Acclaimed jazz vocalist Lori Williams possesses a most impressive resume as a performing artist, educator, songwriter, producer, support vocalist and musical theater actress. Her reputation and level of respect are top shelf and unimpeachable. However, this Washington, D.C.-native Lori is electing to let her hair down to pursue a more relaxed passion path in the realms of the Quiet Storm and R&B-leaning Soul-Jazz.
Lori’s vocal instrument contains the kind of nuances that one could get lost in. From Michael J. West – The Washington City Paper, “She has the kind of attenuation and subtlety that we associate with jazz singing instantly—a kind of jazz-vocal ‘discipline,’ for lack of a better term. But Williams slips in hints—and sometimes dead giveaways—that she has packed away the kind of soul power that would make her a tremendous R&B or gospel singer. Perhaps it’s a sort of vocalist’s twist on Ernest Hemingway’s ‘iceberg theory’: What you hear on the surface is only about 10 percent of what’s really there. As it happens, what is there is crystalline clarity, perhaps the most precise articulation of any singer in town, and a range that will, when she runs it, produce shivers.”
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