A gift to be sure—fans of India Arie, Erykah Badu, and others will fine plenty to love about Williams’ unique blend of rock, soul, blues, and R&B wrapped up in one singular touching performance.
More than a singer/songwriter/producer/composer, Cole has expanded her repertoire to reflect an increasingly eclectic assortment of creative endeavors. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Williams moved to New Orleans in recent years and has taken the city by storm. She is a radio host on the world famous WWOZ in NOLA, an active model, owner of an online boutique jewelry store, and works for a community non-profit as director of outreach. Her strong passion for community has allowed her to inspire thousands as a facilitator for enrichment in after school programming and career development within New Orleans and NYC.
Originally from Brooklyn, Williams moved to New Orleans in 2015. Upon moving to New Orleans in 2015 Cole Williams launched her CANDIbyCole jewelry line. Her formative years were spent attending Brooklyn Technical High School whose notable alumni feature Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Williams fronts the Cole Williams Band, who since 2007 have opened for India Arie, Lauryn Hill, and others. In 2016, Cole Williams Band released the Sin City The Mix Tape album. That year also saw Cole perform at the heralded New Orleans Jazz Fest. In 2015 Cole Williams collaborated with DJ and producer Cassady on the track "Stand Tall." She has also performed as a backup singer for Aloe Blacc, Chiddy Bang, Lisa Lisa, and others. In 2017 Cole Williams Band released a cover of the Sam Cooke song A Change Is Gonna Come and a new original song called "Free."2017 also saw Williams partner with New Orleans Jazz Museum for a series of seminars on storytelling and music.Cole Williams was nominated for the Best Female Vocalist of 2017 award by local New Orleans alt-weekly Off Beat Magazine.
Brooklyn-bred Cole Williams moved to New Orleans in January and has fast become known as one of the most astounding new additions to the city’s pool of talented musicians. We’re excited to premiere her new track, in collaboration with DJ/producer Cassady, “Stand Tall”
Cole Williams (Pimps of Joytime) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (Antibalas, Low Mentality) recently joined each other in the studio. They describe their new single “Peaches ‘N Herb” as “our Rorschach test of Donny & Roberta, Fela and space.” Today we premiere Salme Dahlstrom’s “Salme D Peace Out Mix” of the song. Williams tells Relix, “Working with an artist and producer as proficient as Salme is one of those experiences I call a skill builder. She knows what she wants, and she knows how to ask for it. I’ve always had a blast working with her, so when I needed a remix she was definitely at the top of my list. It feels very empowering for me to be able to work with such an empowered woman.”