Viola Wills 1939-2009 RIP

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(Expanded biography by David Cole here)
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Viola Wills is an international recording artiste who started her career off at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.  She later worked with Barry White, Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and many other established recording artistes until she recorded her first album of her own original songs "Soft Centers" in London England.

Her first major break into the mainstream came with her version of "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" which started a string of dance hits and Viola's subsequent title of a "disco diva".

Determined to have a career writing and singing her own songs, Viola recorded and charted her first original hit "Dare To Dream", followed by her version of "Both Sides Now".  All three of the songs would land Viola in the Guiness Book of Records for the UK.

Eventually Viola took a break and returned to America to work on a college degree in music therapy.  During this period she wrote and produced her one-woman show "Willspower".

A demand for 80's music brought Viola back to Europe where she firmly committed herself to promote her own music.  With this new committment in mind Ms Wills has formed a new band and created her own unique style of music "Jazzspel", a mix of jazz and gospel, that has universal appeal.  Most of the band members are graduates of Brighton University.  When not gigging they teach music in their own respective genres.  The musicians' classical and jazz genius mixed in the soulful sponaneity of Viola's gospel roots make a perfect blend for the ears and the soul.

Some of the UK venues Viola has appeared on or at are Top of The Pops, Pebble Mill, Soul Train, Jules Holland, Ronnie Scott's, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and a residency at Joogleberry's Playhouse in Brighton.

Viola eventually returned to the USA.

On May 6 2009 Viola passed peacefully away after a short illness.

Viola left behind six children - Vincent, Christopher, Regina, Madonna, David and Rejal, 21 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Viola's Perfect Day

On a beach, probably Venice Beach, Malibu.

What Music:
Jazz, Stevie Wonder, James Renford.

What Film:
Funny films or anything with Denzil Washington - loved Malcolm X - or Meryl Streep

What Book:
Clinton - my favourite subject - and Hilary, John Edwards.

What Food:
Salmon, broccoli - healthy food.

What Drinks:
The occasional gin and tonic, Long Island tea.

What Activity:

What luxury would I wish for:
A book

Favorite Sports Team:
LA Lakers.

Favorite Auto: