Vanessa Lynn Williams, 18 March 1963, Millwood, New Jersey, USA. Williams grew up in a household surrounded by musical influences from Broadway shows, before she attended Syracuse University to major in musical theatre. A mother and actress as well as singer, she has come a long way since becoming embroiled in a minor scandal over her appearance in Penthouse magazine (after becoming the first black woman to win the Miss America pageant). Four years later Williams began to pursue a recording contract, and found a sympathetic ear in Ed Eckstine at Wing Records (a Mercury Records subsidiary). Her husband, Ramon Hervey, took over her management. Williams talents have nevertheless been inadequately displayed on her albums. Her musical career began in 1989 with The Right Stuff, which provided a US number 8 single in Dreamin, a song recognized by ASCAP as one of the most frequently played singles of 1989 (it also contained the minor hit...
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