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.
For her album, Niecy had to make do with the next best thing, Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire fame and together with the assistance of coproducer Charles Stepney and EWF for instrumental backing, came up with this quite beautiful and wonderful album. The production really is exquisite, every element of the band, from brass to percussion, strings to bass, shining brightly in the service of some delectable music. In the summer of 1976 Columbia Records finally release ex-Wonderlove vocalist Deniece Williams debut album. Produced by Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire and Charles Stepney this turned out to be a very stunning debut and was one truly one of the best debuts of 1976. After singing in Stevie Wonder’s background group Wonderlove from 72-74 Niecy finally steps out on her own and showed why she deserved to be a solo act.
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.
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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.
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 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.
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album. Deniece Williams possesses an amazing vocal range and is most comfortable at her highest falsetto. She also sings with an intense emotional range. She lives every song she sings.
|A1||It's Important To Me||4:21|
|A2||That's What Friends Are For||4:27|
|A4||Cause You Love Me Baby||4:08|
|B3||If You Don't Believe||7:54|
- Producer – Charles Stepney, Maurice White
NotesOn the front cover it says "Includes the hit single Free"
Where as this very similar version says on the front cover "Features the hit singles That's What Friends Are For and Free"
Grey cassette with grey paper labels and black print
On the J Inlay:
Original sound recording made by CBS Inc.
CBS Records are the exclusive licensees for the UK.
℗ 1976 CBS Inc.
On the Cassette:
|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|
|CBS 32530||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (LP, Album)||CBS||CBS 32530||UK||1976|
|SRCS 6431||Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy (CD, Album, RE)||Sony Records||SRCS 6431||Japan||1994|