Vanessa Williams Live Concert – Let Freedom Ring Presented by Brilliant Lectures
Vanessa Williams performed at The Corinthian Friday night, April 13, in downtown Houston. The Emmy and Grammy Award Winning star is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. The singer, dancer, actress, fashion designer, author and most notably; the first African American Miss America (1984), charmed the crowd with her infamous smile and signature voice.
With no signs of slowing down, she opened the show with her popular hit “The Comfort Zone,” followed by top hits like— “The Right Stuff”, “Love is”, “Dreamin” and “Colors of the Wind”. One of the highlights of the evening was when she performed the song, “Stormy Weather” as a tribute to her idol Lena Horne. Williams also sung a few Broadway hits including one with her backup singer and introduced each band member where they showcased their talents…all while helping her to rock out the night.
Vanessa Williams performed at The Corinthian Friday—April 13, 2018. Photo credit: Michael Hannah
Notably absent from the program was the tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as mentioned in the promotions. Williams briefly mentioned Dr. King after her first number though the show did not highlight the civil rights leader entirely. However, the 55 year old mother of four—kept the crowd entertained and closed out the show speaking of her children; Devin who turned 25, the following day and her youngest daughter Sasha, by ex husband and former NBA player Rick Fox turns 18, in two weeks. Eldest daughters; Melanie is 30, and Julian, 28, was gearing up for her Coachella performance as a member of the group—Lion Babe. Of course, no Vanessa Williams concert would be the same without hearing her most popular songs like, “Oh How the Years Go By” and “Save the Best for Last”. But, wait! There was more…Vanessa ended the show with a song and dance number that brought the crowd to their feet and motioned concert goers to move closer to the front of the stage. She really did ‘Save the Best for Last‘ for her fans in Houston.
Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold million of records worldwide, Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel, and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations (of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney film Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. A strong advocate for equal rights, Vanessa was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
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