#FIYAH! — LIVESTREAM 6.8.20 5:00PM ET — DENIECE WILLIAMS
Iconic four-time Grammy Award winner and 12-time nominee, Deniece Williams has transformed R&B/Pop/Gospel music over an amazing and versatile five-decade career that has produced both stellar #1 Pop and R&B singles with powerful messages of self-empowerment to fun disco hits.
Williams’ spectacular, four-octave range is heard in her multi-platinum hit songs, “Let’s Hear It for The Boy,” “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” “Free,” “Black Butterfly” “I’ve Got The Next Dance,” “I Surrender All,” “They Say,” I Believe In You” and “This Is My Song.”
A fruitful partnership formed with famed singer-songwriter Johnny Mathis resulted in many popular songs including the 1978 #1 smash, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” and “Without Us, ” the theme to the popular 1980s sitcom Family Ties. She then topped the Dance Charts in 1979 with her disco single, “I’ve Got the Next Dance”.
In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Williams became a top Gospel singer and multi-Grammy Award winner in the genre. A turning point came in 1980 when she joined Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire), Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo to present a gospel show in Los Angeles. Williams said the concert had a transformative impact. “God did something miraculous. Over 300 people were saved,” she said in an interview with Gospel Today Magazine. Following the show Williams and Bailey both decided to branch out into Christian music.
Monica Haynes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gushed, “Williams has the kind of range that would make Mariah Carey quiver!”