Vesta Biography

Vesta Williams, Coshocton, Ohio, USA. R&B singer-songwriter Williams grew up in California, where her father was a DJ at KGFJ-Los Angeles. She is best known for her late 80s hits ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ (1986) and ‘Congratulations’ (1989). The latter song peaked at number 5 on Billboard’s R&B chart, although she has struggled to establish herself since those breakthrough hits. Her subsequent records, like 1993’s disappointing Everything-N-More, failed to distinguish her from the pack, and it was no surprise when A&M Records dropped her from their roster. She moved to MCA Records but no recordings emerged during her two-year stay there. Instead she kept busy by touring with comedian Bernie Mack, appeared in a McDonald’s commercial with Al Jarreau and guested on albums by George Duke and Eric Marienthal. She was also the featured vocalist on the theme to television’s popular Malcolm & Eddie show. More significantly, she toured before jazz audiences alongside Warner Brothers Records act Fourplay. Vesta then set about resurrecting her career by hiring a new manager and securing a berth at PolyGram Records’ new label, i.e. music (run by Fourplay guitarist Lee Ritenour). Her debut for the label, Relationships, featured 10 original compositions (all co-written by Vesta) and a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘You And I’. Guests on the album included Sonny Emory of Earth, Wind And Fire, Harvey Mason of Fourplay and Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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