New Orleans based Punk Empress of African Rock, Cole Williams has announced the release of a new album, Believe, to be released on April 26th. The album marks Williams’ first release under New Orleans label, Louisiana Red Hot Records, and is an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, R&B, blues, and Williams’ own patented African Rock.
Since relocating to New Orleans from Brooklyn in 2015, Williams has adopted a renaissance of creativity. Between her curated show on WWOZ, her massive community outreach efforts, iconic fashion sense, and all around championing of the Big Easy arts scene, Cole has evolved into a true Bayou treasure.
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, were my main motivations,” says Williams about moving to New Orleans. “I really had no idea what I was getting myself into moving to New Orleans. It was a leap of faith, and I answered the call.”
2017 has seen Cole Williams 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 wave of emotion.” The band 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.”
As a vocalist, Williams’ style is a true bayou treasure. With classic soul as her vocal canvas, Cole’s ability truly shines when she’s breaking genre conventions and opting for a diverse and wholly original vocal landscape—one that melds all the colors of soul, rock, R&B, reggae, and blues.
Now with a recently signed record deal and an exciting new album on the horizon, Williams is ready to take the next big step in her revolutionary and unique career. With dates in the South and West Coast set for the Spring, and a Joshua Tree Music Festival performance set for May, Williams is looking to spread the African Rock gospel in 2019.
“2018 was a year of extreme highs and lows and I feel like I grew up in a lot of ways,” says Williams. “It prepared me for the whirlwind in 2019, my life has improved for the better in every conceivable way, but the most important testimony I carry into this year is the importance of valuing myself and all the things about me that make me special. Instead of running away from feeling different, misunderstood, and undervalued I am completely focused on the things and people that bring me joy and make me feel happy. My motto is that I’m going to do my job and let the universe do hers. This is my year and I can’t wait to see what manifests.”
“When are you coming back to Philly?”
“ While recently visiting New Orleans, my wife, son, and I had the wonderful pleasure to experience the Cole Williams Band. We so enjoyed the music!”
“I have been meaning to send you a message because I recently heard your interview on WWNO . I was so impressed with your music when I first heard you at Roux Carre a few mos. ago and then at Marigny Brassiere. When I heard you speak and reflect on your life, I was so moved and if possible impressed further by your spirit and your journey and your remarkable talent. “
“WTMD 89.7 come to Baltimore!”
“Ooooh!!!! You're doing great work! Would love to see you do some of this here. Putting it in the Universe!
“ Amazing music & vocals… transport you to a different world. Amazing.
“great grooves. All positive!”