She overcame a devastating illness in her late teens, receiving a kidney transplant at age 19, and came back stronger than ever. At age 27 she found a new church and, stepping far outside her comfort zone, began singing on stage.
Reaction in church was overwhelmingly positive. Within a year she had released a full album of music. The album reached No. 6 on the Billboard gospel charts, and No. 13 on the R&B charts. From there, Vice’s career took off, with national tours, opening for big name acts like The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Avett Brothers.
And at every step along the way, Vice remains surprised by it all.
“It’s a thing of its own that I feel like is leading me,” she said. “It really is whatever the mission of this album is, is bringing me along. Not the other way around.”