Williams is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and
record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s.
Ms. Williams, whose music has been influenced by soul and
funk, is known for her hits such as “Free”, “Let’s Hear
It for the Boy”, “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle”, and for her
many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis.
The single “Free” reached #2 on the Black Singles chart,
#25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the British Singles
chart. 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. Williams also
topped the dance charts with her disco single “I’ve Got
the Next Dance”. Mathis and Williams also recorded the popular
theme to the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, “Without Us”.
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, yet another
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, reaching #10.
In 1984, Deniece 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 Footloose.
The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career.
She 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.
Although Deniece had recorded one inspirational song on
almost each of her albums, it was in 1980 that her musical
career path began change toward one of her favorite things,
Gospel music. She joined with friend Phillip Bailey (Earth,
Wind and Fire fame) in 1983 to record “They Say.” Deniece
later recorded the song with Christian artist Sandi Patti
and won a Grammy for it. In 1986, she would release her
first full-length gospel album, So Glad I Know which brought
her two Grammy awards.
Deniece would continue to write, record and release Gospel
music for the next several years. In 1999 she recorded the
Gospel album This Is My Song, which brought her another
Grammy award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.
Deniece continues to work on countless projects and has
an incredible four-octave range and distinctive soprano
voice. Her vocal range was also 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.”