Cole Williams (musician)

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Cole Williams
GenresAfrican Rock, Soul
Occupation(s)Songwriter, DJ, Singer, Composer, Producer
InstrumentsSinging, Piano, Percussion
Years active2006-present
Associated actsCole Williams Band, Pimps of Joytime, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Little Jackie, Kaissa.

Cole Williams is a musician, storyteller, and model living in New Orleans.[1] Her music has been described as a mix of rock, funk, Jamaican soul, gospel, and jazz. She hosts the WWOZ New Orleans Music Show every Tuesday.[2]


Originally from Brooklyn, Williams moved to New Orleans in 2015.[2] Upon moving to New Orleans in 2015 Cole Williams launched her CANDIbyCole jewelry line.[3] Her formative years were spent attending Brooklyn Technical High School whose notable alumni feature Mos Def and Talib Kweli.[1] Williams fronts the Cole Williams Band, who since 2007 have opened for India Arie, Lauryn Hill, and others.[4] In 2016, Cole Williams Band released the Sin City The Mix Tape album.[4] That year also saw Cole perform at the heralded New Orleans Jazz Fest.[5] In 2015 Cole Williams collaborated with DJ and producer Cassady on the track "Stand Tall." [6] She has also performed as a backup singer for Aloe Blacc, Chiddy Bang, Lisa Lisa, and others.[6] In 2017 Cole Williams Band released a cover of the Sam Cooke song A Change Is Gonna Come[4] and a new original song called "Free."[1] 2017 also saw Williams partner with New Orleans Jazz Museum for a series of seminars on storytelling and music.[2] Cole Williams was nominated for the Best Female Vocalist of 2017 award by local New Orleans alt-weekly Off Beat Magazine.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Daunt, Lesley (4 November 2017). "Punk empress of African Rock Cole Williams premieres new single "Free"".
  2. ^ a b c "Interview: Cole Williams On Empowering Youth Through Storytelling".
  3. ^ "Cole Williams Is Taking Over NOLA! 5 Ways To See Her This Month". 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "SONG PREMIERE: Cole Williams Band Offer Powerful Take on Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" - Glide Magazine". 14 July 2017.
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  6. ^ a b "Cole Williams Premieres New Track "Stand Tall"".
  7. ^ "And The Nominees Are...Vote Now For Best Of The Beat Awards 2017!". OffBeat Magazine.