Vanessa Williams shares daughter Jillian's retro-style music video and she looks just like her mom

Aby Rivas
Jan 24, 2019
07:12 P.M.
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Vanessa Williams is the proud mother of four children, but only one inherited her passion and talent for music. Jillian Hervey, the vocalist of the R&B group Lionbabe, recently released a new song, and Williams made sure to share the retro-style music video with her fans.


Williams, who is a seasoned actress and singer, couldn’t be prouder of the strides her daughter is taking in the music industry alongside music producer and instrumentalist Lucas Goodman, aka Astro Raw.

Together, they form the duo Lion Babe, and as they prepare to drop a second studio album, they recently released two new covers: “Get into the Party Life,” by Willie Beaver, a mid-tempo song with soulful melodies, and “Why,” by Carly Simon, an up-tempo song with a Caribbean vibes and lush vocals.


Since both singles have that old-school vibe, Lion Babe decided to translate that into the visuals of the songs, creating two short clips to promote them on social media. And despite the filters and the tape scratches that give the video that VHS feeling, Jillian’s beauty and the similarities with her mother shone through.

“#getintothepartylife @lionbabe Out now & available everywhere!,” Williams captioned the video shared to her Instagram, encouraging her fans to support her daughter’s work.



“We’re feeling really good about this new music, and we’re so excited about it,” Lion Babe told This is R&B last year after releasing “The Wave,” another single that channeled the ’70s and ’80s disco and funk.

“It’s really just the two of us out here making the records we’ve always wanted to make, so I think the sound is really coming into its full form because we’ve been doing this for a little bit and we know what we want to do and we’re going for it.”


Lion Babe has a steady career in the music industry and has collaborated with artist like Pharrell and Childish Gambino. They recently performed at Coachella, earning the praise of critics, both in music and in fashion, for their incredible stage presence and Jillian’s flashy outfits.



Hervey has also graced the covers of several magazines and joined her mother in a partnership with the WomenHeart organization and Burlington Stores to raise awareness and prevention for heart disease.

Talking about the campaign and what it means to be “lion-hearted,” Jillian told Teen Vogue that:

“Lion-hearted is very much the core of what Lion Babe was when we were thinking about the name in general and the feeling we were trying to evoke...having a sense of strength but also matching that with vulnerability.”


And continued:

“Being able to be authentic and comfortable in your skin and having that be the thing that makes you strong and able to deal adversity and challenges and...everything. Because when you know yourself, you know your heart, you follow your heart, you listen to your heart […] To be lion-hearted is to be strong and powerful and also very open and ready to take on the world.”



Jillian has been honest about wanting to keep her mother’s name out of the way when it comes to building a career in the entertainment industry, especially in music. When people discover that Jillian’s mom is Vanessa Williams, they tend to start comparing the two, what upsets Hervey.


However, that doesn’t mean the singer is ashamed of her mother, as she revealed to Essence a few years ago, everything she has learned from Williams:

“My mom’s taught me so much about being a woman. A lot of the things that I’ve learned most is just by example,” she said.

“I’ve seen how she treats people. She’s on time, she’s respectful, she’s very humble, and she understands what other people have to do and their roles, and I think just having that understanding and treating people how she would treat herself and her family, I think that just speaks volumes.”