Deniece Williams spent the first half of the '70s establishing herself as a background vocalist for an impressive line of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Minnie Riperton, Roberta Flack, and Esther Phillips. Though she'd continue to do session work throughout her career, she also became accomplished as a solo artist. The songs that would eventually make up her debut, This Is Niecy, were sent to Earth, Wind & Fire. Williams didn't intend to make her own album and thought these songs would be a good fit for Philip Bailey. Instead, she got to record them with most of EW&F, including Maurice White and Charles Stepney as producers, Verdine White on bass, Freddie White on drums, those glorious horns, and several other associates of the group.
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. Born in Gary, Indiana, Williams attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse and an anesthetist, but dropped out after a year and a half.
Free" is a 1976 song by Deniece Williams which was included on her album This Is Niecy. The song was written by Williams, Hank Redd, Nathan Watts and Susaye Greene and produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney. Free" was Williams' breakthrough single as it got to No. 2 on the US Billboard R&B and No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts The single also rose to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart almost 2 years later, for 2 weeks, in May 1977.
This Is Niecy (CD, Album, RE, RM). Big Break Records. CDBBR 0107 most of all, because of the arrangements and the musicians involved (the both White Brothers of Earth, Wind & Fire). But, at the other side, I have to say, it could be an album with a really strong A side ( "Slip Away", "Cause You Love Me Baby", "Free", "If You Don't Believe") and a bit loosy and not-that-good B side (the rest of the songs)
About This Is Niecy. Deniece Williams' debut album; charted Nos. 3 & 33 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively. This Is Niecy Q&A. Record Label Columbia Records. Producers Charles Stepney & Maurice White. Writers Al McKay, Clarence McDonald, Deniece Williams & 9 more. Backing Vocals Deniece Williams, Maurice White & Sidney Barnes.
Deniece Williams lyrics - 132 song lyrics sorted by album, including "Healing", "Let's Hear It For The Boy", "Silly". album: "This Is Niecy" (1976). It's Important To Me That's What Friends Are For How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away Cause You Love Me, Baby Free Watching Over If You Don't Believe. album: "Song Bird" (1977). Time The Boy I Left Behind We Have Love For You God Is Amazing Baby, Baby My Love's All For You Season Be Good To Me The Paper. album: "That's What Friends Are For" (1978) (with Johnny Mathis)
This Is Niecy - Студийный альбом от Deniece Williams. В альбом вошло 35 треков. Продолжительность альбома: 02:40:56. Cause You Love Me, Baby. That's What Friends Are For. 04:26. That's What Friends Are For (single version).
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. 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.
|A1||It's Important To Me||4:21|
|A2||That's What Friends Are For||4:27|
|A3||How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away||3:49|
|A4||Cause You Love Me Baby||4:08|
|B3||If You Don't Believe||7:54|
- Printed By – Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd.
- Produced For – Kalimba Productions
- Licensed To – CBS Records
- Artwork – Norm Ung, Ron Coro
- Backing Vocals – Deniece Williams, Maurice White, Sidney Barnes
- Bass – Verdine White
- Drums – Fred White, Maurice White
- Engineer – George Massenburg
- Engineer [Assistant] – Dean Rod, Steve Hodge
- French Horn – Gale Robinson , Sidney Muldrow
- Guitar – Al McKay
- Percussion – Fred White
- Photography By – Ethan A. Russell*
- Photography By [Assistant] – Jim Shea
- Piano, Electric Piano – Jerry Peters
- Producer – Charles Stepney, Maurice White
- Trombone – George Bohanon, Randy Aldcroft
- Trumpet – Oscar Brashear, Steve Madaio
- Woodwind – Ernie Watts, Plas Johnson, Ray Pizzi, Terry Harrington
NotesGeorge Bohanon, Oscar Brashear, Ernie Watts appear courtesy of Horizon Records.
Sleeve rear carries Kalimba Productions branding logo
©1976 CBS Inc./℗1976 CBS Inc.
℗1976 CBS Inc.
Orginal sound recording made by CBS Inc.
CBS Records are the exclusive licensees for the UK.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Rights Society: MCPS/BIEM
- Label Code: LC 0149
- Other (Distribution code [boxed]): CB 231
- Other (Distribution code [circled]): 53
- Matrix / Runout (Below Category on label both sides): (CBS 81869)
- Matrix / Runout (Label side A): CBS 32530 A
- Matrix / Runout (Label side B): CBS 32530 B
- Matrix / Runout (Runout side A etched): CBS 32530 A1 C⃥B⃥S⃥ ⃥3⃥2⃥0⃥ >
- Matrix / Runout (Runout side B etched): CBS-32530-B1 >
|PC 34242||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (LP, Album)||Columbia||PC 34242||US||1976|
|PC 34242||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (LP, Album, RE)||Columbia||PC 34242||US||2004|
|CK 34242, DIDP 70365||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (CD, Album, RE)||Columbia, Columbia||CK 34242, DIDP 70365||US||1990|
|SRCS 6431||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (CD, Album, RE)||Sony Records||SRCS 6431||Japan||1994|
|25AP 587||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (LP, Album)||CBS/Sony||25AP 587||Japan||1977|