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Cedrick ‘Swab’ Cotton of 90s Group Ideal Stabbed to Death in Houston

Cedrick "Swab" Cotton, a former member of the popular 90s R&B group Ideal, was stabbed to death in broad daylight Tuesday (February 9) at a Food Mart in Southwest Houston. He was 46.Cotton's mother, Delores Floyd, said her son was a frequent customer at the Fondren Food Mart.

Family of Late R&B Singer/Songwriter Vesta Williams Speak

Radio Facts: Originally posted September 29, 2011 – "As an entertainer, performing artist and singer - "V" (Vesta Williams) was the total package." - Manager, Iris Perkins"

On Thursday September 22, singer/songwriter Vesta Williams (53) was found dead in her El Segundo, California hotel room. Best known for her 1988 classic "Congratulations" (#1 RB in Radio Records #5 Billboard), Williams was staying in the hotel as she prepared to move.into a new home that weekend.

In a statement prepared by Williams' family, they express:

"After many years of sharing her God-given gifts and talents with the world, we have lost our beloved daughter, sister and mother, Vesta. Due to the uncertainty of her passing, we are awaiting toxicology and autopsy results to shed light on what may have caused her death. We take extreme comfort in the cherished times that we shared with Vesta over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy and happiness to so many people around the world. Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this difficult time. Although she is gone, her music lives on. Vesta will never be forgotten."

Born Mary Vesta Williams on December 1, 1957, in Coshocton, Ohio, she was the firstborn child to Hugh Williams and his wife Joan. In the mid 60's Mr. Williams a disc Radio DJey/ broadcaster went on to become the first African American to anchor TV news in Los Angeles. In the `70s, Vesta put her powerful 4-octave vocal range to work first as a member of the show group Wild Honey led by Ron Townson of The 5th Dimension followed by tours with Bobby Womack, the Commodores, and Chaka Khan and session singing that stretched from Anita Baker to Gordon Lightfoot, Julio Iglesias, and Sting.

A chance meeting with executive John McClain evolved into Vesta signing with AM Records. Williams bowed in 1986 with the album Vesta and single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." Her second album, Vesta 4 U (1988) yielded her signature, "Congratulations," co-penned by Vesta, Gary Prim and Tena Clark. Additionally, it was Vesta's concerts "“ which showcased her comedic instincts, celebrity impressions and defiantly flirty nature for a "big girl that won over fans. More hits followed such as "Sweet, Sweet Love," "Special," (#2 R&B in Billboard) and "Always," but Vesta's gifts were taking her places.

One was the big screen where she played saloon singer "Vera" in the 1993 western "Posse." On the television sitcom "Sister Sister," she played "Monica." Her voice enlivened commercial jingles such as Diet Coke, Baskin-Robbins, and Nike and the most memorably with jazz vocal icon Al Jarreau singing "The Big Mac Scat" for McDonalds. Vesta also took a six-figure job as a member of a radio morning show team at KRNB-FM 105.7 in Dallas..

A slim, trim and positive Vesta returned in 1998 on guitarist Lee Ritenour's i.e. music imprint with the concept album Relationships. Vesta co-composed 10 of the 11 songs plus sang "You and I" by one of her greatest musical influences, Stevie Wonder. In smooth jazz, Vesta toured with Fourplay and graced recordings with Will Downing, Najee, and Norman Brown.. In straight-ahead jazz, Vesta recorded with Christian McBride.

Inspirational at heart, Vesta flexed her gospel roots in concert with the great Bobby Jones and also recorded the touching "Bless This Child" for the Christmas CD, Mother Child reuniting her with Tena Clark.

Vesta's last CD was 2007's Distant Lover for Shanachie singing soul classics. She also recorded an as-yet-unreleased CD for Stimuli titled Seven. In between, Vesta remained on the road. Iris Perkins, Vesta's friend and longtime manager reminisces, "Even without a record deal, we were able to keep Vesta's concert calendar booked solid. "˜V' was the total package."

