In conversation with Alyson Willliams
Updated: Feb 2, 2021
Alyson Williams talks about growing in Harlem, New York, her musical career and her new single "Summer Nights In Haralem".
The veteran singer brings a jazzy, mature, grown-folks vibe to “Summer Nights In Harlem” as well as sweet sultriness to the accompanying “flip-side”, the ballad, “The Romance Of You”
Growing up, Alyson was surrounded by and exposed to great music. Her father - celebrated Jazz trumpeter and bandleader, Bobby Booker - was a major influence in her life. It was at four years old, when Alyson first demonstrated her stage talents.
While in college, Alyson joined the I.N.C.A. (Institute of New Cinema Artists) headed by Ruby Dee, Ozzie Davis and Cliff Frazier. Through I.N.C.A., Alyson was awarded an internship to work side by side with Benny Ashburn, manager of the world famous Commodores.
How The Record Camre To Be
“Producer Maurice Lynch was putting together a Harlem jazz review and was referred to me by a mutual friend,” says Alyson. “After we completed the show, he offered two songs for me to record - ‘Summer Nights In Harlem’ and ‘The Romance Of You’. I loved both tunes and offered to cut them with top notch veterans in the music industry – keyboardist Ray Chew (musical director for ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars), longtime sax man Kirk Whalum as well as Grammy Award winning bassist Christian McBride.”
Blessed with an impeccable and soulful voice, Alyson is well respected by industry royalty and fans worldwide for her genuine heart, innovative mind, and honest lyrics.