Vanessa Williams to perform at Scottsdale center for the arts

Vanessa WilliamsScottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents Vanessa Williams in concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Tickets start at $59 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-8587.

One of the most respected and multifaceted performers in entertainment today, Vanessa Williams has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, television and motion pictures.

Having sold more than 25 million records worldwide, Ms. Williams is one of just a few artists to score No. 1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard’s album and singles charts in the combined areas of pop, dance, R&B, adult contemporary, holiday, Latin, gospel and jazz, according to a press release.

Ms. Williams’s signature song, “Save the Best for Last,” topped musical charts in 1992. Among her other hits are “Dreamin’,” “The Right Stuff” and “Colors of the Wind,” the Academy Award-winning theme song to the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas, the release states.

Ms. Williams has earned widespread critical acclaim, including multiple Grammy nominations, three Emmy nominations for her role in the ABC comedy “Ugly Betty” and a Tony nomination for her role in the 2002 Broadway revival of “Into the Woods.” She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

Her autobiography, “You Have No Idea,” co-written with her mother, Helen Williams, was a New York Times best-seller in 2012, the release states.

A strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities, Ms. Williams was honored with the Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award for her humanitarian contributions.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Vanessa Williams is made possible by Presenting Sponsors Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and U.S. Trust.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

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