Vanessa Williams’ Daughter Is A Celebrity, But Many Of Her Fans Don’t Know They’re Related

Posted On : November 25, 2022
(L) Vanessa Williams; (R) Throwback photo of Vanessa Williams with her second-to-eldest daughter who’s now a celebrity in her own right

Actress and singer, Vanessa Williams is mom to four children. Each of them are carving their own paths in this world, without leaning on her name. One of them in particular has chosen to follow in her mom’s path, but has done so by building her brand all on her own…so much so, that for the longest time, most of her fans never even knew the two knew each other.


Below is a throwback video of Vanessa Williams with two of her three daughters…but today, her second-to-eldest baby is a 33-year-old woman fulfilling her musical dreams.


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Jillian Hervey is the daughter of Ramon Hervey (Vanessa’s ex-husband) and the legendary, Vanessa Williams. You may not know her by her name, but her neo-soul group, Lionbabe (of which Jillian’s the lead singer), is very well known amongst their hundreds of thousands of fans.

When Lion Babe came together, their goal wasn’t just to deliver good music, but they wanted to send a message to the world. Lion Babe’s motto is about embracing your uniqueness and rockin’ it. The neo-soul group is comprised of two members: vocalist, Jillian Hervey, and record producer, Lucas Goodman.


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The group derived it’s name from Goodman’s zodiac sign, as he is a Leo and from Hervey’s golden mane, which resembles that of a lion.

Both Goldman and Hervey made a musical connection when Hervey was attending a New York college. A dance major interested in performance art, Hervey had the task of performing a dance to original music.  She knew exactly who to call.

After contacting Goodman, they had a conversation that led to Hervey’s interest in signing. Goodman encouraged her and he believed her soulful sound was very similar to Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu.

With a strong underground following, the group has opened up for rapper, Childish Gambino (a.k.a. actor, Donald Glover), and collaborated with super music producer, Pharrell Williams. In 2015,  Lion Babe released the song, “Wonder Woman,” which went on to peak at number one on Billboard’s interactive chart, ‘Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists.’

While Lion Babe’s fan base is growing, lioness, Jillian Hervey, wants her success to be authentic. In speaking with Page Six, she shared how she avoids telling people who her famous moms is, because she wants to make it on her own merits. She spoke openly about keeping her familial connection to Vanessa on the low:

“I never walk into a room and say, ‘Hi! I am Vanessa Williams’ daughter,’ ” [Jillian Hervey] told Page Six at Hammerstein Ballroom. “It helps me to become more authentic.”

People loved her before, but Jillian just gave fans another reason to fall in love with the Lion Babe.