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Bio

Dana Williams is an American singer songwriter and musician. She is the daughter of the late David Williams, best known for his 30 year collaboration with Michael Jackson. Her Dad also collaborated with many great artists, including Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Earth Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. This proved to have a profound influence on Dana’s passion and dedication to music, who as a young girl was inspired by the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke. Dana is also the sister of American actress Davida Williams. At 13, Dana traveled to New York to attend the Master’s School where she began her instrumental studies and music theory. She quickly engaged the guitar and is an accomplished contemporary as well as classical player. After graduation, she studied music and music scoring at Columbia University only to further her studies throughout college, where she graduated at SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE. Throughout college Dana was an award winning and widely published poet. Her lyrics are laced with poetic images and emotions, her beautiful voice is angelic and her songs stir the soul.

Dana recently finished the Leighton Meester Check in the Dark Spring Tour of 2012 as the Opening Act. Currently, she lives and performs frequently in Los Angeles.

Photo by Emari Traffie 

Photo by Emari Traffie 

Bio

 

A modern-day Ella Fitzgerald seems a notion too good to be true. But anyone who's been lucky enough to find themselves within an earshot of Dana Williams at one of her enrapturing LA shows can confirm the comparison is bona fide.

Counting the Queen of Jazz as her longtime inspiration, along with Billie Holiday, Dana mounts enchanting, effortless vocals on a daydreamy backdrop for an entirely timeless sound.

Predisposed for musical merit, Williams continues the story set in motion by her father David Williams, whose guitar-playing genius lent itself to the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Whitney Houston.

Writing her own chapter in the legacy, Williams has cultivated her talent from an early age, acquiring many notable fans along the way. When she was in just 4th grade, she was selected along to perform 'Hard Knock Life' with Jay-Z for a TV special. Cut to today and she is still gaining nods from the hip-hop scene, most recently collaborating with Freddie Gibbs on his singles “The Hard”, "Diamonds" and "McDuck" and Boogie lending vocals to much of 'Thirst 48 Pt. 2'. 

Further proof of her versatility and ever broadening appeal can be found, not only: in the oscar winning film 'Whiplash' by Damien Chazelle, where her song 'Keep Me Waiting' is heard in the soundtrack, but also starring in the Holiday Apple Ad. Williams made it to the top 4 on ABC's Rising Star. In addition, further proof can also be found on her YouTube channel, where Williams has garnered thousands of views offering soulful takes on songs by Shawn Mendes, Lana del Ray, Fetty Wap and Rihanna. Her cover of Lorde's song 'Team' was championed by America's golden boy Ryan Seacrest! Her channel also sets the stage for duets with fellow musicians Gavin Turek, Ben Taylor and actress/musician Leighton Meester among others. 

Having given fans a teasing taste in 2013 with her debut single, ironically titled, 'Keep Me Waiting', Williams finally released her 5-track 'The Lonely One EP' in March 2014 and followed by the release of her sophomore EP in December 2015 entitled 'Let's Fall'.

Listen now on Spotify  - 

http://open.spotify.com/artist/4rljPSpCHQzUJMNOvmw1DL

Purchase on iTunes  - 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lonely-one-ep/id840994470

Order 'Let's Fall' on iTunes now - 

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1044822691?ls=1&app=itunes