Written by Imani Wj Wright
Pitch control can be taught, songwriting can be cultivated, and even the use of musical color can be sculpted. However, it's not as easy, and maybe not even possible, to have a vocal timbre like Dana Williams'.
While listening to her latest release, "Knife," there are a few attributes that truly stood out to me. Check out the sheer atmosphere on this thing.
The opening measures present us with only, Dana's voice and minimal instrumentation. This immediately puts Dana's vocals in the forefront. The engineering throughout this composition, ensures that her voice undoubtedly leads. And with the vibrato and tonal quality of Williams, we're all here for it.
Williams told SwanoDown:
"Writing has always been a cathartic experience for me. I'm an introvert, so it's the easiest way for me to express myself. I try to write what I'm feeling and not worry too much about what it will make other people feel. I think that whoever has, or is experiencing what it feels like to break out of a toxic situation will gravitate toward the emotion behind the song."
That experience that Dana mentions is potently expressed within Knife. Not only through her storytelling/songwriting, but from the fervor of her performance.
"Writing has always been a really personal way for me to express myself. I generally write what I'm feeling at the moment and hope that people will be able to relate to what I'm going through."
Listen to Dana Williams' latest single, Knife: