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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Instrumental pop pianist Dawn Michelle Williams and her band take the stage with Bill Jordan, WRAL’s former morning show radio personality, to share the joy of the Christmas season.

Trained classically, but with unleashed contemporary creativity, Dawn adds spark and imagination to treasured Christmas melodies. This year’s performance weaves cherished Christmas stories with the music of the season. Dawn’s music and Bill’s narration combine to create a new, heart-warming Christmas tradition for your family.

With so many sights and sounds it’s sure to be a great time for the whole family! Check out the Preview Video!

Hallelujah

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to record a music video of “Hallelujah”. What an experience! I am amazed by all the helping hands that came together to make this possible. From the incredible production team, to the generous family who owned the piano and property where we filmed, to the loving support and extra set of hands provided by my husband and dear friend, it was an experience for which I am most thankful!

Why this song? As an instrumentalist, it’s most often the melodies and harmonies that most catch my attention and draw me to a piece of music. While the beautiful chord structure of the original song is very familiar in our ears, in my arrangement of the piece, I’ve tried to take it on a journey of sorts – through different moods, to unexpected keys, and back again.

A Little Deeper: The word “Hallelujah,” is simply an expression of praise. What I love about this song is that through all it’s simple moments, it’s expressive movements, it’s darkness, it’s rises and falls, there is this constant echo of “Hallelujah.” What better example of how to live life could we have? It’s easy to be thankful in the simple, sweet moments. But even through the darkness, in the struggles, there is still a light shining for us on the other end.

There is always a reason to sing “Hallelujah.”

January 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The New Year is underway and that always prompts me to think over the past year and appreciate it’s joys, contemplate the coming year, set goals and make plans.

Recording, releasing, and performing my Christmas album “Wonder: Songs for the Season” was most certainly one of the most ambitious, most challenging, yet most invigorating projects I have ever tackled. I can’t say I loved every moment along the way, but seeing it all come together and hearing the responses from the listeners makes it a rewarding experience.

That project was the biggie- but that’s not the typical day for me. So much more real life happens outside of the recording and performing.

Last fall, my dear friend and talented writer, Kate Meadows, interviewed me for her blog series that features artists and writers. I was honored to be included and have her share a little behind-the-scenes look into my life as a musician. While I SHOULD have shared this with you all when it first came out, I’m actually happy to share it now as I’m willing to bet, if your life is anything like mine, things are a little slower for you now and you may actually have time to read! Read the full interview here!

What your music like?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I get this question a lot and I have a tough time answering it. My style doesn’t fit cleanly into any one category. But that’s a good thing, right? It’s called C-R-E-A-T-I-V-I-T-Y!

I’m both honored and humbled to have received a 5 star rating on a recent review of my Christmas album! You can catch the whole review here: Music Review

Here are a couple snippets from the review that are about individual tracks. Take a listen. What do you hear?

“Prelude” is the first track and is a whirlwind of musical sensations and is one of the two original works on the album. A cold wintery blast to get you in the mood for the holidays, this short composition is bursting with seasonal wonder and hope. Piano movements, bells, electric guitar and percussion elements marry well and give a host of good tidings to all.

“The Little Drummer Boy” is unlike any other piece on the album. With a decided Middle Eastern flair, this piece encapsulates the journey of the Little Drummer Boy as he travels to see the Christ child in the manger. Fraught with danger and wonderment, this piece has the traditional flavor, but using musical improvisations, Williams was able to make it quite unique. The percussive elements, electric guitar, strident piano playing, multi-instrumentation and foot tapping rhythm inspired me to play this song over and over again.

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is the last song on the album. The pensive electric guitar, ringing of the bells, percussion, elegant chimes and piano whirl together in a wintery song that speaks to the season. The snow falls, reminding us relationships, not shopping lists are what is important. As we go about our hectic lives, jostling through crowded shopping malls and highways, remember what this season really stands for. The joyful love of that new puppy you took in from the cold or the steady gaze of your husband or wife as they capture your eyes in an elusive moment of quiet. Family. Relationships. These are the gifts we should be most thankful for. This is the star that tops the tree and shines brightly in this season of wonder.

Slow Down. Experience. Appreciate.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I’m sure you’ve noticed. The red and green are popping up in stores. The decor is beginning to sparkle with silver and gold. Some of you are thrilled and some of you aren’t.

I won’t lie- I’m one of those who’s ecstatic about the fast approaching Christmas season. Having the new album of holiday music and preparing for the upcoming concerts is part of it. But not all. There’s more to it than that.

