here’s a brief bio courtesy of Wikipedia.comJune Deniece Chandler (born June 3, 1950) known by her stage name Deniece Williams is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. Williams, whose music has been influenced by Soul and Funk, is known for her hits such as “Free“, “Silly“, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy“, “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle“, and for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis.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. ”You have to be a good student to be in college, and I wasn’t.” She also performed on the side during that time (“I got a part-time job singing at a club, Casino Royal, and I liked it. It was a lot of fun.”) During those years Williams worked also in a telephone company and as a ward clerk in the Chicago Mercy Hospital. As Denise Chandler, She recorded for The Toddlin’ Town group of labels and one of those early records, “I’m Walking Away”, released on Toddlin’ Town’s Lock Records subsidiary in the late 1960s, is a favorite on England’s Northern Soul scene.
In the 1970s, she became a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder as part of “Wonderlove”.