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“Organizing Black Power To Create Change Through Music, Drives US Singer-Songwriter-Performer Cole Williams Every Minute of Every Day"- Medium

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ABOUT


“...the heart of Bob Marley, the soul of Sam Cooke, and the grit of Etta James."
-Huffington Post

The "Grande Dame of RnB/Soul”, Cole Williams is a Brooklyn native and founder of The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team and is in the vanguard of the social justice movement for The Houseless community in New Orleans. Currently based in New Orleans, this Jamaican-American singer, WWOZ host, composer, actress, songwriter, producer, percussionist, and organizer, is described by HuffPost as having “the heart of Bob Marley, soul of Sam Cooke, and grit of Etta James”.After releasing her single, A Better Woman in 2023, Cole gained international recognition on the UK charts and BBC6, and she received recognition in the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition as a semifinalist. Her album with her New Orleans-based collective, The Cole Williams Band, Give Power To The People (2021), incorporated elements of R&B, gospel, ska, and social justice-fueled lyrics, establishing her as a vanguard in the Freedom Movement.

“Acclaimed, genre-defying artist ."
-Grateful Web

Cole's sound is a gumbo of reggae, soul, world, and R&B genres on her early studio albums, The Basement Sessions (2007), Out Of The Basement, Out Of The Box (2012), Sin City (2016), and The Punk Empress Of African Rock: Testimony (2018), the last of which was a collection of singles and collaborations for her anniversary compilation album. During her musical career, Cole has collaborated with many artists, such as Joey Bada$$, Nickedeumus, Somi, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Aloe Blacc.In recognition of her talent, Williams received a Best of the Beat Nomination for Best Female Vocalist from OffBeat Magazine in 2017. She is a certified leader In Nonprofits by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Her debut performance at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival in 2016 with The Cole Williams Band ranked her as a New Orleans music community member.

Acclaimed, genre-defying artist Cole Williams will be joining Big Easy Cruise as co-host

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Aside from music, Cole is known for her leadership in humanitarian causes, entrepreneurial ventures, and education. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Worldwide Partnerships and Houseless initiative The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team with support from Trader Joe’s; she is currently hosting a weekly program on WWOZ. Her monthly podcast, House The Houseless: Music And Action is powered by Ropeadope Records.Cole has also ventured into acting, appearing in NCIS New Orleans (2020, 2019). She was appointed a leader in nonprofits by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) in 2017.

“The Grande Dame Of R&B/Soul"
-Medium

William's vocal performances have been featured on CoverGirl, and JCPenney: and TV shows as prominent as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Great Day Louisiana, and The Jools Holland Show, and her performance highlights include Joshua Tree Music Festival, World Cafe Live, BAM Cafe Live, and Blue Note NYC. Cole has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, HuffPost, Medium, Glide Magazine, Wax Poetics, NME, AfroPunk, New Orleans Magazine, and Offbeat Magazine.

PRESS

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“Feels like a classic of traditional 70s soul" -
T.R. Johnson, WWOZ

Cole Williams’ newest song is a rallying call for people to “Organize”

Nearly 300 Songs That Will Take Over Your Life (Side 7), By Darryl Sterdan

The 2023 Unsigned Only Music Competition recently unveiled its list of semi-finalists, and among the standout talents is Cole Williams, the Jamaican-American multidisciplinary soul singer based in New Orlean

"...one of the finest Retro Soul releases in 2022 already much in demand and receiving lots of play.'

Punk empress of African Rock Cole Williams premieres new single "Free"'

Nickodemus Offers a Thrilling Tribute to Nina Simone on "Obeah Woman"
Kiko Navarro and Cole Williams also contribute to this dynamic rework

Musician Cole Williams Helps Launch Homeless Advocacy Initiative

"A Better Woman" Top 40 Of 2022 On Global Soul Radio

"...New Orleans singer, activist, and humanitarian, Cole Williams, to compose 2 original songs that both reflect classic soul and funk while representing modern aesthetics."

The Cole Williams Band demand your attention with ‘Give Power To The People

Afropunk member Cole Williams’s track “Occupy Yourself” wins the honor of being one of the few songs with Occupy in the title that doesn’t come off as hopelessly shoehorned.

Black Grooves - Cole Williams – Believe

Alternative Blues, Soul, Reggae, Funk, Ska, Soul… That’s what Cole Williams has on the menu for ya.

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Becoming The Queen'

Interview with New Orleans based “Punk Empress” Cole Williams'

This Punk-Rock Empress Shows Off Her Bluesy Roots In Summertime Single ["Free"]

COLE WILLIAMS BAND COVERS SAM COOKE

Interview: Cole Williams On Empowering Youth Through Storytelling

Cole Williams Unsigned Only Semi-Finalist

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A Better Woman

"...this is a heartwarming tune of love and hope. And with her velveteen vocals stroking the melody, this soulful groove is a pure delight for your ears.'

Coachella Valley Weekly - Cole Williams at Joshua Tree Music Festival

Cole Williams Releases 10th Anniversary Retrospective (Album Stream)

This story was told on May 23rd, 2018 in the New Orleans Sculpture Garden, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The event was in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the theme of the evening was “A Queen Within." Here, Cole Williams talks of coming from a private family, and learning how to find, and speak her truth.

Cole Williams (Pimps Of Joytime) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (Antibalis) recently joined each other in the studio

"Let’s Hear it for the… is a place where we get to showcase some of the great new songs coming to us from a few incredibly talented solo artists/songwriters/musicians from all around the world."

