With one of the biggest, brassiest voices in R&B and contemporary jazz, along with a four-octave range, Vesta Williams charged through the 80s from an A-list backup singer to a hit-making diva. But Vesta’s surging stardom overwhelmed her. Efforts to comfort herself with drugs and food made matters worse. When her weight ballooned, she was dropped by major labels. But Vesta vowed to clean up her act. As she completed the definitive profile of her life for Unsung, Vesta Williams was back in high spirits, optimistic that this filmed portrait would help re-ignite her career. Then on September 22, 2011, she suddenly died in her sleep, at age 53.
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