Friday, September 23, 2011

Songstress Vesta Williams dies

 

Beautiful and talented soul songstress Vesta Williams, whose powerful voice graced such major R&B hits as "One Bitten, Twice Shy" and her signature song, "Congratulations," has reportedly died in her Los Angeles hotel room at the tragically young age of 48. No further details were available at this time.
A powerful singer and underrated songwriter, Vesta Williams released a number of quality singles and albums during the late 80s and early 90s, and was been one of the most sought-after session vocalists for over two decades.
Born in Coshocton, Ohio, Vesta moved to California as a child and performed in a family act with her sisters in the Los Angeles area. After high school she moved back to Ohio and joined the group Wild Honey, formed by Ron Townsend of the 5th Dimension (who was Williams' cousin). Williams' big voice and impressive tone were similar to Chaka Khan, and she was soon developing a solid career as a jingle singer as well as a backing vocalist for singers ranging from Gladys Knight to Sting to Anita Baker. Ironically, by the 1980s she was touring with Khan as a backup singer. READ MORE ABOUT VESTA...


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