gospel music, it’s like, one of my favorite things, and I love background vocals, so it was a really fun song to do in the studio. Actually, It sounds like a huge choir singing on it, on the record, but it’s mostly these three girls that have been working with me: the Price sisters, two of them, and another girl, Melonie Daniels. It was a great experience to work with them and to do these gospel arrangements. because they’re really from the church and they’re really really authentic, so it’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album.

    • 1994 Music Box Album Promo Video

  • [Walter] Afanasieff gives a glimpse into how the song was formulated.

    “Mariah was a huminguous lover of gospel music and the church,” says Afanasieff. “We were always in the company of these wonderful singers reared in the church. Her background singers like Melonie Daniels and Kelly Price grew up in the church. We were messing around with the fact that we were going to do a gospel type song. We had done a couple of songs on her second album. One was called “And You Don’t Remember” that we wrote and it had that 6,8 churchy, gospel type sound. We wanted to do something like that again.

    “Mariah also loved a song that she had on her first album called “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” The substance of “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and the gospel quality of “And You Don’t Remember” led this sort of melodic, melancholy theme that we wanted to bust out into some big harmony gospel singing type of chorus. This is how we came up with “Anytime You Need a Friend.”

    “It was very much driven by me being at the piano. When I’m playing the piano I’m playing a million different things. When I would be playing the piano Mariah would say ‘What’s that?’ and I’ll say ‘Which one?’ and she would say ‘Yea, I like it.’ and then when I would go on and play a hundred more things and she would do the same thing. I would play the minor sad melody, the chord progression and the verse she would say ‘What’s that? I love that.’ Then she would figure out the theme of the song. It was a combination of what we did on “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and “And You Don’t Remember” alongside the beautiful singing her girls were going to provide. Mariah gave the world that sick female harmony almost choir sounding style of hers. She loved arranging and adding as many harmonies as possible.”




1993 Released on the Music Box album. 
2001 Included on the Greatest Hits compilation.
2003 C+C Club Version included on The Remixes compilation.
2009 Included on the The Ballads/Love Songs compilation.
2011 Included on The Essential Mariah Carey compilation.

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