Photo Credit to Dana Williams (Instagram) Article by Megan Vineberg
Singer/songwriter Dana Williams’ newest release, entitled “Knife” is truthfully emotional and soulful, like much of her previous work. She never fails to pack the punch with each new track, seemingly showing us a different side to her every time. Dana really seems to navigate within the low key audience space, garnering both an intimate loyal following, and attracting bigger names in the industry to her brand. “Knife” tells a story, reflecting on the recent past of a relationship gone sour. Haven’t we all been there at some point?
Too much of anything, even something good, can turn rotten. That’s exactly the experience Dana is describing here. It’s easy to mask the pain behind a situation once we’ve realized we’re at a dead end, that something has changed, but still wanting the potential. “Change can be scary/so much to repair,” she says, knowing full well what she was getting herself into. In order to preserve her comfort zone, Dana lies to herself, sticking by the person whose influence brings nothing good. Upon my first listen, I noticed these lines specifically in the song that reads:
“I lie to myself but this time I knew that I needed an out” / “I’m used to the madness”
These lines are imperative to the song’s underlying meaning, finding peace of mind after a vicious cycle of on-again, off-again, which, frankly, can be applied to any situation. The best thing about Dana’s music is the subject matter—feelings we all experience, ranging from perfectionism, to grief, and frustration at that inner critic that never seems to pipe down. With a trained ear, Dana’s work ethic shines through easily on her compositions. The difference between Dana and other artists out there today is that she pours her heart out in her music, and allows that vulnerability to help others rather than trying to get revenge on someone, or only caring about getting paid. Dana uses her voice to speak about things that matter, consistently and sincerely posting about the Black Lives Matter movement, inclusive with petition and donation links, and it seems to run in the family! Check out any of her sister Davida’s posts and you find much of the same thing: insightful, inspirational posts that make you think and want to do better.
THE WILLIAMS FAMILY
Dana Williams is a singer/songwriter who hails from Los Angeles, and to understand who Dana is, we must go back to her roots. Dana was born into a family of entertainers. Her father David Williams (pictured below), was quite the legendary producer and rhythm guitarist (for a variety of big names you would know: Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations). You might also recognize her sister Davida, an actress who starred in the ever-popular Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire as “Claire.”
Dana’s been perfecting her craft since childhood, and it shows in her presentation. She started out writing with the encouragement of her father, who would bring home existing demo tracks for her to practice writing over. In time, she took up poetry, and even began playing guitar herself, following in her late father’s footsteps. Dana released her debut single “Keep Me Waiting,” featured on the Oscar-Winning film, “Whiplash” soundtrack. Although quite expansive, Dana’s inspiration largely draws from the greats of soul and folk such as Billie Holiday, Norah Jones, and Nina Simone. Since starting digital distribution, she has released one song every month within the last year. Talk about impressive!
The very first single I heard of Dana’s was, “Silly Words,” and I was immediately blown away by the depth of emotion in her voice. My favorite, though, has always been “Hard,” a song I decided to feature on my Instagram Story Highlights, under “Locals.”
Watch the official music video here:
Her music can be found here: