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Encyclopedia > Deniece Williams
Denice Williams
Background information
Birth name June Deniece Chandler
Also known as "Niecy" Williams
Born June 3, 1950 (1950-06-03) (age 57)
Origin Gary, Indiana
Genre(s) soul, R&B, Gospel
Occupation(s) Vocalist/Singer
Instrument(s) Vocals

Deniece "Niecy" Williams (June 3, 1950— ) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. Williams, whose music has been influenced by pop, soul, gospel, R&B and dance, is known for her hits such as "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Silly" and for her vocal duets with Johnny Mathis. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the novel Soul Music. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the novel Soul Music. ... Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lets Hear It for the Boy was the second number-one song for both Deniece Williams and Footloose. ... John Royce Mathis (b. ...

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Career

Born June Deniece Chandler in 1950 (some sources list her birth year as 1951) in Gary, Indiana, Williams' career began in the 1970s when she became a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder as part of "Wonderlove", along with Minnie Riperton. She left Wonder in 1975 and teamed up with producer Maurice White, who was the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. After signing to Columbia Records, her 1976 debut album entitled This Is Niecy was released. The single "Free" reached #2 on the Black Singles chart, #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the British Singles chart. The album also featured "Cause You Love Me Baby" (which charted separately on the R&B chart as the flip side of "Free") and "That's What Friends Are For". She also shared a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with pop singer Johnny Mathis in 1978 with the duet "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late". The duet also topped the Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American soul singer and songwriter, most noted for her abilities in the whistle register and her 1975 hit single Lovin You. Possessing a rare five-octave vocal range, she displayed the ability to imitate instrumentation and even birds. ... Maurice White in Munich, Germany in 1975 Maurice White (born December 19, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American soul, funk, and R&B singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and bandleader. ... Earth, Wind & Fire is a world-renowned American band which fuses different genres of music, formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 and is led and founded by Maurice White. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... John Royce Mathis (b. ...


Williams moved on to the American Recording Company (ARC) in the early 1980s where she scored the top ten R&B smash hit "Silly." in 1981. The following year, famed producer Thom Bell helped Williams score another #1 R&B chart-topper with her remake of The Royalettes' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," which became a Top 10 pop hit as well. In 1984, Williams released the album Let's Hear It for the Boy, in which the title track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture, Footloose. For other people with similar names, see Tom Bell and Thomas Bell. ... The Royalettes (also credited as Sheila Ross and her Royalettes) were a girl group of the 1960s from Baltimore, Maryland. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. ...


Williams continued releasing albums during the 1980s such as Hot On The Trail (1986), Water Under The Bridge (1987), and As Good As It Gets (1988), which featured her last Top Ten hit to date, "I Can't Wait", written by Skylark. However, in part due to a lack of promotion from her record company, her mainstream popularity faded. An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... The record industry (or recording industry) is the industry that manufactures and distributes mechanical recordings of music. ...


Since 1996, Williams has presented her own BBC radio show in the UK, showcasing the best in new gospel and inspirational music. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ...


Vocal profile

Deniece Williams's vocal range has also been pointed out by The New York Times, 'Miss Williams mounted a spectacular vocal display in which her penetrating, feline soprano soared effortlessly to E flat above high C, and she worked various vowel sounds into prolonged feats of vocal gymnastics'[1] . In pointing to Williams's similar vocal ability as her former musical icon and colleague (Minnie Riperton), Mark Anthony Neal in referencing Jill Scott's agility in displaying vocal acrobatics, states 'Scott Draws on her upper register recalling the artistry of the late "songbird" Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams'[2]. According to Monica Haynes of Post-Gazette.com, Williams "has the kind of range that would make Mariah Carey quiver."[3] The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... This article is about the singing voice part. ... Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American soul singer and songwriter, most noted for her abilities in the whistle register and her 1975 hit single Lovin You. Possessing a rare five-octave vocal range, she displayed the ability to imitate instrumentation and even birds. ... Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American R&B singer and songwriter. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and actress. ...


