Passionate. Honest. Raw. Emotional. Incisive. Powerful.
All of these words have been used to describe the music and performance of singer-songwriter and award-winning artist Emmett Williams. His energetic live shows have entertained people throughout the United States and Europe. As Peter Cooper of the Nashville Tennessean describes, “Emmett Williams is a gentle, unassuming guy, but he’s got some strange quirks: he professes equal appreciation for punk rock and country music, he won’t perform sitting down, and he is completely incapable of performing at less than impassioned levels of emotion.”
On February 8, 2011, Emmett will release “They Understand Gravity”...a cd that continues his habit of writing intimate yet intoxicating songs about the intricacies of the human spirit. From “Tuesday Morning” to “Answers to Everything” to “Floating”, Emmett explores everyday life with a poignancy uncommon in most songwriting. Added to this are covers of Bruce Springsteen and REM that fit perfectly with Emmett’s intense, eclectic and compelling original songs.
Originally from St. Louis, Emmett cut his musical teeth playing in bands during stops in Philadelphia, New York, Istanbul and London. While his influences run the musical spectrum of punk, funk, rock, and country, he found his calling as a folksinger. But he has yet to be pigeonholed into any musical category. As David Browne from Entertainment Weekly states, “Emmett Williams is a singer-songwriter, but that’s where the cliché’s end.”
Emmett also refuses to stick to one artistic medium. Besides releasing his third record, he is also a documentary filmmaker, exhibited photographer, and multimedia artist.
Whichever way Emmett decides to tells his stories, it is promised that his audience will be both entertained and inspired. As Lisa Bornstein of the Rocky Mountain News said, “In every Emmett Williams song, there's a quality that reaches out, grabs the listener and lets go only on the last note.
Emmett Williams - Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, mandolin, Ukelele
2001 - Far From Home
2004 - A Place To Stand
2009 - Songs So Far
2011 - They Understand Gravity
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"Emmett Williams is a singer-songwriter, but that’s where the clichés end. Here is sensitivity witho..."Emmett Williams is a singer-songwriter, but that’s where the clichés end. Here is sensitivity without the sap, political observations without the hectoring, melodies without the mustiness."
- David Browne, Entertainment Weekly
“Emmett Williams is a gentle, unassuming guy, but he’s got some strange quirks: he professes equal appreciation for punk rock and country music, he won’t perform music sitting down, and he is completely incapable of performing at less than impassioned levels of emotion.”
- Peter Cooper, Music Writer - Nashville Tennessean
“Sometimes it's the gentle yet incisive voice, sometimes it's the percussive guitar, sometimes it's the stirring lyrics. But in every Emmett Williams song, there's a quality that reaches out, grabs the listener and lets go only on the last note.”
- Lisa Bornstein, Critic, Rocky Mountain News
“ A powerful and passionate performer who always delivers an entertaining and thought-provoking show"
- Acoustic Routes UK
“Whether he’s playing solo acoustic or with his band, the music is fun, intense, eclectic, and powerful.”
- Jeff Dickson, www.musicconsultant.net
“Emmett’s songs take music and put it on the frontline struggle for justice. His voice is raw and true and rings with the sincerity of someone who’s been there.”
- San Francisco Liberation Radio
“…moving, his music causes us to take a look at where we’ve been and where we are going.”
- Gary Henderson - Spartanburg Herald Journal
“…an incredibly compelling performer…his lyrics are remarkably poignant”
- KCAW Radio, Sitka, Alaska