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• Deniece Williams was one of the most popular soul artists of the seventies and eighties. BLACK BUTTERFLY – THE ESSENTIAL NIECY is her first ever 2CD complete career retrospective, featuring all 27 of her Billboard R&B hit singles and classic album tracks. As well as an interview with the lady herself, the album includes a foreword written by her occasional duet partner, the legendary Johnny Mathis.

• Deniece was born in Gary, Indiana and after releasing some singles on Chicago labels, became Stevie Wonder’s backing singer and a member of Wonderlove. After a performance in 1976, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White offered her a contract as a songwriter for Kalimba Productions and convinced her to re-launch her own recording career.

• Her Columbia debut album, THIS IS NIECY was produced by White and Charles Stepney. Its first single was a huge success. ‘Free’ penned by Williams and Susaye Greene reached #2 R&B, #25 Pop and topped the UK singles chart in 1977. ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ followed it into the UK top ten at #8. Her next album SONG BIRD was produced by White, after the death of Stepney. It spun off the hit ‘Baby, Baby My Love’s All For You’ (R&B #13/UK #32) and the gospel-toned ‘God Is Amazing’ which began Williams’ continuing career as an Inspirational artist.

• 1978 saw Deniece pair up with Johnny Mathis for the massive international hit ‘Too Much, Too Little, Too Late’ (R&B #1/Pop #1/UK #3) as well as a duet album with him. The following year brought her a #1 Disco hit with ‘I’ve Got the Next Dance’ (R&B #26/Pop #73), and she scored hits in the early eighties with ‘What Two Can Do’ (R&B #17), ‘Silly’ (R&B #11/Pop #53) and ‘It’s Gonna Take A Miracle’ (R&B #1/Pop #10), all produced by Thom Bell and Deniece, as well as the George Duke produced ‘Do What You Feel’ (R&B #9). Her duet with Mathis on ‘Without Us’ became the theme of popular sitcom “Family Ties” starring Michael J. Fox.

• Williams was asked to perform a song for the “Footloose” soundtrack in 1984. The movie starring Kevin Bacon became a box-office smash, as did the soundtrack album. The Duke-produced ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’ (R&B #1/Pop #1/UK #2) became the biggest pop hit of her career. She continued recording for Columbia until 1988, rounding out the decade with another couple of big hits; the Steve Levine produced ‘Never Say Never’ (R&B #6) and ‘I Can’t Wait’ (R&B #8/Pop #66) which saw her back with George Duke.

• Big Break Records proudly presents BLACK BUTTERFLY – THE ESSENTIAL NIECY, which includes all of her chart hit singles from 1976-1989. Newly remastered with rare single mixes and presented in a deluxe digipak complete with a 24-page booklet and detailed liner notes. This collection is a must for all Soul, Pop, Gospel and Disco fans everywhere!

DISC ONE
1. FREE
2. BABY BABY MY LOVE’S ALL FOR YOU (SINGLE VERSION)
3. WHAT TWO CAN DO
4. I FOUND LOVE
5. IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE
6. TOO MUCH, TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE (DUET with JOHNNY MATHIS)
7. WAITING BY THE HOTLINE
8. IT’S YOUR CONSCIENCE (SINGLE VERSION)
9. WAITING (SINGLE VERSION)
10. SILLY
11. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE
12. GOD IS AMAZING
13. YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY (DUET with JOHNNY MATHIS)
14. THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
15. THE BOY I LEFT BEHIND
16. I’VE GOT THE NEXT DANCE (12” VERSION)
17. 'CAUSE YOU LOVE ME BABY
18. WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING

DISC TWO
1. LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY (12” VERSION)
2. DO WHAT YOU FEEL (SINGLE VERSION)
3. WITHOUT US - THEME FROM “FAMILY TIES” (DUET with JOHNNY MATHIS)
4. I CAN’T WAIT (SINGLE VERSION)
5. I’M SO PROUD
6. BLACK BUTTERFLY
7. NEXT LOVE
8. NEVER SAY NEVER (12” VERSION)
9. WISER AND WEAKER
10. I CONFESS (SINGLE VERSION)
11. ALL I NEED
12. HEALING
13. EVERY MOMENT (SINGLE REMIX)
14. THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS
15. YOU’RE ALL THAT MATTERS
16. LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT (DUET with JOHNNY MATHIS)
17. WHY CAN’T WE FALL IN LOVE

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