Working with Christina taught me a lot; it was like going back to school. I had first became acquainted with her in 2002 through musical director extraordinaire Rickey Minor, who had called me to audition for her upcoming tour. After becoming her musical director and touring with her for the entire year, she called on me to arrange her Grammy performance of the song “Beautiful,” for which we had a 21-piece orchestra, a 14-voice choir, PLUS a full band. After a string of performances, I finally got the opportunity to work with her in the studio when she contacted me to produce her vocals for Herbie Hancock’s album, Possibilities, which earned her and Herbie a Grammy nomination. That’s where our studio relationship really started to develop.