Ms. Cole Williams is a Brooklyn born, New Orleans based recording artist/songwriter/record producer/multi-instrumentalist/bandleader with The Cole Williams Band, WWOZ New Orleans show host and Organizer with the unhoused. Williams has rooted her message in the tradition of Gil Scott-Heron, creating songs that reflect the everyday experiences and hopes of the unhoused and “the least of ours” all around the world.
From her musical beginnings in Brooklyn, to a myriad of creativity, Williams is a diverse Jamaican-American artist with passions that are only exceeded by her unparalleled ambition to uplift humanity. Miss Williams uses her gifts, skills, talents and resources, to continue to help build our Freedom Movement and make it stronger, by representing music and a lifestyle that is humane and equitable.
In 2020 following an explosion of direct action in New Orleans, defending the rights of unhoused people to shelter and life, and during the pandemic and economic collapse, New Orleans housing activists have created a political space for people to come together. Following frequent street demonstrations at New Orleans’ City Hall, The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team (founded by Miss Williams and 60-year Civil Rights Veteran, Curtis Muhammad), succeeded in getting the City to provide emergency housing in empty hotels in August of that same year. They’re ongoing work to-date is renovating city-owned blighted houses with the presently unhoused people that will live in them while teaching marketable skills.
After a childhood rooted in classical piano, playing recitals at Carnegie Hall, to singing in her church choir; Williams attended Brooklyn Technical High School (known for its Nobel Laureate alumni, as well as Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and majored in psychology before studying classical voice at New Jersey City University. This rich background coupled with a childhood
love affair with her parents’ record collection provided her with the foundation to continuously expand her global message of equality for all people.
As a vocalist, Williams’ style is a true treasure. With classic soul and gospel as her vocal canvas, Cole’s ability truly shines as she opts for breaking genre conventions creating a unique and original vocal landscape—one that melds the tapestry of funk, world, R&B, reggae and soul. Over the course of her career, Cole has provided vocals and percussion for Joey Bada$$ (“Curry Chicken”), Chiddy Bang (“Ray Charles), Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Aloe Blacc, Nickodemus, Little Jackie, Diane Birch, Somi,, Kaissa, Dana Fuchs, Pimps Of Joytime, Kendra Morris, Beats By The Pound, original lead singer of People’s Champs, and commercial/tv recordings for CoverGirl, JCPenney, Suave, Smash, and Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami.
William's vocal performances have been featured on television shows as prominent as Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show, The Jools Holland Show, The Craig Ferguson Show, WWL4 Morning Show, Live With Kelly & Michael, 90210, and The Today Show, and featured in publications as Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Glide Magazine, Wax Poetics, NME, AfroPunk, Offbeat Magazine, and New Orleans Magazine. Williams has appeared on NCIS New Orleans (seasons 6 and 7), and been nominated for Best Female Vocalist by Offbeat Magazine.
Williams live performance highlights with The Cole Williams Band include The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, French Quarter Festival, Blue Note NYC, BAM Cafe Live, Rockwood Music Hall, The Mint, Martyr’s, Tipitina's World Cafe Live, Prime Example, House Of Blues, and Cervantes. She has opened for Lauryn Hill, Emily King, Ozomatli, The Wild Magnolias, and Corey Henry and Treme Funktet.
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