“Hip-hop Soulstress. I didn’t even give myself the name, but it couldn’t be a more perfect description of who I am and what I do!” says artist and songwriter Summer Williams. While she can write a pop, country or trap song with the best of them, Williams finds self-fulfillment in being herself and using the soul, jazz and 90s hip-hop boom bap influences she was raised on.
Williams grew up in a naturally musical background. The fruit of both a gospel and classical singing mother and a musician father, Summer was happy to take on traits from both genes. Growing up listening to her gospel influences soon expanded to include those classic soul greats such as Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. “I remember one day, I was in the kitchen with my mother while she was singing “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”, and I said Mommy, I want to learn how to sing. I was four. She was so happy and surprised. Little did she know, I already knew how.”
Now Ms. Williams’ is out to prove a point and win over mainstream hearts. “I see the amount of power and influence these artists have on the industry as a whole, and on humanity itself. Think about it. You can’t even hear a song on the radio unless it has some kind of auto-tune, or talks about a bad bitch or club. But someone had once dared to be different” believes Williams. Mixing her influences of artists such as Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, Williams’ voice is uniquely distinctable.
The most important part of listening to Williams’ music, besides the cool soulful sound of her voice are the hidden messages in the lyrics. “I don’t believe in sad songs. Music is supposed to transport you through emotions and time. I only like to promote positivity and brighter days. In every heartbreak, there’s a new love to be found, once you stop harboring on the b.s.”, she says.
In more ways than one, Summer is making her soulful voice become more and more heard. Right now, she is taking some under the radar opportunities to write for some famous artists, and working on her debut album, date still unreleased. However one thing is definite, Summer Williams will be making her very distinct mark into a somewhat monotonous industry. “I’m not timid anymore. I know who I am and what I have to offer the world, and commercializing myself is not in my plan. The right souls will be drawn to my music and all the fame and money will fall into place later. Just press play.”