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Deniece Williams, born June Deniece Chandler, is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Gary, IN. Williams began singing in church as a child. She began her professional singing career as a backup singer for Stevie Wonder. She appeared on the albums “Talking Book”, “Fulfillingness, First, Finale” and “Songs In The Key Of Life.” She also appeared on the Syreeta Wright album “Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta”, Minnie Riperton’s “Perfect Angel” and Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Making Love.” In 1975, she left Stevie Wonder to sign a deal with Columbia Records and Kalimba Productions, the production company owned by Earth, Wind & Fire leader Maurice White and arranger/producer Charles Stepney. The duo produced Williams’ debut album “This Is Niecy.” The album’s first single, “Free”, reached nos 1, 2 and 25 on the UK Singles, Billboard Hot R&B Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. A second single, “That’s What Friends Are For”, rose to No. 8 on the UK Singles chart. A few months after the release of “This Is Niecy”, Charles Stepney died. Maurice White went on to produce Williams’ sophomore effort, “Song Bird.” The album’s first single, “Baby Baby, My Love’s All For You”, rose to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and No 32 on the UK Singles chart. She released the albums “This Is Niecy” (1976), “Song Bird” (1977), “That’s What Friends Are For” (with Johnny Mathis) (1978), “When Love Comes Calling” (1979), “My Melody” (1981), “Niecy” (1982), “I’m So Proud” (1983), “Let’s Here It For The Boy” (1984), “Water Under The Bridge” (1987), “As Good As It Gets” (1988), “Special Love” (1989), “Lullabies To Dreamland” (1991), “Love Solves It All” (1996), “This Is My Song” (1998) and “Love, Niecy Style” (2007). Today, Williams has become a gospel artist, having released several albums to date.