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Vanessa Williams

When Vanessa Williams began her singing career, she was known chiefly as the Miss America pageant winner who'd been forced to renounce her title for posing in Penthouse magazine. Williams not only put the scandal behind her, she all but obliterated it, turning out a series of slick, sophisticated hits that made her one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B singers of her time. In addition to her broad crossover appeal, she established a parallel acting career in both film and television, and became a highly successful all-around entertainer.

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in the upstate New York town of Millwood to parents who were both music teachers. She loved performing musical theater as a teenager, and won a scholarship to study it at Syracuse University in 1981. In the meantime, she began entering beauty pageants, with considerable success; in 1983, she represented New York in the Miss America pageant and became the first African-American woman ever to be crowned the winner. Unfortunately, her triumph was short-lived. Williams had posed for a series of nude photos for Penthouse prior to her historic victory, and when the magazine published them in 1984, the ensuing scandal forced her to resign as Miss America. Undaunted, Williams began to pursue her first love, singing; she backed George Clinton on his 1986 album R&B Skeletons in the Closet, including the single "Do Fries Go with That Shake?" Williams also returned to acting, making her feature film debut with a small role in The Pickup Artist in 1987; the same year, she married her manager, Ramon Harvey. All the renewed exposure eventually helped land her a record deal with Mercury/PolyGram subsidiary Wing.

Williams' debut album, The Right Stuff, was released in 1988, featuring a mix of urban dance-pop and adult contemporary balladry. The title track was a decent-sized hit, and the ballad "Dreamin'" became Williams' first Top Ten pop single, and went to number one on the R&B chart. The Right Stuff went gold, and Williams subsequently appeared in several TV movies. Her 1991 sophomore set The Comfort Zone was a star-maker; it spawned another R&B chart-topper in "Running Back to You," but the real story was the ballad "Save the Best for Last," a ubiquitous across-the-board smash that became Williams' first number one pop hit. The title track solidified Williams' growing reputation for smooth, sexy adult pop, and the album went on to sell over two million copies. In 1993, Williams' duet with Brian McKnight, "Love Is," became another huge hit when it was featured on the soundtrack of Beverly Hills 90210.

In 1994, Williams returned to her roots by accepting her first starring role on Broadway, taking over the lead in Kiss of the Spider Woman; she also appeared on a re-recorded version of the cast album. Late that year, she also released her third album, The Sweetest Days, which found her branching out into jazzy pop and torch songs in addition to her usual urban and adult contemporary fare. It also featured material by Babyface and Sting, and its upscale, sophisticated ambience gave Williams her second platinum certification. In 1995, Williams was tabbed to sing the commercial version of "Colors of the Wind," the theme to the Disney film Pocahontas; not only was it a huge hit, it also won an Academy Award. The year 1996 brought a divorce from manager Harvey and the holiday album Star Bright; most notably, Williams landed her biggest feature film role to date when she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in that year's Eraser, and she followed it with an appearance in the ensemble drama Soul Food in 1997. That year also brought her fourth proper album, Next, which didn't attract quite as much attention as its predecessors. After the release of Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years in late 1998, Williams remained relatively quiet on the musical front, save for the occasional live performance event. She concentrated more on her acting career, and was prominently featured in Dance with Me (1998), Light It Up (1999), and the remake of Shaft (2000).

Williams had married professional basketball player Rick Fox in 1999, but they divorced in 2004, the year Williams released a Christmas album, Silver & Gold. A decade highlighted by her work in Ugly Betty -- recognized with several awards and nominations -- the 2000s also entailed a pair of refined studio albums, Everlasting Love (2005) and The Real Thing (2009). She continued to act, most notably through two seasons of Desperate Housewives, and in 2015 married again. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Real Thing

1. Breathless

2. Hello Like Before

3. Loving You

4. Just Friends

5. The Real Thing

6. Lazy Afternoon

7. Close To You

8. I Fell In

9. October Sky

10. Come On Strong

11. If There Were No Song

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Track List: Everlasting Love

2. Never Can Say Goodbye (feat. George Benson)

3. Midnight Blue

4. Show And Tell

5. Let's Love

6. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

7. Everlasting Love

9. Send One Your Love

10. You Are Everything

11. One Less Bell To Answer

13. Harvest For The World

14. Today And Everyday (Wedding Song)

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Track List: Greatest Hits- The First Ten Years

1. The Right Stuff

2. Dreamin'

3. Running Back To You

4. The Comfort Zone

5. Save The Best For Last

6. The Sweetest Days

7. Betcha Never

9. Oh How The Years Go By

11. Colors Of The Wind

12. Where Do We Go From Here?

13. My Flame

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Track List: Vanessa Williams Love Songs

