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”.
Today is the last full day of summer. So as we “fall” into autumn, we’ll note the changing seasons on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening with music from: Oran “Juice” Jones, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Regina Belle, the Bar-Kays, Sheila E. with Prince, Phillip Bailey, Deniece Williams, George Clinton, Yarbrough & Peoples and several others. I’ll be looking for you at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I hope you can make it. We’re here on the station that plays the best of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, we’ll be doing something different. “1980s Remakes.” I think you’ll be surprised to discover how many great songs were re-made (or covered if you’d prefer) in the 1980s. I’m talking about songs from the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s were re-tooled and got musical makeovers during the decade of the 1980s, and I’ve got them for you tonight. Artists bringing ’em back include: Chaka Khan, Manhattan Transfer, New Edition with Little Anthony Gourdine, Johnny Mathis, Rick James, the Pointer Sisters, Howard Hewett, Deniece Williams, KC & the Sunshine Band, the Blues Brothers, Joyce Sims with Jimmy Castor and others. I think you’re gonna love this. The fun starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. The 1980s was a very diverse musical decade indeed, and you’ll hear why when you join me for “1980s Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the “Home of the Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Bobby Jay is on vacation this week so we feature an episode from June 2014 featuring music from Rodney Franklin, B.B. King, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Z.Z. Hill, the Isley Brothers, the Jones Girls, Deniece Williams, Skyy, B.T. Express, Ray, Goodman & Brown and many, many more. Enjoy this archived edition of Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay on RadioMaxMusic.
I think you are going to enjoy and love this evening’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” On the playlist; aside from the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, you’ll also hear from: Quincy Jones & James Ingram, the Temptations, Donna Summer, Grandmaster Flash, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Barry White, plus I’ll get downright nostalgic with music from: the Capris, New Edition with Little Anthony Gourdine, Manhattan Transfer, Deniece Williams, Fred Parris & the Five Satins, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Process & the Doo Rags and much more. As you can see, its gonna be a full plate. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” I’ll have a lot of “Soul For Your Bowl,” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
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.
I’m very excited about “Great Soul Performances, The 80’s.” I’m having so much fun getting re-introduced to all the fantastic genres of music from that wonderful decade. I invite you to join me this evening at 10PM when you’ll hear: the O’Jays, Lionel Richie, the Commodores, El DeBarge, Atlantic Starr, Prince, U.S.A. for Africa, Maze, Deniece Williams, New Edition and much more. –Bobby Jay