(Kingston, Jamaica) With just under a week to go before the 2012 staging of Shaggy & Friends on January 7th, Grammy Award Winning Gospel Vocalist Deniece Williams is one of several international acts billed to perform on the Lawns Of Jamaica House.
Born June Deniece Chandler, Williams began making her mark in music during the 1970’s when she became a backup vocalist for legendary musician Stevie Wonder. In 1975 she signed to Columbia Records and one year later released her debut album entitled “This Is Niecy” which featured the chart topping hit single “Free“. Her next hit “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” which went #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart came in the form of a duet alongside pop sensation Johnny Mathis.
To date Williams who started off as a secular R&B singer and later made the transition into gospel has released a total of 13 studio albums and has received 4 Grammy awards between 1983 and 1999.
Her illustrious catalog of hits include “So Glad I Know“, “I Surrender All“, “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “We Sing Praises“. Joining Williams on the 2012 line up will be Lauryn Hill, Eve, Gyptian, Maxi Priest, Cocoa Tea, Assassin, I Octane, Half Pint, Mr Vegas, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Romain Virgo and the diamond selling reggae superstar himself Shaggy.
Shaggy & Friends 2012 is sponsored by Scotiabank, LIME, The Wisynco Group, Wray and Nephew, Digicel, KFC, Stewarts Auto, Flow, Caribbean Airlines/ Air Jamaica, Best Dressed Chicken, Sun Island, Atlas Protection, Tent City, Palace Amusement, New Era Fencing, Phoenix Printery, I Print, Get Caught Media, Jacqui Tyson…From Thought to Finish, Ranch Entertainment, Panache Entertainment Jamaica, Starlight production, Lorraine fong, Tru Tone, John Swaby, MC Décor, The Jamaica Observer, Irie fm, Mega Jamz, Pan Caribbean, Hype TV, The Gleaner Company, Phase 3 and CVM TV.
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