1. The Way That You Love (Late Night Mix)

2. Dreamin'

3. Alfie

4. Love Like This

5. And My Heart Goes

6. Still In Love

7. Just For Tonight

8. Someone Like You

9. And If I Ever

10. Can This Be Real

11. April Fools

12. Save The Best For Last

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Track List: The Sweetest Days

1. Intro-lude

2. The Way That You Love

3. Betcha Never

4. The Sweetest Days

5. Higher Ground

6. You Don't Have To Say You're Sorry

7. Ellamental

8. Sister Moon

9. You Can't Run

10. Moonlight Over Paris

11. Constantly

12. Long Way Home

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Track List: The Comfort Zone

1. The Comfort Zone

2. Running Back To you

3. Work To Do

4. You Gotta Go

5. Still In Love

6. Save The Best For Last

7. What Will I Tell My Heart

8. Stranger's Eyes

9. 2 Of A Kind

10. Freedom Dance (Get Free!)

11. Just For Tonight

12. One Reason

13. Better Off Now

14. Goodbye

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Track List: The Right Stuff

1. The Right Stuff

2. Be A Man

3. Dreamin'

4. If You Really Love Him

5. The Look

6. I'll Be The One

7. Security

8. Darlin' I

9. Can This Be Real?

10. Am I Too Much?

11. Whatever Happens

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Track List: Next

1. Who Were You Thinkin' 'bout?

2. Happiness

3. And My Heart Goes

4. First Thing On Your Mind

5. Crazy 'bout You

6. Lost Without You

7. Someone Like You

8. The Easiest Thing

9. Surrender

10. Start Again

11. And If I Ever

12. Oh How The Years Go By

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My favorite song
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gypsyme3
Wow what a song !! Omg !!
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Why did a African American singer song a native American song for a native American movie?
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One of my favorite divas
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I'd to listen to her music she's got it......
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infinitesolu t i o n c o n s u l t a n t s
This bio is incorrect because she did not pose for Penthouse. She did photo's for a photographer who told her that they were to be shadowed. After she won Miss America, he later sold the photos to Penthouse. She overcame all of it to become the most famous and talented Miss America in history. So proud of her and always have been.
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The first black miss America
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Class Act!
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I am a big fan of Vanessa Williams no matter if she acting are singing I still love her
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Totally deserves a thumbs up!!!
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She's got a beautiful voice.This song's sweet!
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I have always loved Vanessa in both acting and her singing careers.
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alafamiliaca s t
Love'd her in Ugly Betty and her new stuff needs to be played on this station like Just Friends soooooo great Thanks V
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I love this song sweetest days!!
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Need to get some of her music, I like it.
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very nice!!!!
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Nice song
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This beautiful song...conne c t you the land and heavens,We are all connected too each other.i never like watching people hurt...even as a child.
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devdasbfunky
This bio is extremely offensive. That penthouse thing happened DECADES ago. Her career surpassed that years and years and years ago. She is not chiefly known for that debacle. Take that down!
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This song makes me crumble, yet still whole.
Heavenly!
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Vanessa Williams is a wonderful person.... I don't care about any of the negative things other people say about her or what bad desicions she's ever made in her life. I luv her and some of her songs.
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Correction to those who think this song is from Pocahontas. This song came out quite a few years before that movie and song. 1988 was the year for this song.
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bellaneisha
She is cute
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I was reborn again in your smile and love. G.Baby
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Best song
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Don't expect you too
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Nobody wants be alone ,especially me but i been feel this all day.you want them that's the truth i was fun just didn't see it until now.
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Tired chasing you when you chasing them
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Like an Angel :-)
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I JUST LOVE HER.
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This is too the man of my dream and he knows who he is , I keep dreaming of him every nite
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very nice
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I need yur sex
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What the f**k I need ya
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Love yur big a** , too
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Ohhh I heard yur good at doing it...
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I need your sex bad
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I need yur sex bad. :( I heard yur good at doing it
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Inee
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I need your sex
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Oh uh eh yes yeah
Those are the sounds you'll be making when we're doing it
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Seeeeexy
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Why are yur breasts so huge I love love love them
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What a beautiful voice!!! So so soothing, how amazing!!! Sometimes u wish u had yr time again! Xxx
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The voice matches the person and her heart beautiful
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This is the first time I Ever heard Brian McKnight's Voice!! In this song!!!- No Lie!!- Vanessa Williams(Gro u n d b r e a k e r ! ) ! - - W o u l d n t listenened to him without Her!!!
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The Queen!!!!!!- T h i n k about it!!- She had everything taken from her!(Like Job!).But God gave it back to her!!!(More than she had!!)!-Been wih her since day #1!
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I Bow my head to this woman!!!!(No t Ashamed)!
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Love you vanessa!!! Love this song :)
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This is my fave song from pocahantis
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