flight and fancy of Deniece Williams started in the church choir
back in Gary, Indiana. Touring with Stevie Wonder, she spread her wings
as wide as the nation. Her sweet, charismatic voice won America's heart.
Many liken her voice to that of an angel.
Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, producers Maurice White (of Earth,
Wind and Fire), Thom Bell and
George Duke are just a few of her
creative admirers. Deniece Williams' career in entertainment came
about almost by accident. A native of Gary, Indiana, she had harbored
adolescent dreams of becoming a nurse, residing in an apartment on
Chicago's Lakeshore Drive and parking a '69 Thunderbird in her garage.
That was it. Fortunately for her and the world, it didn't turn out that
a cousin who lived in Detroit, she was introduced to Stevie Wonder.
Months later, through the same cousin (who was employed by Stevie), an
audition for a backup singing job was arranged for her and a couple
dozen other aspiring vocalists. She came, she auditioned, she got the
job. Somewhat to her own surprise, she became a member of Wonderlove,
where she remained from 1972-75.
In 1976, her first solo single, "Free," was
released. It was a hit and the first of a string of hits through the
association with Maurice White. Over the years she has delivered many
Top Ten hits, a few of which went to number one. Her records have sold
in the millions. She has collaborated with the best in the business,
including Pop legend Johnny Mathis. She has managed to easily cross back
and forth between R&B and Gospel and has taken home a number of
GRAMMYS in the process.
Hit songs include --
- I've Got The Next Dance
- It's Gonna Take A Miracle
- Let's Hear It for the Boy
- Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
- Never Say Never
- I Can't Wait
- Do What You Feel
- You're All I Need To Get By
- Baby, Baby My Love's All For You
- It's Important To Me
- Black Butterfly
- Wiser and Weaker
- Never Say Never
- I Confess
- This Is As Good As It Gets
- Every Moment
Deniece Williams may be available for your next special event!
..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in Indiana
Jun 3, 1950