Dawn Michelle Williams reveals her true heart and soul at the piano. She plays the keys like they are an extension of herself – bold, stunning, and vulnerable. The sweeping melodies she writes stir a sense of liberation and deep joy, with music that is both simple and complex. Soft instrumental touches breathe life into the piano’s voice throughout her music.
From the graceful and elegant beauty of “Where I Belong” to big, bold percussionist sounds that collide with the piano in the daring “Mine for the Taking,” there is something very exciting taking place. As one who has studied under pianists who have both made her cry and have cried with her, Dawn knows how to awaken that wide spectrum of human emotions at the piano keys. Whether teaching a young girl or improvising blues on an old honky-tonk upright, Dawn uses music to probe, communicate, and inspire.
Dawn learned at an early age to push boundaries when she discovered the art of improvisation. She began with a church hymnal, threading her own notes and chords into familiar melodies. She discovered Rag time and Spanish dances, melodies with spark and hints of spontaneity. Making new sounds was a skill that fit her, because in it she discovered an exciting new way to express herself and claim music as her own.
In her fun-loving spirit, Dawn created her first album, “Christmas Dreams,” while still in college. It was only meant to be a Christmas gift for her parents, but when they started making copies for others, Dawn was inspired to keep going. She recorded another album of her own hymn arrangements, “Inspirations.” Now, she is on a quest to record her first serious full length album. Working with producer Billy Smiley (White Heart, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Newsboys) and sound engineer Billy Whittington (Mixing engineer for Amy Grant, Denice Williams, and Vince Gill), out of Nashville, TN, she is creating the songs on a higher level of quality, with the depth and production values her songs require. With the help of professional musicians and engineers she is starting to realize the heights her music can reach.
For Dawn, making music is just as much about tapping into imagination as it is about tapping into reality.
In her own words, “Let the music come.”