fields could possibly be left for Vanessa Williams to conquer?
The international superstar has had two #1 singles ("Save the Best
for Last," "Love Is"), gold, multi-platinum and platinum
albums her first three times out totaling more than four million in
sales ('88's "The
Right Stuff," '91's "The
Comfort Zone" and '95's "The
Sweetest Days"), an Oscar-winning song ("Colors of the
Wind" from Disney's Pocahontas) and performed critically praised
roles on Broadway ("Kiss of the Spider Woman") and motion
pictures (starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hit summer
movie "Eraser," where she also sang the film's theme song,
"Where Do We Go From Here").
nine Grammy nominations and two NAACP Image Awards to her credit, Vanessa
Williams sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXX before an
estimated 138.1 million people in 170 countries around the world last
January, then performed "Colors of the Wind" on the global
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born to Milton and
Helen Williams, both of whom held advanced degrees in music. They were
responsible for introducing her to piano and the french horn. However,
it was her beautiful and silky voice that came naturally to her. Her
voice would become so much her love that she would continue to pursue
singing through college at Syracuse University as a Theater Arts major.
As Vanessa's beauty and graciousness matured she began
doing beauty pageants. Soon, she was crowned Miss New York. She would
then go on to represent New York in the Miss America pageant. She became
the first African American to ever win the Miss America crown. Toward
the end of her reign, her past actions came back to haunt her. She had
posed for Penthouse Magazine in her pre-Miss America days and the
magazine was threatening to reveal the pictures. So, she resigned as
A year later Vanessa did backup vocals on George Clinton's "Hey
Good Looking" and "Do Fries Go with That Shake?". These
got the attention of Wing/Mercury Record executives, who signed Vanessa
to her own recording contract.
In 1988 Vanessa's debut album "The
Right Stuff" was released. It won her a new image a more
playful, funky and sexy Vanessa Williams. Her single
"Dreaming" hit #1 in the charts.
In 1991 her second album, "The
was released and featured the ballad "Save the Best For Last,"
which stayed #1 on the charts for five weeks.
In 1995 Vanessa Williams brought out her third
Sweetest Days" which went platinum quickly.
Hit songs include --
- Love Is
- Running Back To You
- Save The Best For Last
- The Comfort Zone
- The Right Stuff
- Colors of The Wind
- Just For Tonight
- Refugio de Amor (You Are My Home)
- Work To Do
- The Sweetest Days
- Silver and Gold
- You Are Everything
- The Way That You Love
- (He's Got) The Look
- Darlin' I
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- Merry Christmas Darling
Vanessa Williams may be available for your next special
.Adult Contemporary R&B.
.Orchestra charts available.
..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in New York
Mar 18, 1963