Vanessa Bell Armstrong


Vanessa Bell Armstrong

] "Always," a Marvin Winans composition that anchors the play, also appears on Armstrong's 1987 self-titled album. Her Broadway role lead to a cameo appearance in the Oprah Winfrey TV special "The Women of Brewster Place". Armstrong was also chosen to record the theme to the popular 80's NBC sitcom "Amen".

Vanessa Bell Armstrong took a 3 year self-imposed hiatus from recording before releasing "A Brand New Day" under a new deal with Tommy Boy Gospel in 2001. [cite web|url=http://www.gospelcity.com/dynamic/music-articles/reviews/138|date=December 28, 2001|publisher=GospelCity.com|title=Vanessa Bell Armstrong - A Brand New Day] Vanessa was presented with a lifetime achievement award during 2004's Gospel Superfest. [cite web|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20040123/ai_n9618881|title=What are you looking at?|publisher=Chicago Sun-Times|date=January 23, 2004|author=Rosenthal, Phil]

Armstrong's 2007 album, "Walking Miracle", is her first release in 6 years, and blends traditional gospel fare like "So Good To Me" (produced by Smokie Norful) with contemporary songs like "Til The Victory's Won" (produced by Fred Jerkins III) and the title track (produced by Rodney Jerkins). The latter song was inspired by Armstrong's son who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. cite web|url=http://www.emigospel.com/artist/artist_news_story.aspx?aid=440631&iid=502701&tid=227|title=Vanessa Bell Armstrong EMI Gospel Press Release]

Discography

Albums

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Type = Studio
Name = Peace Be Still
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Released = 1983
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Type = Studio
Name = Chosen
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Type = Studio
Name = Following Jesus
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Released = 1986
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Type = Studio
Name = Vanessa Bell Armstrong
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Released = 1987
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Type = Studio
Name = Wonderful One
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Released = 1988
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Type = Studio
Name = The Truth About Christmas
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Released = 1990
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Type = Studio
Name = Something On The Inside
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Type = Studio
Name = The Secret Is Out
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Type = Live
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Type = Studio
Name = A Brand New Day
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Released = 2001
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Type = Studio
Name = Walking Miracle
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Released = 2007
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Compilations

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Type = Compilation
Name = Greatest Hits
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Released = 1990
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Type = Compilation
Name = The Best of Vanessa Bell Armstrong
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Type = Compilation
Name = Sing To Glory
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Released = 2005
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Type = Compilation
Name = Praise & Worship
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Released = 2006
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ingles

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Type = Single
Name = You Bring Out The Best In Me b/w Always
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Released = 1987
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Type = Single
Name = Pressing On b/w Don't Turn Your Back
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Label = Jive
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Type = Single
Name = Something Inside So Strong
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Released = 1988
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Type = Single
Name = I'm Coming Back
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Released = 1989
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Type = Single
Name = Something On The Inside
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Released = 1993
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Label = Jive
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Producer = John P. Kee
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Type = Single
Name = So Good To Me
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from Album = Walking Miracle
Released = 2006
Format = CD/Digital Download
Label = EMI Gospel
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Other works and collaborations

Armstrong recorded a stand out duet "Choose Ye" with gospel act The Winans on their major label debut "Let My People Go" for Qwest Records. She also sang the theme song for the 1980s NBC sitcom "Amen".

Armstrong was a frequent musical guest of the early projects of John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir, and lent her voice to several classics that include "We Walk By Faith", and "We Glorify".

Awards & Honors

;Grammy Nominations [cite web|url=http://theenvelope.latimes.com/factsheets/awardsdb/env-awards-db-search,0,7169155.htmlstory?searchtype=all&query=vanessa+bell+armstrong|title=Vanessa Bell Armstrong Award Nominations|publisher=The Envelope (Los Angeles Times)]
* Best Soul Gospel Performance - Female for "Peace Be Still" (1983)
* Best Soul Gospel Performance - Female for "Chosen" (1985)
* Best Soul Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus for "Choose Ye" (1986)
* Best Soul Gospel Performance - Female for "Pressing On" (1988)

Personal life

She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. [cite web|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_20031012/ai_n10915015/pg_3|title=For black sororities|publisher=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|date=October 12, 2003|author=Roberts, Roxanne]

Season Six Top 3 American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle used to sing backup for Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

References

;Other References
* [http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Vanessa%20Bell%20Armstrong.html Brief Biography at Soulwalking.co.uk]

External links

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* [http://www.myspace.com/139018994 Official MySpace Page]
* [http://www.emigospel.com/artist/artist_default.aspx?aid=440631 Official Vanessa Bell Armstrong site on EMI Gospel]
* [http://www.j-notes.com/archives/2005/05/06/flashback_friday_vanessa_bell.php Flashback Friday - Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Chosen]


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