If her first plan had worked out, Deniece Williams would have become a registered nurse. She dropped out of college after a year and a half and started performing. She soon attracted the attention of record companies and in the early 1970s found herself doing backup vocals for artists like Stevie Wonder, Minnie Riperton and Roberta Flack.
Her debut album, “This Is Niecy,” came out in 1976 and reached #3 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart. Her third album, the 1978 “That’s What Friends Are For,” was a duet album with Johnny Mathis. A single from that project, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” charted on both Soul and Adult Contemporary radio.
The title song from her eighth album, the 1984 “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” landed on the soundtrack for the movie “Footloose.” It was a #1 song on multiple formats and in multiple countries. Deniece followed up that album with her first fully Christian release, “So Glad I Know,” in 1986. Up until then she had included an inspirational song on almost each of her mainstream albums.
Deniece has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards in multiple categories. She has won four, all for her Christian recordings.
Here’s a fan-generated video of “So Glad I Know.”
And here’s the official video for Deniece’s biggest hit, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.”
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