TV One's "Unsung" is devoting an episode to Vesta, she was in the midst of completing her interviews at the time of her sudden death, the show will air in the fall.

Gifted, funny, sexy, generous, ever-so-real and oh-so-underrated, Vesta will be deeply missed.

Vesta Williams is survived by her daughter - Tandia White, her mother - Joan W. Tate, her sisters - Margaret Wilson, Martaé Collins and Marlena Robinson, and her grandchildren - Taya McNeil, Alexia McNeil, and Brendon White.

Funeral services are as follows:

West Angeles Church of God and Christ

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

11:00AM

3045 Crenshaw Blvd. (North Campus)

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Family of Late R&B Singer/Songwriter Vesta Williams Speak

Radio Facts: Originally posted September 29, 2011 – "As an entertainer, performing artist and singer - "V" (Vesta Williams) was the total package." - Manager, Iris Perkins"

On Thursday September 22, singer/songwriter Vesta Williams (53) was found dead in her El Segundo, California hotel room. Best known for her 1988 classic "Congratulations" (#1 RB in Radio Records #5 Billboard), Williams was staying in the hotel as she prepared to move.into a new home that weekend.

In a statement prepared by Williams' family, they express:

"After many years of sharing her God-given gifts and talents with the world, we have lost our beloved daughter, sister and mother, Vesta. Due to the uncertainty of her passing, we are awaiting toxicology and autopsy results to shed light on what may have caused her death. We take extreme comfort in the cherished times that we shared with Vesta over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy and happiness to so many people around the world. Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this difficult time. Although she is gone, her music lives on. Vesta will never be forgotten."

Born Mary Vesta Williams on December 1, 1957, in Coshocton, Ohio, she was the firstborn child to Hugh Williams and his wife Joan. In the mid 60's Mr. Williams a disc Radio DJey/ broadcaster went on to become the first African American to anchor TV news in Los Angeles. In the `70s, Vesta put her powerful 4-octave vocal range to work first as a member of the show group Wild Honey led by Ron Townson of The 5th Dimension followed by tours with Bobby Womack, the Commodores, and Chaka Khan and session singing that stretched from Anita Baker to Gordon Lightfoot, Julio Iglesias, and Sting.

A chance meeting with executive John McClain evolved into Vesta signing with AM Records. Williams bowed in 1986 with the album Vesta and single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." Her second album, Vesta 4 U (1988) yielded her signature, "Congratulations," co-penned by Vesta, Gary Prim and Tena Clark. Additionally, it was Vesta's concerts "“ which showcased her comedic instincts, celebrity impressions and defiantly flirty nature for a "big girl that won over fans. More hits followed such as "Sweet, Sweet Love," "Special," (#2 R&B in Billboard) and "Always," but Vesta's gifts were taking her places.

One was the big screen where she played saloon singer "Vera" in the 1993 western "Posse." On the television sitcom "Sister Sister," she played "Monica." Her voice enlivened commercial jingles such as Diet Coke, Baskin-Robbins, and Nike and the most memorably with jazz vocal icon Al Jarreau singing "The Big Mac Scat" for McDonalds. Vesta also took a six-figure job as a member of a radio morning show team at KRNB-FM 105.7 in Dallas..

A slim, trim and positive Vesta returned in 1998 on guitarist Lee Ritenour's i.e. music imprint with the concept album Relationships. Vesta co-composed 10 of the 11 songs plus sang "You and I" by one of her greatest musical influences, Stevie Wonder. In smooth jazz, Vesta toured with Fourplay and graced recordings with Will Downing, Najee, and Norman Brown.. In straight-ahead jazz, Vesta recorded with Christian McBride.

Inspirational at heart, Vesta flexed her gospel roots in concert with the great Bobby Jones and also recorded the touching "Bless This Child" for the Christmas CD, Mother Child reuniting her with Tena Clark.

