“Take Me As I Am”
Written by Bob DiPiero and Karen Staley
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
December 16 – December 30, 1994
1994 ends like it began, with Faith Hill at No. 1.
The Road to No. 1
Faith Hill had the first Billboard No. 1 hit of 1994 with her debut single, “Wild One.” Then “Piece of My Heart,” her second single, topped both the Billboard and Radio & Records charts. A third single, “But I Will,” missed the top thirty, but Faith finished out 1994 with the year’s last No. 1 single on the R&R chart.
The No. 1
There was a serious debate among Warner Bros. Nashville leadership on what should be Faith Hill’s first single: “Wild One” or “Take Me As I Am.”
For introducing a young new female artist, “Wild One” was probably the right choice. But as an introduction to who Faith Hill would be as an artist, “Take Me As I Am” is a more representative introduction.
Although her vocals were clearly influenced by Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, Faith Hill was unmistakably a nineties female country artist, with an independent streak and high standards for any man looking to be in a long-term relationship with her:
“I don’t need a bed of roses, ’cause roses wither away. All I really need is honesty, from someone with a strong heart, a gentle hand, to take me as I am.”
That self-certainty would remain with her as she matured as an artist. “Take Me As I Am” is a great reminder of how much of it was already there from the beginning.
The Road From No. 1
Hill would resurface in 1995 with her second album, It Matters to Me. After the lead single “Let’s Go to Vegas” went top five, she returned to the No. 1 spot with the album’s title track. We’ll cover it in early 1996.
“Take Me As I Am” gets a B+.
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