The Original Songbird
Kenny B | New york,NY | 09/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Deneice Williams is the Original songbird along with Minnie Ripperton this a Good album/cd from a great underated artist.The single free stands the test of time, standout cuts are free/if you Dont believe and /that's what friends are for. Niecy started out as a background singer for Stevie Wonder Today Niecy covers R@blues as well gospel, Deniece has several grammy Awards from the gospel world.Also pick up My melody great album/cd for the single silly. Deneice Williams new album/Cd is Love,Niecy Style
One of the 70's Best!
Lauren Daniels | Charlotte, NC USA | 10/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot give this cd anything less than 5 stars!I loved this album when I bought it years ago and I still love it! I love the innocence of Deniece's voice and the passion she displays in every note. I can honestly say that this is not the case 31 years later. The hit "Free" was an instant smash and no one else can handle her songs. Will Downing did a remarkable job when he covered"Free". What can one say? Just an awesome singer and an unforgettable time in history for rhythm and blues also known as "Soul".
barry | Boston, MA United States | 10/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deniece Williams possesses a very special gift. In the 70s she was doing studio work as a backup singer for many top singers at that time. She was satisfied to be a part of making music. But then these songs came her way. She cowrote them with Earth, Wind and Fire and it was suggested that she record them. She wasn't looking to record solo but thought it would be a fun project. To listen to just the first seconds of this amazing release shows that God does indeed bless certain people with voices of an angel. 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. The top numbers here are of course the huge hit FREE where she liltingly caresses each note and makes the song a r@b ballad of emotional beauty. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE is also an amazing ballad. The jammin IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME and CAUSE YOU LOVE ME BABY are also standouts.
Deniece would go on to record for decades. She has sung pop, adult contempory, funk, r@b and is at her emotional best with spiritual and gospel. Many know her mostly for her 80s hit LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY but there is so much more to this brilliant woman. This debut release is the shining moment of a true vocal queen. She possesses a true gift and this cd is a must for any Deniece Williams fan or needed for any true music library. The cd is remastered beautifully and there are in-depth liner notes by Deniece Williams herself. I can't recommend this cd enough. You will be in heaven with every listen."