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Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams grew up singing in a Pentecostal church, which was strict on the congregation listening only to gospel music. During the late '60s, she was a candy striper in a Chicago hospital. Outside of wanting a 1959 Thunderbird, she had no serious ambitions. Nontheless, she still had interest in listening to music. Her favorites were Carmen McRae for her diction and Nancy Wilson, who, for Williams, exemplified class and elegance. However, her mother, also a singer, was her idol. The Gary, IN, native was also fond of Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Minnie Riperton, and Patti LaBelle. (The latter two she tried to emulate before her introduction into the music industry.)

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). Her cousin arranged for Williams to meet Wonder backstage at a concert. Six months later, the gifted vocalist was flown into Detroit by Wonder for an audition. Among the 26 who auditioned, Williams, who sang "Teach Me Tonight," was only one of three who was hired by Wonder. The three became known as Wonderlove.

Williams being hired by Wonder was a big surprise. Soon after the audition, she toured with Wonder, who was the opening act for the Rolling Stones at the time. Her touring with Wonder lasted for several years. 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).

Williams left Wonderlove in 1975 and teamed up with producer Maurice White, the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. Under White's direction, Williams learned the business of music and was able to unwind and express herself musically. Under the Columbia banner, Williams released her first album entitled This Is Niecey. It featured the Billboard R&B number two single "Free," which also sealed the Top 25 on the pop charts. The song was personal to Williams, who felt restricted while with Wonderlove. The album also featured "Cause You Love Me Baby" and "That's What Friends Are For."

In 1977 the album Song Bird was released, and it featured the number 13 single "Baby, Baby My Love's All for You." The following year the dynamic singer scored her first number one song on both the R&B and pop charts with "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," which was a duet with the legendary Johnny Mathis. The follow-up single, "You're All Need to Get By," was also recorded with Mathis and it was a Top Ten single.

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. The single became a Top Ten gem. In 1982 Bell returned the sweet songstress to number one with the single "It's Gonna Take a Miracle."

Always writing from her own experience, Williams wrote the Top Ten single "Do What You Feel" based on the ordeals of someone else. (A believer in the song at the time, she no longer employs those beliefs.) In 1984 Williams recorded the number one hit "Let's Hear It for the Boy." Featured on the Footloose soundtrack, the single was produced by music virtuoso George Duke, who initially thought the song was too pop-ish and would not work. However, Duke's production savvy proved to be as paramount as Williams' vocals.

In 1984 the sensational singer recorded "Black Butterfly." From a African-American perspective, Williams immediately bonded with the song. The song would become a prelude to the uplifting gospel material Williams would record a few years later. With her label, Columbia, uninterested, Williams released the gospel album From the Beginning on Sparrow Records. The album featured the Grammy Award-winning single "They Say." The same year she also won a Grammy for "I Surrender" and another for "I Believe in You" in 1987. ~ Craig Lytle
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Track List: Love, Niecy Style

1. That's How Heartaches Are Made

2. Love's Holiday

3. This Time I'll Be Sweeter

4. If You Really Love Me

5. Someday We'll All Be Free

6. Cherish

7. Lady Love Me

8. The Only Thing Missing

9. Never Too Much

10. Cause You Love Me Baby

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Track List: Gonna Take A Miracle: The Best Of Deniece Williams

1. Free

2. I Found Love

3. Cause You Love Me Baby

4. That's What Friends Are For

5. God Is Amazing

6. Baby, Baby My Love's All For You

7. When Love Comes Calling

8. If You Don't Believe

9. Silly

10. It's Gonna Take A Miracle

11. Waiting

12. Do What You Feel

13. I'm So Proud

14. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

15. Black Butterfly

16. Let's Hear It For The Boy

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Track List: This Is Niecy

1. It's Important To Me

2. That's What Friends Are For

3. How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away

4. Cause You Love Me Baby

5. Free

6. Watching Over

7. If You Don't Believe

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Reminds me when we use to go to the concerts Arco the oldies but goodies
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grandmother1 9 5 6
A beautiful song bird
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I remember some of her songs stuck deep I remember.
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It's going to take a miracle to love someone new!!!!!! I only have love for you my love !!!
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dropper14
This was a really good video in the early days of MTV...You know...when they aired music video's
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krhsmith
LUV ❤️❤️
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msilvermerli n
when I hear Lets hear it for the boy I can't help laughing, because this is the song Kevin Bacon teaches Chris Penn to dance with in Footloose
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love it!
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Beautiful music
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Inspiring and wonderful to listen to her, lasting talent
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Beautiful and angelic. So full of love.
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nancyweissbe i n
Yes! It's going to take a miracle! Nice song ❤️
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Ayeee
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LUV IT
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amazing and beautiful... . . .
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Johnny Mathis really taught Denise a lot!
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margo2014.mf
Miracles do happen
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When I first heard Hear it for the boy I went nuts! Easy to dance to. When out dancing I would always ask Dr's to play it, and they always did.
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taradjiwd406
Not Chicago, but Gary Indiana
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Well, it took a big miracle to love someone new.!! :-}
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margo2014.mf
It will take a miracle to find you!
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margo2014.mf
This is a song that is priceless!
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Too much, too little, too late..
Deniece willams
Good song..
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I just love her and this song can listen to it over and over again ��
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Love this tune..❤
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I love her songs.
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yvonneartisf
❤❤❤ Deniece Williams!!!
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Great lady great music!
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I'll always listen to Ms.Williams angelic voice is so calming!
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This is one of America's gems. I LOVE THIS LADY...she shape my vocal craft as a child and I have gained so much from her talent. Much Love Nicey!!
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Everything takes a miracle....i f it's love, health and money..it takes a miracle!!!!! !
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Sweet voice like a angel. They should make more songs like It's going to a miracle:)
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This is the perfect song... You know.. Never be the same again..
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yvettepennin g t o n 3 4
She has such a sweet voice, my favorites silly& It's gonna take a miracle
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I love this song when i was a kid always would sing it n my friends would say if u sing that song one more time!! lol
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Deniece Williams has a sweet voice...love her music!
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Silly .... De niece Williams
Love hearing this song ....
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This music is fantastic... . . Deniece Williams is a brilliant performer .. She Sangggg !!!!!
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I really can't fully express how much I Love and Adore Deniece Williams' Marvelous voice ... It just gives me shivers and her Gospel songs just bring me to tears, especially.. . HIS Eyes are on the Sparrow ...Yes they Are ...xoxo
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Still number one for women singers in my book love you miss you forward motion girl JR Morales
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Now this is MUSIC
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,I so wish men were still like this..these days..lol��
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krypton1
Great song. I wish the music of today would start sounding more like this.
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Sing it girl, I always played her when I was growing up. Memories
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The best music ever the Kind that brings back memories of the love one never forgets!!
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deethomas70
Brings back some sweet memories of Yester-years , I miss so much
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Got be me,just have love me I accept you as is ,be free lover.
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WOW this song exemplifies my I-haven't-he a r d - t h i s - s o n g - i n - s o - l o n g moment...31 years, to be exact.
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Devotion 50 love the music
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Brilliant!!! !
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