Cole Williams Band at French Quarter Festival

Liberating Housing Podcast

Democracy Now - Top U.S. & World Headlines — May 20, 2020

**Meet the new WWOZ New Orleans Music Show Hosts: Cole Williams **

An Interview With the Punk Empress of African Rock, COLE WILLIAMS!'

Cole Williams Nominated For Best Female Vocalist: Best Of The Beat Awards

Cole Williams Is Taking Over NOLA! 5 Ways To See Her This Month

**Brooklyn-based artist Cole Williams released the video for her intense track ‘Shit Don’t Get Happened’.

Cole Williams hosts House The Houseless Music And Action (Ropeadope Records)

PODCAST

A monthly live-stream on YouTube.com/@ropeadope99 & YouTube.com/@offbeatmagazine

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DISCOGRAPHY


“Just heard on Craig Charles on BBC Radido6. what a great song!"

Albums2024: How We Care For Humanity (Four Corner Records)
2024: The Grande Dame Of Soul: Testify (Four Corner Records)
2024: Organize EP (Four Corner Records)
2021: Give Power To The People (TMWW Records)
2019: BeLlieVe (Louisiana Red Hot Records)
2017: The Punk Empress Of African Rock: Testimony
2016: Sin City
2012: Out Of The Basement, Out Of The Box
2011: Out Of The Basement, Part 1
2007: The Basement Sessions EP
Singles
2024: Peaches Manifest (Four Corner Records)
2024: Organize (Four Corner Records)
2023: Who Cares For The Houseless On The Holidays (Four Corner Records)
2023: A Better Woman Humanity Mix (Four Corner Records)
2023: A Better Woman Stoop Mix (Four Corner Records)
2023: A Better Woman (Golden Rules)
2023: The Golden Road (Four Corner Records)
2022: A Better Woman/Organize Vinyl 45 (Soul Tune)
2022: How We Care For Humanity (TMWW Records)
2019: Believe (Louisiana Red Hot Records)
2018: A Change Is Gonna Come
2017: Free
2015: Peaches ‘N Herb
2013: Shit Don’t Get Happened
2012: Why
2012: The Box
2011: Little Me
Appears On
2023: The Originals V3 (Golden Rules)
2022: White On Black Crime - Cole Williams Band
2022: Dear, Love - Cole Williams Band
2021: Give Power To The People - Cole Williams Band
2021: Obeah Woman - Nickodemus
2021: Sign Of The Times - Cole Williams Band feat. Corey Henry
2016: I’m In My Own Lane - Mr. Complex
2016: Baby C’mon - Corey Henry
2016: Lapeitah - Corey Henry
2016: Like Wow - Salme Dahlstrom
2015: Curry Chicken - Joey Bada$$
2015: 30th Anniversary Compilation: Rock ‘N Roll Reparations - Black Rock Coalition
2015: Jukestone Paradise - Pimps Of Joytime
2015: American Dreamers - People's Champs
2014: Booty Text - Pimps Of Joytime
2013: I Love Your Ooh - Salme Dahlstrom
2012: Breakfast - Chiddy Bang
2012: C’mon Y’all - Salme Dahlstrom
2011: Let's Do it Again (Over and Over) - Great Weekend
2011: People's Champs - People's Champs
2009: Bible Belt - Diane Birch
2004: Red Soil In My Eyes - Somi

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“...a perfect platform for Cole's sweet and hypnotizing voice."
-The Vinyl Drop

Cole "Empress" Williams and The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team

GIVE POWER TO THE PEOPLE &
The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team


In 2020 I founded The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team because of my strong belief in treating all people with dignity and respect.Under the guidance of my mentor, the late Curtis Muhammad, we demonstrated and demanded shelter for the unhoused. Along with other New Orleans-based activists, we were successful; however, our goal has always been creating a space where unhoused people can have access to long-term housing.

Cole "Empress" Williams and The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team

In the summer of 2020 organizers and unhoused partners reclaimed a city-owned blighted property in Central City, New Orleans, and began making renovations with donations and volunteer support while teaching our unhoused partners marketable skills.In December 2023, NORA, a nonprofit assigned to manage and auction blighted property and land attempted to destroy our program. They demolished the stairs we built and boarded up the door to restrict our access.

Cole "Empress" Williams and The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team

Today we continue to work with the unhoused by offering food support. To date, we have distributed over 8,000 bags of groceries to the unhoused and at-risk community in Central City, New Orleans.

Cole "Empress" Williams and The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team

"If the City of New Orleans is against gentrification, why are they hoarding and withholding land instead of using it to house The Unhoused? If the City of New Orleans is for The Culture why don’t they support The Greater New Orleans Citizens Relief Team's action and solution to the housing crisis; to continue renovating blighted homes with the unhoused persons that will live in them?"

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MUSIC SHOP


Shop Albums, Singles, and Ringtones.All purchases will be redirected to Four Corner Records for order fulfillment. Physical orders ship within 7 days of placement.

Organize

Occupy Yourself

A Better Woman Stoop Mix
(remix)

Who Cares For The Houseless On The Holidays

Out Of The Basement, Part 1

Out Of The Basement, Out Of The Box

A Better Woman

The Golden Road

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Wade In The Water

Peaches 'N Herb

He's My Man

Sin City, the mixtape

Give Power To The People

Shit Don't Get Happened

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Out Of The Basement, Out Of The Box
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Cole "Empress" Williams - photographed by Michael Alford in New Orleans, Louisiana.

VIDEO


“It's like a sunny day in a song!"

Cole Williams

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