Monday, July 6, 2009

Vesta Williams


Vesta Williams (born Mary Vesta Williams on December 1, 1957 in Coshocton, Ohio) was an R&B singer from the '80s and '90s.

In her early years, she performed as a comedian and singer. Ron Townsend (a former member of R&B group, Fifth Dimension) put Vesta in his band, Wild Honey. Vesta became a studio singer for artists such as Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Stephanie Mills and Gordon Lightfoot.
In 1986, she released her self-titled debut album on A&M Records. The album peaked at #43 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Her first single "Once Bitten Twice Shy" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #9 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The song also peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Vesta's second single "Something About You" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #42 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #46 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The third single from the album "Don't Blow A Good Thang" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart, and #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. The song also peaked at #89 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album "You Make Me Wanna (Love Again)" peaked at #90 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
Vesta was featured on the "Soul Man" movie soundtrack with the song "Suddenly It's Magic" which managed to peak at #88 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1988, Vesta released her sophomore album "Vesta 4 U" peaked at #131 on the Billboard 200 chart and #26 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Sweet Sweet Love" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
 
The second single, "4 U" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The third single and Vesta's biggest hit to date, "Congratulations" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 26 weeks.
The last single from the album, "How You Feel" peaked at #70 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. By the 90s, Vesta only went by her first name.
In 1991, Vesta released her third album, "Special" which peaked at #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Do Ya" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1993, Vesta released her fourth album, "Everything-N-More" which peaked at #65 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album was unsuccessful and the only single to chart was, "Always" which peaked at #44 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. Soon after, Vesta left A&M Records.
In 1998, Vesta released her fifth album, "Relationships" on Polygram Records. The album charted at #55 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #26 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

A music video was made for the song, "Somebody For Me," but it's unknown how it charted. After that, she continued doing session work for artists such as George Duke, Howard Hewitt and Phil Perry.
In 2007, she released her sixth album, "Distant Lover" on Shanachie Records which consisted of cover songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye and Sade.

Sadly on September 22, 2011, Vesta was found deceased in a hotel room in El Segundo, California from hypertensive heart disease at the age of 53.

To see Vesta's official website, go to:
http://www.vestawilliams.com/

To see the music video for "Once Bitten Twice Shy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhhMLHJZVHc

To see the music video for "Something About You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL0pWiJViZs

To see the music video for "Don't Blow a Good Thing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrVJ_BeC9s

To see a fan-made video for "You Make Me Want to (Love Again)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJRGzh0bXv4

To see a fan-made video for "Suddenly It's Magic," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33HKrh4LX7Q

To see the music video for "Sweet Sweet Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoNXbU4jgMY

To see a fan-made video for "4 U," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BXWcDkEnw0

To see the music video for "Congratulations," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjheBSB-7_A

To see the music video for "How You Feel," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_DUWeZ6ZzQ

To see the music video for "Special," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KPImmytHDE

To see the music video for "Do Ya," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gk__5Ud0EY

To see a fan-made video for "Always," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWo3uhTZ_RI

To see the music video for "Somebody For Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHrR33lfGf8



[updated on 05\30\13]

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