My brother, his wife, and 2 small children spent the past weekend at my house. Before their visit, while I was excited to have them come, I kept running through my to-do list and thinking of all the work that had to be done. I kept thinking that the timing was bad. Couldn’t their visit be at a different time of year? This is my “work-hard and git’er-done” season. Make my list, check it twice. Check it off.

But now, reflecting on the weekend, the timing was perfect. Spending time with them and playing with my niece and nephew was the exact reminder I needed as we plow into Thanksgiving and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It’s not the stuff. Not the shopping. Not the checklists. Those things aren’t wrong, they’re just not the main point.
Relationships on the other hand, They matter. They take time. And they’re worth investing in.

Slow down.

Experience.

Appreciate.

A (Rare) Quiet Moment

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A little peek into my home life this month– For whatever reason, my husband talked me into and I agreed to get a puppy this fall.  We’ve talked about it a lot over the years, but always said it wasn’t the right time.  Well, an opportunity presented itself, we went with it, and now are the parents of a 4 month old Australian Shepherd named Samba.  While he does bring a lot of fun and laughter there’s no shortage of challenges also.  Raising a puppy is no joke! 

But we shared a sweet moment yesterday that made my heart melt a little.  Samba had turned up his rowdiness, but I had some piano practicing to do before the day was finished.  I took him in the piano room with me.  After a few minutes of piano playing he proceeded to sit down next to the piano, curl up, and chill out!!  We may have to try this tactic more often!  Win-Win, I say!  Piano for me, and quiet time for the puppy!

Hmmmm… If it works for the puppy, maybe it’ll work for you too!  Wink, wink. 😉  By the way, there’s a new piano album for the holidays coming SOOOOON!   It’s a great backdrop for the most beautiful, but busy, season and an easy gift for all the busy people in your life who need a relaxing moment!  Check out the preview here!  Blessings!

 

 

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

It seems summer has left us as quickly as it arrived! I reluctantly turned my calendar (yes, a paper one!) to September and could hardly believe it.

This summer I had the awesome privilege of spending a week in Nashville, TN recording with an incredibly talented crew of musicians. I recorded 11 of my favorite Christmas songs which will all be a part of my upcoming album entitled “Wonder: Songs for the Season.” If you have my first album, the bonus track, “Carol of the Bells,” will also be included on this new album! I’ve been getting back my final mixes for review and everything is just about set.

I.CAN’T.WAIT. And even more, I can’t wait to share it with YOU!

The CD will be available in October, and my band and I are prepping to bring you the songs LIVE in December! Watch my website for details and to get tickets.

Dawn with producer, Billy Smiley, cheering at the end of a productive week!

Dawn with producer, Billy Smiley, cheering at the end of a productive week!


Dawn sorting through music charts to hand off to the drummer.

Dawn sorting through music charts to hand off to the drummer.

Get Creative!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

I.LOVE.SUMMER. One of my most favorite times of year! The weather is warmer, the pace is slower, and the colors are just a little brighter. My favorite way to start the day is with my coffee out on my deck surrounded by the green trees and the birds singing. It provides a moment of peace before my day officially begins.

My day runs smoother and I am more productive when I get that bit of quiet time outside. Maybe there’s something to that- I was just at a Creative Arts Expo and one of the speakers began his presentation by making us all look at his bright green file folder. Apparently, the color green is supposed to trigger the creative portion of your brain. Study participants who saw green before the test came up with the more interesting, imaginative answers.

Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, but whatever the case, I HAVE been getting creative over the last couple months and have begun working on music for my next album!! Due out this coming December I will have a brand new Christmas album ready to share with you all along with a Triangle area Christmas Tour.

The weather is warmer, the colors are brighter, the creative juices are flowing, and I can guarantee you that this summer the pace is definitely not slower. I’m ok with that. I cannot wait to share this next project with you!!

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Just wanted to share a quick video of one of my favorite Easter songs: “Redeemer” by Nicole C. Mullen.
Enjoy!

Spring Happenings

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Hey! Thanks for stopping by- so glad you’re here! This spring has been a busy one! Here are some neat things I’ve been up to:

– I had the privilege of traveling to Beijing, China and helping in an orphanage. Part music, part personal, but all a fabulous experience! I got to do something I absolutely love- share music with those sweet kiddos! We sang, danced, and played with egg shakers. Their smiles and giggles were precious!

– A great big THANKS to the town of Garner, NC for inviting us to be a part of their Showcase of Talent. What a great crowd! The band guys and I can’t wait to be back! (head to my youtube channel and check out video from the show!)

– I’m honored to have been asked to compose a piece in honor of my 2nd grade teacher! She is retiring this year and I am working on music for her lyrics. The piece will be performed at her retirement celebration in June.

Stay tuned!