July 27, 2011

Check out this great interview with Colie Williams talking in-depth about her recently released album Light Up The Darkness with Michael Lewis at Soulmusic.com.

Says Colie on her musical influences:

“…I grew up with a lot of Motown, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle… and not the Motown, but definitely Patti LaBelle and Aretha had those real, strong gospel-influenced voices, and that’s what I heard a lot growing up. I loved to sing but I didn’t sing like them—I noticed that I did not sing like them—and I was just disturbed by this [laughs]. I was really disturbed, because my mother loved them and I was just, “I don’t sing like them.” So when I discovered, I think just in watching television, Billie Holliday and heard some of her records—then heard Ella and then Sarah—when I heard them I was like, “I can sing like them—black women that I can sing like.” I was like, wow. And so as I got older I really began to listen to them and study their music. Definitely I don’t consider myself a jazz singer: I can sing jazz music, but I would never define myself as a jazz singer because I like to sing R&B as well. But they were a strong influence because I realized that I had that sound just naturally.”

Read the interview and listen to the podcast in full here:


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