Alyson Williams


Vocalist Alyson Williams, born in Harlem, New York to a swing band leader and dancer-turned-nurse, began dancing at four years old. Her lithe movements and rhythm eventually won her a dance scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College. While at Marymount, she fervently pursued musical theater with the hope of landing on Broadway. She has performed in over 12 hit musicals, including a Broadway run of Rollin' on the TOBA One Mo' Time and the 25th anniversary revival of the Wiz with George Faison. Ms. Williams continued her education at the Aaron Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College of New York, and the Institute of Cinema Artists (INCA). At the age of 20, Ms. Williams landed an internship with the legendary Commodores, which led to a job as the personal assistant to the band's manager, Benny Ashburn. She did session work for the Commodores as well as R&B diva Melba Moore, Whodini, and Eveylyn “Champagne” King. She also sang background vocals for rap pioneer Kurtis Blow. Ms. Williams was featured on two albums as a member of the R&B trio, High Fashion, recording on Capitol Records. In her solo career, Ms. Williams became the first R&B artist to be signed by Russell Simmons' label, Def Jam. Her debut Def Jam album, Raw, was met with critical acclaim, going gold in the U.K.  “Just Call My Name” spent 67 weeks on the Billboard charts in 1990-91. She then turned her attention to urban theater, singing and acting in R&B, gospel and comedy plays, traveling from New York to Detroit and L.A. with many stops in between. She starred in feature roles, including a role as R&B legend Phyllis Hyman in Thank God the Beat Goes On.  Ms. Williams took a stab at stand-up comedy, including a gig at Caroline's on Broadway, one of the country's most renowned comedy clubs. In the late ‘90s, she met jazz pianist Marcus Johnson when he came to one of her shows at Nell's, a New York hot spot. He invited her to perform with him on BET on Jazz TV. Their collaboration on his single, “Morning Light” received major play on smooth jazz radio stations nationwide. Ms. Williams was the featured vocalist on three of Johnson’s albums. Their partnership progressed to the completion of her latest solo album, It's About Time, released on Johnson’s Three Keys Music label on April 20, 2004. It's About Time is a mix of R&B and jazz, and Ms. Williams co-wrote five of the songs.
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