Deniece Williams

Singer-songwriter who recorded the soul classic "Free" in 1976, as well as hits like "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" and "Let's Hear it for The Boy." She first wanted to be an anesthetist, but dropped out of college due to her poor grades. She went on to sing at Casino Royal, as well as work as a ward clerk at a Chicago hospital. She is a multi-Grammy Award-winning singer, winning Best Female Soul Gospel Performance in 1987 for "I Surrender All." She married Brad Westering and after their divorce she married Christopher Joy. She has four sons named Logan, Kendrick, Forrest and Kevin. She often sang duets with Johnny Mathis. [+]