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Deniece Williams: Joining Sheila E at Lehman Center

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, NY., and Goya Foods will present Legendary Soul, Pop and R&B Acts headlined by R&B singers Deniece Williams, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Pop/Soul artist Sheila E on Saturday, October 13th at 8 pm.  The artists will grace the stage at the newly renovated theater that has renovated everything including the acoustics.  So the show should be a night to remember.

Deniece who is known for her four-octave range and distinctive soprano voice talked about her still-in-the-works upcoming new CD that she is tentatively calling ‘Gemini.’

“I never planned to be a singer.  Initially I followed the nursing tradition of my family. But God had other plans for me. I had a cousin who lived in Detroit. His name was John. He used to visit us in Indiana the summer and he would brag he knew Stevie Wonder.  I said, “Sure John, everyone in Detroit knows Stevie Wonder!” ” I doubted him but one day he called me and asked what I was doing and I told him I wasn’t doing well in school. My cousin said he wanted to introduce me to Stevie. And I told him “… you need to stop lying, John.” But he actually introduced me to Stevie Wonder and I ended up auditioning for Stevie. It was one of the most musical times in my career. There was no way that you could be around Mr Wonder and not be part of his creativity. He would get inspired, write a new song, get on stage and we would have to keep up with him doing the background harmonies.” Both Deniece and her mother were excited when Williams was asked if she wanted to do a duet with Johnny Mathis.  “Johnny turned out to be such a wonderful, humble and sweet man.  I really enjoyed recording “Without Us” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” together.

Williams has hits to her credit. Her debut album “This is Niecy” went platinum, and spawned the single “Free” which reached No. 2 on the Black Singles Chart and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It went No. 1 on the British Singles chart. Her other hit songs include”Silly” and the #1 R&B chart-topper ”It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” “Never Say Never,” “I Can’t Wait, “I’m So Proud,” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” which went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured in the film Footloose.” Her other gospel songs include “This Is My Song.” “God is Amazing, “Healing,” and “We Sing Praises.”

A 6:30 pm VIP reception is planned for audience members who purchase VIP tickets.  They are treated to wine and hors d’oeuvres and the best seats in the house. For tickets call the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 and/or go on line at www.lehmancenter.org.

About the Author

Journalist and radio host, Deardra Shuler, has a background in publishing, theatre, concert promotion, producing and was the former PR chairman of FESPACO, an African film festival in Burkino Faso. She reviews books, plays, theater and movies. Her short story was published by Penquin Books in Aurielle Ford's book "Mystical Souvenirs." Deardra has her own blog under Writblog and writes for several African American publications in New York. She has a column and radio show in Sweden entitled Music Pastures. Her show Topically Yours is on the Blakeradio Network, Rainbow Soul. She also produces and facilitates other radio programs that she has brought to the BlakeRadio network.

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