Like beauty queen and former Miss America turned actress Linda Day George, Vanessa Williams has gone far beyond her days on the stage in a beauty pageant.

The multiple award winning performer and former Miss America returned to western New York, where she has family,for a two night engagement in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

Backed by a full band – one she has had for 22 years – and two backup singers, Williams wowed the nearly packed house of fans with music from her career. Between songs Williams would often stop to talk about the songs and where they cane from. With chart topping singles on several different Billboard charts, film, television, and Broadway; Williams had much to offer. And she threw in a couple of holiday tunes to celebrate the season.

A true artist and star, Williams has not forgotten the lessons taught by her music teacher parents and happily shared the stage with the members of her band and even featured each one of them on one of the songs.

After getting the show started on a high note with “Work to Do”, the night of music continued with “The Right Stuff” and “Running Back”, “Dreamin’”, “Love Is”, the original version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with keyboard player Leo, “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”, “Sweetest Days”, “Children Will Listen”, “Ho Were You Thinkin’ About”, “Everlasting Love”, “Constantly”, a little “Creole Love Call” from Carmen, “Stormy Weather”, a duet with Shelley on “Losing My Mind”, “What Child is This”, “Oh, How the Years”, and saying she couldn’t leave without doing it “Save the Best for Last”.

The night ended with an encore performance of “Betcha Never”, an upbeat tune that had Williams dancing around the stage.

The crowd filed out after the show but would have rather stayed for more.

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