Meet the Utah teen who helped write Vanessa Williams’ new single

Meet the Utah teen who helped write Vanessa Williams’ new single

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — American singer and actress Vanessa Williams simply launched her first single in additional than a decade, and considered one of her songwriters is a 17-year-old Utah woman.

Williams initially turned well-known when she was the primary Black girl to be topped Miss America in 1984. She went on to turn out to be a grammy-nominated singer together with her ninth studio album on the way in which, received a Tony for her efficiency of the witch in “Into the Woods” on Broadway in 2002, and was nominated for an Emmy 3 times for her work on the TV present “Ugly Betty.”

Kjersti Lengthy, initially from New Jersey and now lives in Eagle Mountain, has been spreading her musical wings whereas residing in Utah. She was considered one of three songwriters for Williams’ latest single “Legs (Preserve Dancing)” which debuted No. 3 on Billboard’s Dance/Digital chart.

“It is a catchy tune. I needed to do one thing at 61 … It is like, I am nonetheless right here. I am nonetheless related. I nonetheless bought stuff to say and do and act. So, throughout our actors strike, I recorded an album,” Williams stated on the TODAY present.

Williams needed to be related within the pop area and thought using a youthful author could possibly be useful, so her producer despatched her a few of Kjersti’s music since he had labored with Kjersti earlier than, her father Jeremy Lengthy stated. Williams was impressed and requested Kjersti to write down a track for her album.

Kjersti stated she did not know a lot about Williams when her producer first approached her about writing a track since Kjersti normally stays within the rock and punk genres of music. However after studying about her Broadway roles, Kjersti went down a rabbit gap of Williams’ inventive endeavors, started listening to Williams’ music and bought actually excited to work together with her.

“We bought to have a Zoom name with me, my dad and Vanessa after which our producer and a good friend of hers, and we primarily had been like, ‘What would you like the track to be about?’ And her concepts had been insane. They had been so cool and so deep, and it was very enjoyable getting to write down down the concepts,” Kjersti stated, including that she knew it was going to be a enjoyable track to write down primarily based on Williams’ concepts.

Williams talked in regards to the phrase: “The legs are the final to go,” from actress Diahann Carroll and the way she all the time loves seeing older feminine celebrities who nonetheless had great-looking legs regardless of their age.

“We determined that that was what we had been going to focus the track on,” Kjersti stated. “It is all about how she could also be just a little older, and she or he won’t be like tremendous present, however she remains to be right here. She’s bought issues she’s bought to say. Her legs are nonetheless working, and she or he’s nonetheless killing it.”

Kjersti stated she beloved getting to look at Williams’ inventive course of as they labored collectively.

Kjersti’s father stated her track was meant to simply be a filler, however after recording “Legs,” Williams determined to make it the only and lead with that track as a substitute.

“Each time I give it some thought, it simply makes me smile,” Kjersti stated. “It’s totally gratifying to know that somebody with that a lot oomph within the business thought that your stuff was spectacular sufficient. … It makes me very blissful.”

Kjersti was capable of be within the sales space in Los Angeles when Williams recorded the track and stated it was an unbelievable expertise.

“You understand that factor the place, like, you may nearly attain out and contact her, nevertheless it nearly did not seem to be it was actual? She was a really, very spectacular artist,” she stated.

Kjersti is aiming to launch an EP on the finish of the yr, and she or he is happy for extra individuals to listen to her music.

Jeremy Lengthy stated it is so loopy his daughter will get to have such an expertise at 17 years previous, particularly when there are such a lot of gifted artists within the state, however he could not be happier for her.

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