Cole Williams (musician)
|Genres||African Rock, Soul|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, DJ, Singer, Composer, Producer|
|Instruments||Singing, Piano, Percussion|
|Associated acts||Cole 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. 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.
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.
- Daunt, Lesley (4 November 2017). "Punk empress of African Rock Cole Williams premieres new single "Free"".
- "Interview: Cole Williams On Empowering Youth Through Storytelling".
- "Cole Williams Is Taking Over NOLA! 5 Ways To See Her This Month". 18 October 2015.
- "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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- "Cole Williams Premieres New Track "Stand Tall"".
- "And The Nominees Are...Vote Now For Best Of The Beat Awards 2017!". OffBeat Magazine.
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