Alyson Williams

Alyson Williams (born May 11, 1962 in New York City, New York) is an R&B singer who had a string of hit singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


The daughter of bandleader / trumpeter Bobby Booker, Williams began her career by singing background vocals for various artists including, Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore ("Love's Coming At Ya"), B. B. & Q. Band, Cashflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown and Barbara Mitchell before joining the group High Fashion, which also featured Meli'sa Morgan. After they disbanded, Williams sang with the group The Affair before moving onto a solo career.

Her first single, "Yes We Can Can", was first released on Profile Records in 1986; a release on the Def Jam label followed in 1987. At the label, she established herself as an in demand vocalist, duetting with many of her label mates including Chuck Stanley ("Make You Mine Tonight") and Oran "Juice" Jones ("How To Love Again").

Williams' first album release and the first R&B female singer signed to Def Jam, she released the album Raw in 1989. The album produced the singles "My Love is So Raw", featuring female rapper Nikki D,and "Sleep Talk". In addition, the single "Just Call My Name" was a hit on the Billboard R&B charts reaching number four. The song, picked up by many "Quiet storm" formats, is now considered a cult classic and is still played. The album included a duet with the Blue Magic vocalist Ted Mills on "We're Gonna Make It". Her single "I Need Your Lovin'" was also a number eight success in the UK Singles Chart, as well as another R&B hit for her.

Williams also recorded with Tashan on the track "Do You Wanna Know", taken from his On The Horizon outing. She additionally toured with him in the United Kingdom. In 1991, Williams recorded "She's Not Your Fool" for the soundtrack to the movie Livin' Large. The track was included on her 1991 self-titled album.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions[1] Record label
1989 Raw 25 29 Def Jam
1992 Alyson Williams 31 Columbia
2004 It's About Time Three Keys Music
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Single Chart Positions[3]
1986 "Yes We Can Can"
1987 "Make You Mine Tonight" (with Chuck Stanley) 66
1989 "Sleep Talk" 3 3 17
"My Love Is So Raw" (featuring Nikki D) 12 28 34
"Just Call My Name" 4
"I Second That Emotion" 44
1990 "I Need Your Lovin'" 5 8
"Not on the Outside" 35
1992 "Can't Have My Man" 7
"Just My Luck" 6
"Everybody Knew But Me" 63
"—" denotes the single failed to chart


External links

  • AllMusic
  • Alyson Williams] on Billboard
  • Alyson Williams on Soul Tracks
  • Alyson Williams on Soul Walking

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