About Mary Vesta Williams
Mary Vesta Williams (December 1, 1957 – September 22, 2011) was an American R&B singer. Originally credited as Vesta Williams, she was sometimes simply billed as Vesta from the 1990s onwards. Although Williams never had any albums certified gold nor any Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she scored six Top 10 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Williams was known for the hits, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Sweet Sweet Love", "Congratulations" and "Special".
Early life and career
Born in Coshocton, Ohio, United States, the daughter of a disc jockey, Williams became interested in singing while in high school. Her family moved from Ohio to Los Angeles in the 1960s. Williams and her sisters once appeared on the television show Jack and Jill as The Williams Sisters. She returned to Ohio in 1977, and sang in the girl group Wild Honey (with bandmate Freddi Poole), but soon decided to go back to Los Angeles to launch a solo career. Former Fifth Dimension member Ron Townson put Williams in his band Wild Honey. After that stint, she found work as a session musician, working with artists such as Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Stephanie Mills, and Gordon Lightfoot. Williams sang on the original version of Joe Sample's "The Survivor", and met producer David Crawford while working with his group Klique. After doing much session work, she secured a recording contract with A&M Records which released her debut album Vesta in 1986. The album became a modest seller on the R&B Albums Chart and it featured her first Top 10 R&B hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", which also became her only UK hit.
EURweb is reporting that R&B chanteuse Vesta Williams was found dead in a Los Angeles-area hotel room.
An Ohio native, Williams moved with her family as a child to Los Angeles, CA where she appeared on television as part of the singing group, "The Williams Sister." As an adult, she moved back to Ohio, joining the group "Wild Honey," led by her cousin, the late Ron Townson of legendary R&B group "The 5th Dimension." After her time with "Wild Honey,” Williams began singing jingles for television commercials for companies like McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Honda. She also worked as a background singer for Chaka Khan and legendary crooner Luther Vandross before making a comeback in the recording industry as a solo artist.
She is survived by an adult daughter.