New Orleans based Punk Empress of African Rock, Cole Williams is intentionally bridging the gap of pop and live music with the release of her 6th studio album, Believe, on Louisiana Red Hot Records and also featured on Relix Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Festival Compilation.
The Punk Empress Of African Rock
Believe, is self-produced, title track featuring Corey Henry and Treme Funktet, serves as singer/songwriter/producer Williams’ manifesto which “gets off to a righteous start” (Black Grooves), and is a purposeful and eclectic blend of dub, psychedelic soul, live musical elements, electronic, blues, and West-African rhythms in Williams’ own patented production style, African Rock.
2017 saw Williams and her band release a powerful rendition of the Sam Cooke classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which Glide Magazine called a “simmering, heartfelt take that hits you hard with a wave of emotion.” Williams also released a fresh new single “Free,” which Huffington Post called “[a] soulful and rhythmic slow burner of a song that encapsulates the powerhouse vocals of Williams and her empowering lyrical stance.”
Since relocating to New Orleans from Brooklyn, NY in 2015, Williams has solidified her renaissance of creativity, through her authentic, gut-wrenching performances, iconic fashion sense, hosting her curated New Orleans Music Show on WWOZ, and producing African Rock Saturday (a weekly live stream stream of the Cole Williams BAND performances on WHIV), Cole has evolved into the true priestess of music.
Over the course of her career, Cole has provided vocals and percussion on Curry Chicken (Joey Bada$$), Ray Charles (Chiddy Bang, Beats By The Pound, and for Aloe Blac, Little Jackie, Diane Birch, Somi, Kaissa, Dana Fuchs, Neurotic Drum Band, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Pimps Of Joytime, Holy Warriors (Harold Brown, Bill Summers, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes), and commercial/tv recordings for CoverGirl, JCPenney, Suave, Smash and Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami.
Cole’s live performance highlights include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Bayou Boogaloo Festival, French Quarter Festival, Freret Street Festival and the Blue Note NYC to name a few. Williams and her band have also opened for India Arie, Emily King, Ozomatli, The Wild Magnolias, Corey Henry and Treme Funktet, and Lauryn Hill.
With her national and international buzz bubbling and an exciting new album in the universe, Williams is inspiring audiences with her revolutionary vision. Dates in the South and West Coast set for the summer and fall, including performances at Joshua Tree Music Festival and more performances TBA, are creating a universal cushion for Williams and her band to spread the African Rock gospel and remind the world to Believe again.