Vesta's last CD was 2007's Distant Lover for Shanachie singing soul classics. She also recorded an as-yet-unreleased CD for Stimuli titled Seven. In between, Vesta remained on the road. Iris Perkins, Vesta's friend and longtime manager reminisces, "Even without a record deal, we were able to keep Vesta's concert calendar booked solid. "˜V' was the total package."

TV One's "Unsung" is devoting an episode to Vesta, she was in the midst of completing her interviews at the time of her sudden death, the show will air in the fall.

Gifted, funny, sexy, generous, ever-so-real and oh-so-underrated, Vesta will be deeply missed.

Vesta Williams is survived by her daughter - Tandia White, her mother - Joan W. Tate, her sisters - Margaret Wilson, Martaé Collins and Marlena Robinson, and her grandchildren - Taya McNeil, Alexia McNeil, and Brendon White.

Funeral services are as follows:

West Angeles Church of God and Christ

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

11:00AM

3045 Crenshaw Blvd. (North Campus)

Los Angeles, CA 90016

BREAKOUT DUTCH R&B/SOUL ARTIST NICOLE BUS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM KAIROS OUT OCTOBER 18TH

Today, breakout Dutch R&B/Soul artist NICOLE BUS announces the upcoming release of her debut album, KAIROS via ROC NATION set for release on October 18, 2019.KAIROS is co-executive produced and co-produced by Bus and multi-platinum producer Needlz .Get the pre-order or KAIROS HERE!Of the album title, Bus noted: KAIROS is the Greek word for “appointed time” She continues, “Everything

BYSTORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS ARTIST RO JAMES TO JOIN MAXWELL AND MARY J. BLIGE

On the heels of his #1 entry on the Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart with his hit single “Permission,” ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records artist Ro James announces that he will join Maxwell and Mary J.

ERIC BENÉT Has a New Album Coming Soon and Teases New Single Sunshine

4x GRAMMY®-Nominated R&B singer, ERIC BENÉT, will release his self-titled, eighth studio album, eric benét, in North America on October 7, 2016.

KDAY 93.5 FM Delivers Extraordinary Performance During The Nielsen July Book!

KDAY 93.5 FM, Southern California's leading choice for original hip-hop and R&B, announced historic performance in the highly contested July 2016 summer book. KDAY achieved year-to-year growth in the key areas of AQH, cume, TSL and other vital indicators.

Damn Faith Evans and Kelly Price Can Sing! “Soon As I Get Home” at the Essence Festival

Faith Evans performed her classic song, "Soon As I Get Home" to a souled out audience at the Coca-Cola Super Lounge at...

Joseph Gomez Premieres His New Catchy Single “Stay with Me” on VEVO

Los Angeles, CA, December 04, 2012 --(PR.com)-- After Joseph's first music video making its television debut on MTV Hits Latin America and getting love on social media, Joseph keeps moving forward and premieres on VEVO the music video for his second single "Stay With Me" of his upcoming debut album "Sweet Melody." Joseph Gomez, aka JoeGo

This is the Remix: Top Five 90’s Remixes

The 1990's was the age of the hip hop music and r&remixes. There were quite a few classics that came out of the era thanks to R. Kelly, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, and a few others. To this day, if you throw on any one of these classic songs we are about to mention, the party still goes absolutely nuts.

Charlie Wilson Hangs with WBLS’ Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB), Celebrates Birthday and New Release

(Charlie Wilson and WBLS PD Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) celebrate Charlie's birthday)R&legend and Gap Band front man Charlie Wilson is celebrating his 60th birthday with the release of his highly anticipated new long player called "Love, Charlie".Hailing from Tulsa, OK, Wilson and his two brothers defined an era of unparalleled upbeat funk music as The Gap Band.

Rebbie Jackson Resolves Personal Turmoil with First Album in 15 Years

On Wednesday January 23rd, 62 year old Rebbie Jackson will release her first album in 15 years called "Breaking Through" through Music Records.Her first release since 1998, Jackson scored her biggest hit to date in 1984 with a song called "Centipede", written and produced by her brother Michael, who also sang background vocals.

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