It is with a heavy heart that I blog this morning. You know those artists that make little girls mimic with the comb, brush, etc. in their mirrors? Well Vesta Williams was surely one of those artists for me. So it is with this fond memory that I am sad to report her passing on yesterday (cause of death is still unknown). Mostly known by the mainstream for her 1988 chart toppers, Congratulations and Sweet Sweet Love, Vesta scored 7 Top 20 R&B hits between the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s. However, her adoring fans know that this woman was not only a powerhouse vocalist, but a songwriter, stand up comic, and soul inspiration for many artists to follow (including Lalah Hathaway who covered one of her lesser known gems I’m Coming Back, see link below). She also sang background for some of the best in the business, including the likes of Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight, and Sting (to name a few). For the movie buffs, you may remember her appearance in the Mario Van Peebles directed film Posse as the saloon singer. My TV fans, remember in the 90’s those “Big Mac Scat” McDonald’s commercials with her and Al Jarreau? Or her guest appearances as Jackee Harry character’s best friend, Monica, on Sister, Sister? What are your favorite Vesta moments? Share some of them below.
The premiere of the Vesta Unsung special will air this October on the TV One network. I wish she would have lived to see it air, but pray she is at rest. Do so in peace Ms. Williams, With Love A Sincere Fan.
Until next thought family, Thomasena