One of the greatest R&B and soul singers of her time.
David O'Donnell 2008
Deniece William's debut album entitled This Is Niecy showcased the singer's remarkable vocal talents, justifying her transition from background singer to foreground starlet.
June Deniece Chandler was born in Gary, Indiana in the summer of 1950, but her career as a vocalist began to build pace in the early 1970s when she started performing as a backing singer with Stevie Wonder and Minnie Riperton. Over the next few years, Williams would continue to refine her vocal skills with other superstars including Roberta Flack and Esther Philips.
Then, in 1975 Williams teamed up with Maurice White and Charles Stepney of Earth Wind and Fire fame to make her first solo album. Using tracks that had been sent to Earth Wind and Fire and featuring a number of the musicians from the group along side her, Deniece sculpted an album that featured chart-topping singles Free, Cause You Love Me Baby and That's What Friends Are For, as well as a number of solid album cuts. But what really shines from the album is Williams' distinctive soprano voice, range and acrobatic vocal ability which confirms her as one of the greatest R&B and soul singers of her time.