Current project

After more than a decade Williams's new R&B album, titled Love, Niecy Style, was released on April 24, 2007 on Shanachie Records. The disc is produced by veteran "Sound of Philly" man Bobby Eli. The disc has received positive review from Starpulse,[4] soultracks.com,[5] eurweb.com and Jet. The disc charted at #41 on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums. Jet magazine is a popular African-American publication founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1951 by John H. Johnson of Johnson Publishing Company. ...


Trivia

  • Williams and Johnny Mathis's collaboration on "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", was preceded by a few months by an entire album they recorded together titled That's What Friends Are For. The title track was a remake of the same song from her debut album. The album also contained covers of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "You're All I Need To Get By", Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" and Stevie Wonder's "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", a hit for Aretha Franklin in 1974.
  • Mathis and Williams also recorded the popular theme to the sitcom Family Ties, "Without Us".
  • In December 2005, Deniece Williams appeared on the reality-dating show Elimidate as part of their "Celebrity Week". Other participants included fellow 1970s icons Leif Garrett and Jimmie Walker.
  • Contrary to widespread belief, Williams is not the mother of hip-hop and R&B producer Phalon "Jazze Pha" Alexander. Alexander's mother is a different woman (also a singer) named Denise Williams.[6] [7] [8]
  • The track "The Rain" on the Will Smith album Willennium contains a sample of Deniece Williams's song "I Believe In Miracles".
  • At an August 18th performance in Los Angeles, CA she injured herself when she fell off the stage. Despite her injury she continued to perform and finished her set where upon she was taken to the hospital in a wheel chair.
  • Williams also contributes in an album featuring English-language translations of songs from the world-popular Japanese pop music girl group Morning Musume. She sings "Dance Site", a translated version of their 8th single, "Koi no Dance Site".
  • On October 13, 2007 Williams gave a benefit performance on opening night at The Glen Theater, a landmark in her hometown of Gary, IN which was re-opened after being closed for nearly twenty years. The day was officially declared "Deniece Williams Day" in the city and Williams was named a "Distinguished Hoosier" by the State of Indiana.

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Discography

Main article: Deniece Williams discography

This is a discography for the recordings of R&B/soul singer Deniece Williams 1976: This Is Niecy (Columbia) - US #33, R&B #3 1977: Song Bird (Columbia) - US #66, R&B #23 1978: Thats What Friends Are For (with Johnny Mathis) (Columbia) - US #19, R&B #14 1979...

References

  • Biography

See also

This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ...

External links

  • Deniece Williams at the Internet Movie Database
  • This Is Niecy: The Deniece Williams Website @ Soul Legends Fan Site
  • Myspace

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Deniece Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (369 words)
Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler on June 3, 1950 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and songwriter who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s.
Williams, whose music has been influenced by Pop, Soul, Gospel, RandB and dance, is best known for her lyric soprano voice, which frequently accesses the whistle register, and hits such as "Let's Hear It For The Boy" and "Silly".
William's career began in the 1970s when she bacame a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder, who was the opening act for The Rolling Stones at the time, and Minnie Riperton.
VH1.com : Deniece Williams : Biography (723 words)
In need of employment and with college on the back burner, the fledgling singer was introduced to Wonder by John Harris, her cousin from Detroit, who happened to be on tour as a valet for Wonder (and was also his childhood friend).
Though her stint with Wonder was a great experience and opportunity, it was also difficult considering Williams had to make many adjustments professionally and personally (she had two sons prior to taking the gig: one 4 months old, the other 18 months).
Still under White's tutelage, Williams moved over to White's American Recording Company (ARC) and stumbled a few times with several releases before scoring the smash hit "Silly." Written by Williams and produced by famed producer Thom Bell, she sang this song from her own personal experience as well.
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