"Thank God I Found You" came together during a midnight songwriting session with star producers Jimmy Jam
and Terry Lewis, the architects behind many of Janet Jackson's hits, including "That's The Way Love Goes
" and "All For You
The duo was impressed by Mariah's knowledge of their catalog and her decisive nature: She knew exactly what she wanted and exactly how to explain it. Jam told Fred Bronson, author of the Billboard Book Of #1 Hits
, how the session unfolded. "She's got 'Thank God I found you' and that's about it," he said. "She sang the melody. We usually have [producer] Big Jim Wright sit in on those kind of sessions to work out chords. He wasn't there so I had to work out the chords myself. So I'm playing and there was a part where I said, 'Man, what chord am I supposed to do here?' and Mariah has such a good ear, she sang me the chord.'"