chicago born brigette mcwilliams has singing in her blood. accompanying her mother on tours, mcwilliams learned about music first-hand from the legends of r&b and soul. she studied law for a while and signed to universal records with the group flavor. mcwilliams' 1994 debut, "Take advantage of me", was met with little acclaim. despite her obvious talent, critics accused mcwilliams of attempting to force a soul voice into an r&b format. while mcwilliams failed to make an impact on the charts, her soulful mastery of phrasing and delivery did not go unnoticed by industry insiders.