Saundra Williams is a very talented singer, songwriter and performer hailing originally from Harlem/ The Bronx, NY. Her passion for singing has opened her life up to amazing life experiences which to her, is living her childhood dreams wide awake and out loud. She has evolved from that little girl singing along with the radio, in front of a mirror into a hairbrush to fronting her own bands, singing lead and supporting vocals for other local and prominent bands and writing and co-writing songs for herself and other artists.
She has traveled the world extensively, starting with her own cover band, Saundra Williams and the Force in in Yokohama. Japan in 1990 which led to touring work with acts such as r&b artist Meli'sa Morgan back in the 90's and most recently with the Victor Wooten Band and currently with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. She has also worked recently with Phish in their 'PHISH 3D' movie, Alvin Toussaint, Allen Stone, Charles Bradley, John Legend, Michael Buble', producers Gabriel Roth and Mark Ronson.
Saundra has recently put together her own band, "Saundra Williams' Funky 4 Corners" which consists of her on lead vocals and four of her closest friends who are also supremely talented musicians whom she feels, collectively reflect her musical voice. Their very first live performance was met with rave reviews @ Brooklyn's, 'Brooklyn Bowl' in June 2012 where she was the opening act for The Victor Wooten Band. They are currently recording their first cd and planning on booking show dates early 2013.
Saundra is not an artist interested in the competitive wedge that seems to divide the energy of music scene. She believes that all artists of positive light, deserve to be heard. She believes that her musical expression, if only appreciated by one soul, is worth the effort of getting it out there and heard. "Music, heals, energizes and encourages spirits..." she says. " I know that my music touches and encourages people in posiitve ways, so I do not worry about the constraints of society and the music business while I am creating, I think about my heart's feelings and the world around me. Life. I totally enjoy the creative process and when my songs are 'born' and I hear them back to me for the first time, I am blown away. They are so powerful and honest and funny and fun. Realness. Gimmick-less art.
My musicians appreciate them, my audiences appreciate them and I can tell that they can feel me and that is very important to me as well as everyone having a great time movin' and groovin." I just really enjoy being able to express my heart through my passion. They are one and the same."
Here are some of her career highlights accompanied by related links.
~Currently singing supporting vocals, writing and touring internationally with Brooklyn –based soul group
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings (2008 to current)
~ Featured as an actor ( backing vocalist in a wedding band) in a movie set to be released Spring 2013 called, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" Directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio., Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5-m9gzNufY
~Featured lead vocalist and amongst backing vocalists and songwriters for independent jazz/r&b group out of North Jersey: Full Blast, on their cds:
“Full Blast: the Band” (2007)
“Put You On Blast” (2010)
(Brainchild of and produced by Milton “Rev” Jones for KoKoSun Productions)
~ Released her very first solo album in 1994 entitled, “Bless The Day”. The cd shares Saundra’s emotional writing and vocal styling while it also served as a creative release realizing that she would soon lose a loved one. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/saundra
~ Featured on world-reknowned bassist/author, Victor Wooten’s latest cd release entitled, "Words and Tones" (2012), singing lead and/or bgvs and co-wrote the songs:
"I Love To Hear You Laugh"
Also recorded and toured with The Victor Wooten Band (2005-2009)
Featured amongst lead vocalists, backing vocalists and songwriters on songs on his cds
"Soul Circus" (2005)
(This video clip below is from an impromptu performance with Victor and drummer J.D. Blair at B.B.Kings in NYC. during Victor Wooten's, "Two Minds, One Groove" Tour) (2010)
~ Provided backing vocals for most of the songs on the debut cd entitled; “From The heart” (2008) from singer/songwriter/musician/producer; ‘Tayvon’
LTPD Record Company Inc.
~Featured on 'complimentary vocals' on the new single and video for, "Hold Me Sweetly" from upcoming jazz musician/singer "Monet" from Brooklyn, NY. See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AJMuIXwqM8
~ One of the featured lead vocalists for The Joshua Schneider Easy Bake Orchestra out of Brooklyn, NY -- Vid is first time I sang with them in Jan 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL6KjZdb0kg&list=FLYTMWKkgbOG4IsAb4WbNHAg&index=211&feature=plpp_video
~Ocassionally with new singing star on the rise, Allen Stone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrhPnFofwSk&feature=plcp
~ Occassionally perform supporting vocals withThe One and Only, Mr. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, ((Dunham Records) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWhhPmPpepY&list=FLYTMWKkgbOG4IsAb4WbNHAg&index=147&feature=plpp_video
~ Backing vocals on Amy Winehouses' Post-humous recording, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjvHEzi5-tw
~ Featured backing vocalist along with soul diva Sharon Jones for PHISH 3D concert and Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrbdtsLSy0Y
~ Performed backing vocals along with Starr Duncan (SJDK) in Sierra Leone, West Africa at a historical first time appearance concert there by reggae artist, Nasio Fontaine in 1995:
~Provided voiceover for hit sensation SonyPlaystation video game, "Parappa The Rappa". Her character is 'Inspector Mooselini". UK voted this game #3 of all time.
Wiki link game description and stats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PaRappa_the_Rapper
Youtube link of my actual rap in the game. Inspector Mooselini comes in at 2:15: http://youtu.be/H2YdZbPtGew
House/Dance records out in the mid-late 80's early 90's;*"Free Girl" 1986 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wYJscChlC8
*"I Want it, I Need It, Real Love"1994 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfV3qDoBcpY&feature=related
(Made Billboard dance Charts in 1994)
*"Unconditionally" 1994-95 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ544pW4CBk&list=FLYTMWKkgbOG4IsAb4WbNHAg&index=92&feature=plpp_video
~ First international show with her own cover band in Yokohama, Japan in 1990 (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=saundra+williams+and+the+force&oq=saundra+williams+and+the+force&gs_l=youtube.3...32043.34960.0.35241.13.13.0.0.0.0.93.718.104.22.168...0.0...1ac.1.pCna69W0wy0
Discography coming soon: