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Vanessa Williams Gave a Surprise Performance of ‘Colors of the Wind’ at Club Cumming in NYC

Vanessa Williams stopped by New York’s Club Cumming Monday night for an impromptu performance of some of her hits, including the Disney ballad “Colors of the Wind” and her 1992 hit single “Save the Best for the Last,” which later appeared on the soundtrack of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. 

Audiences pack in Club Cumming weekly for “Mondays with Lance,” an open mic and piano performance with barfly Lance Horne. Usually, attendees come out to see Broadway performers on their night off, but this Monday night, a very special diva and gay icon graced the crowd with her presence.

Williams stunned a packed house with her appearance and wowed them even more when she took to the stage to perform not just one song, but two.

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First, Williams performed “Colors of the Wind” from the 1994 Disney film Pocahontas. “Colors of the Wind” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1995, composer Alan Menken’s fourth win in the category. It also won the Golden Globe in the same category as well as the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Movie.

This reminds us of that time that Paul McCartney, Emma Stone and Alan Cumming took to the stage at Club Cumming last year to perform another Menken classic — The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.”

Only in New York, right?

Next, Williams performed her 1992 single “Save the Best for Last.” Considered her signature song, the lyrics’ redemptive themes resonated with Williams’ own story of forging a successful recording career following her earlier Miss America resignation scandal.

“Save the Best for Last” was ranked fourth in the Billboard Top 100 hits of 1992, becoming the biggest success of Williams’ music career. The song also went to number one on the U.S. Adult Contemporary and R&B charts; topping both charts for three weeks each. Internationally, the single reached number one in Australia, the Netherlands and Canada, number two in Ireland, and number three in the United Kingdom and Japan.

Videos of Vanessa Williams performing at Club Cumming right here:

“Colors of the Wind”

“Save the Best for Last”

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