Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler; June 3, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and producer. Williams has been described as “one of the great soul voices” by the BBC. Williams has won four Grammys with twelve nominations altogether.
Deniece Williams has a 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.” In pointing to Williams’s similar vocal ability as her former musical icon and colleague (Minnie Riperton), Mark Anthony Neal, in referencing Jill Scott’s agility in displaying vocal acrobatics, states, “Scott draws on her upper register recalling the artistry of the late Minnie Riperton and “songbird” Deniece Williams.” According to Monica Haynes of Post-Gazette.com, Williams “has the kind of range that would make Mariah Carey quiver”.
Its “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear: Shalamar, the Isley Brothers, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Kool & the Gang, Al Jarreau, Patti LaBelle, Toto, Deniece Williams, Barry & Glodean White and a host of other artists. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. With all the cold and inclement weather sweeping the country, let’s warm up with some “Sweet Soul Music” later this evening with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” which you can access at: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html
The 4th of July weekend continues, and later this afternoon I’ll be joining you for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” with music from: Shalamar, Force MD’S, Al B. Sure!, Gregory Abbott, AWB, Deniece Williams, Regina Belle, Richard “Dimples” Fields, The Gap Band, Michael Jackson and many others. The get-together starts at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT. I think you’ll enjoy it. BTW, next Saturday, July 12th on the original “G.S.P.,” the whole show will be dedicated to the late Bobby Womack. You’ll Bobby’s solo hits, his collaborations, his early forays into the recording studio with his mentor Sam Cooke, cutting tracks with the Womack Brothers, a/k/a the Valentinos and even Bobby “live in concert.” I think he deserves this tribute. Bobby Womack was a giant in our business. So jot it down and check it out next Saturday. But in the mean-time, and the in-between-time, it’s “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” this afternoon at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.com Look for encore on the Program schedule and soon available on the RadioMax Podcast page.