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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, ending the '90s as 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 single, going all the way to number one on the R&B charts. 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 hit on the pop charts. 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 album. 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. 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. 1997 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). In 1999, Williams remarried to L.A. Lakers basketball player Rick Fox. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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very nice
I need yur sex
What the f**k I need ya
Love yur big a** , too
Ohhh I heard yur good at doing it...
I need your sex bad
I need yur sex bad. :( I heard yur good at doing it
Inee
I need your sex
Oh uh eh yes yeah
Those are the sounds you'll be making when we're doing it
Seeeeexy
Why are yur breasts so huge I love love love them
What a beautiful voice!!! So so soothing, how amazing!!! Sometimes u wish u had yr time again! Xxx
The voice matches the person and her heart beautiful
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!!!
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!
I Bow my head to this woman!!!!(No t Ashamed)!
Love you vanessa!!! Love this song :)
This is my fave song from pocahantis
Vanessa has a beautiful voice.You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you...
the colors of the wind
deb27jean0
Vanessa has a beautiful voice.
deb27jean0
You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you...
jtchawaii
I am looking forward to Vanessa's private performance In Honolulu for the celebration of Howard Hughes Corporation' s launch of Honolulu's premier urban master planned community known as Ward Village. Jack Tyrrell
I love Vanessa Williams. Save the best for last is my favorite song. Vanessa Williams is so pretty. She has a voice like a Angel.
claudiastanl e y
they paired the same wrong the dana owens album matches more a+
claudiastanl e y
learn the colors of the wind
Like my grandmother said, women who ARE class last longer than one-time-thr i l l s . A graceful woman who will not be forgotten :)
one very beautiful lady with one exceptionall y beautiful voice!!!!
Follow me If you love this song!
Love this Woman!
Reminds me of Disney,I love this song (^.^)
I love the Hawaiian Version Better����
yulylinda-
Say your name and close your eyes and say your crushes name post this on four other songs and your crush will go out with you
JUST LISTEN TO THE WORDS( alot of women can relate)
medeirosj5
Vanessa Williams you Go girl
I love vanessa williams and this song is from pchoahuntas. . . . . i f thats how u spell it..idk...bu t she is amazing..
She is Gorgeous and so talented. I love he. Frani D.
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I love this song! Beautiful
great and beautiful, talented woman
jordan.jenni f e r 7 5
Such a beautiful song bring tears to my eyes
Such a beautiful woman and a great song!!!!!
Go Girl !!! And you can really dance too
Love u Vanessa
a very talented and beautiful WOMAN
vanawill310
My she-rah, my nameesake!
You go Miss America! Can never take that away from you sistah girl!
Beautiful! No attitude either! She does not even know how beautiful she is. Love her voice!
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