Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin Town label. After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to four of his albums before leaving Wonder to pursue a solo career. Produced by Maurice White of Earth, Wind And Fire, her first album included the UK hits Thats What Friends Are For and the number 1 Free which was revived in 1990 by British group BEF for their Music Of Quality & Distinction Vol. II album of cover versions. In 1978, Williams joined Johnny Mathis for the immensely popular ballad Too Much, Too Little, Too Late This was followed by an album of duets by the couple, Thats What Friends Are For. Returning to a solo career, Williams moved...
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