Take Me as I Am (Faith Hill album)

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Take Me as I Am
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1993
RecordedJuly 1993
StudioWoodland Recording Studios, Midtown Tone and Volume, and The Soundshop, Nashville, Tennessee, US
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
ProducerScott Hendricks, Michael Clute, Gary Burr
Faith Hill chronology
Take Me as I Am
It Matters to Me
Singles from Take Me as I Am
  1. "Wild One"
    Released: September 23, 1993
  2. "Piece of My Heart"
    Released: January 13, 1994
  3. "But I Will"
    Released: May 16, 1994
  4. "Take Me as I Am"
    Released: September 12, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Take Me as I Am is the debut studio album by American country music singer Faith Hill, released on October 12, 1993, by Warner Bros. Nashville. The album has been certified 3× platinum in the United States for shipments of three million copies.

Four singles were released from the album. The first two—"Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart"—reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1994. "Wild One," the tale of a rebellious teen-aged girl in conflict with her parents' more conservative ways, was the lead-off single, spending four weeks at No. 1 that January. "Piece of My Heart", a cover of the 1967 song by Erma Franklin, was issued as the follow-up. The third single, "But I Will", also charted, and the title track reached No. 2 in 1994.

Larry Flick from Billboard stated that on "But I Will", "the power of her pliable, pure country voice has never been better showcased than on this heartfelt ballad about a woman who's had just about enough."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Scott Hendricks; except "Just Around the Eyes" produced by Michael Clute and Gary Burr.

1."Take Me as I Am"Bob DiPiero, Karen Staley3:17
2."Wild One"Jaime Kyle, Pat Bunch, Will Rambeaux2:45
3."Just About Now"Gary Burr, Jon Vezner2:57
4."Piece of My Heart"Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy4:01
5."I've Got This Friend" (with Larry Stewart)Faith Hill, Bruce Burch, Vern Dant3:46
6."Life's Too Short to Love Like That"Sandy Ramos2:37
7."But I Will"Troy Seals, Eddie Setser, Larry Stewart3:47
8."Just Around the Eyes"Burr3:07
9."Go the Distance"Trey Bruce, Thom McHugh, Hill3:02
10."I Would Be Stronger Than That"Burr4:48
Total length:34:07


As listed in liner notes.

All tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"[edit]

On "Just Around the Eyes"[edit]


  • Producers: Scott Hendricks (all tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"); Mike Clute and Gary Burr ("Just Around the Eyes" only)
  • Assistant producer: John Kunz
  • Engineers: Mike Clute, John Kelton
  • Assistant engineers: Jon "JD" Dickson, Amy Hughes, John Kunz, Shawn McLean, Wayne Morgan, Herb Tassin
  • Mixing: Scott Hendricks
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell
  • Overdubs: Scott Hendricks, John Kunz
  • Art direction: Laura LiPuma
  • Design: Garrett Rittenberry
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport
  • Make-up: Eric Bernard, Beth Katz



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Take Me as I Am at AllMusic
  2. ^ Alanna Nash (1993-12-10). "Take Me as I Am Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  3. ^ "Faith Hill – Take Me as I Am CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 378. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone faith hill album guide.
  5. ^ Flick, Larry (May 28, 1994). "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. p. 51. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  6. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  8. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  9. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Faith Hill – Take me As I am". Music Canada. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Faith Hill – Take me As I am". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 31 August 2019.