"Fly Like a Bird" is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, first released on February 13, 2006 by Island Records as the sixth single from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). Written and produced by Carey and James "Big Jim" Wright, the song is influenced by Gospel, soul, and R&B music genres. Its arrangement is built on piano chords and guitar melodies, and features Carey's pastor Clarence Keaton, who recites two Biblical verses during the song's introduction and bridge. Carey described "Fly Like a Bird" as the most personal and religious track from The Emancipation of Mimi, with its lyrics featuring a veritable prayer to God: "Fly like a bird, take to the sky, I need you now Lord, carry me high!".

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  • "Fly Like a Bird" is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, first released on February 13, 2006 by Island Records as the sixth single from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). Written and produced by Carey and James "Big Jim" Wright, the song is influenced by Gospel, soul, and R&B music genres. Its arrangement is built on piano chords and guitar melodies, and features Carey's pastor Clarence Keaton, who recites two Biblical verses during the song's introduction and bridge. Carey described "Fly Like a Bird" as the most personal and religious track from The Emancipation of Mimi, with its lyrics featuring a veritable prayer to God: "Fly like a bird, take to the sky, I need you now Lord, carry me high!". At the time of its release, "Fly Like a Bird" received acclaim from music critics. While many praised Carey's strong vocal performance throughout its climax, many pinpointed on its lyrical content and compared it to Carey's debut song, "Vision of Love". Released as the final single from its parent album, the song was only sent to adult contemporary and gospel radio stations, during the same time "Say Somethin'" was commissioned to mainstream channels. Carey performed the song on several high-profile industry events, including the 48th annual Grammy Awards, the Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast concert charity benefit, and Idol Gives Back. Additionally, Carey included the song on the set-lists for all her succeeding tours since its release, up to the Caution World Tour. (en)
  • {{Infobox songur agy| B-side = My Saving Grace| released = February 19, 2006| recorded = 2004| studio ps Mariah Carey|work=BBC News|publisher=BBC|date=January 31, 2002|access-date=February 3, 2011}}</ref> Glitter became a box-office bomb, earning less than eight million dollars, and receiving scathing reviews. The soundtrack, while faring slightly better, failed to reach the critical or commercial heights of Carey's previous releases, and eventually lead to the annulment of On 'Emancipation'|last=Tianen|first=Dave|work=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|publisher=Journal Communications|date=April 15, 2005|access-date=June 30, 2011}}</ref> Aside from the dance-influenced tracks and the ballads, Carey created a concept, in which a song's lyrics would reach out to God. Simultaneously promoted alongside "Say Somethin', the song was released on March 13, 2006 to urban, urban AC and gospel stations, while the latter to mainstream Top 40 channels. Tom Ferguson from Billboard did not agree with releasing both singles concurrently, as he had given "Say Somethin'" a negative review. According to Ferguson, while the latter had radio appeal, its "scantily produced drum'n'bass" only distracted, concluding "'Fly Like A Bird' is a classic: why muddy the water with this release." (en)
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  • {{Infobox songur agy| B-side = My Saving Grace| released = February 19, 2006| recorded = 2004| studio ps Mariah Carey|work=BBC News|publisher=BBC|date=January 31, 2002|access-date=February 3, 2011}}</ref> Glitter became a box-office bomb, earning less than eight million dollars, and receiving scathing reviews. The soundtrack, while faring slightly better, failed to reach the critical or commercial heights of Carey's previous releases, and eventually lead to the annulment of On 'Emancipation'|last=Tianen|first=Dave|work=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|publisher=Journal Communications|date=April 15, 2005|access-date=June 30, 2011}}</ref> Aside from the dance-influenced tracks and the ballads, Carey created a concept, in which a song's lyrics would reach out to God. Simultaneously promoted alongsi (en)
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