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Meet Dana Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Williams.

Dana Williams is a singer/songwriter based in LA who’s voice has a rare ability to bend time. Raised on singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the L.A.-based artist brings a jazzy nonchalance to her delivery while drawing big emotion from the most subtle vocal movement. In recent years she’s gained an ardent following as she continues to release a single a month.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would say as an artist, particularly as a woman of color there are always obstacles. But it is important to know who you are and what inspired you to create music in the first place.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I write a lot from personal experience. I find it easiest to express myself through writing. My latest single “Stuff” is about losing yourself to expectations of others and then the difficulty of getting to know yourself all over again. It’s easy to become worn out by the industry’s impossible standards and expectations. I wrote this song to remind myself why I pursued music in the first place. To remind myself of the passion I felt that drove me to become an artist.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I’d say my biggest musical inspiration is my dad. He was a guitar player/ songwriter, and I saw how happy he was when he was creating music and I always wanted to replicate that feeling. He taught me how to play the guitar and also how to write music. Songwriting was a nice activity we did together. He’d bring home a track and show me the structure of a song. He’d say ‘this is the verse and the chorus goes here and the pre chorus leads up to the chorus’ and that’s when I started to write music. I’m so lucky I have those memories. Eventually I was proficient enough on guitar to write my own music and that’s how it all started.

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