Vanessa

With a formidable list of accompaniment vocal credits on her rÉsumÉ, including such gospel royalty as Yolanda Adams and the Canton Spirituals, Williams (not to be confused with the pop/R

With a formidable list of accompaniment vocal credits on her résumé, including such gospel royalty as Yolanda Adams and the Canton Spirituals, Williams (not to be confused with the pop/R&B singer of the same name) is hardly a newcomer to gospel music. On this, her solo debut, Williams' soulful, emotive voice lends a commanding presence to a colorful array of material, ranging from funk ("One More Praise") and lavish balladry ("Bow Down") to smooth R&B ("Hiding Place") and pop ("Think Again"). An all-star production crew—featuring Steven Ford, Fred Hammond, and Kevin Bond, among others—ensures that the sound is kept tight and right. After nearly a decade in the background, Williams deftly steps front-and-center and sings her own song here.—GE