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Iman Williams


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"The Women's Issue"

To all so-called artists: This is her challenge to you. Make real music and forget the business’s objective to just sell records. There’s nothing more disappointing when you think an artist is genuine and their lyrics represent bogus artistic creativity. Iman, an artist of caliber, is music. She grew up with music, lives for music and since 5th grade she’s been creating music; so it just might be safe to say that she’s the beginning of a challenge worth considering.

Classifying herself as a soul artist is a heavy weight to carry. There is so much to deliver and the passion goes beyond surface singing; soul music is seen and heard from the inside out. “The energy that I dispense from my music is coming directly from my soul. It’s my lyrics, my harmony that I put in my music that makes it soul music.”

She’s the cousin of Clarence Carter of the Alabama Blind Boys and Leroy Fleming, trumpeter for the late James Brown. Therefore, her musical roots are deep. Growing up she attended a performing arts high school, there she dabbled in playing the flute, the piano and was a part of the chorus. Classical and jazz were her backgrounds and along with her formal education. She’d go home to get a taste of an even more cultural understanding. “My mom is a big Beatles and Rolling Stones fan. My dad is mostly into the Blues, Soul, and Motown era so I definitely got a lot of them in me and didn’t know it until later on in my adult life. I grew up listening to whatever was on TV at first because I’m an 80’s baby and I studied MTV.”

Despite her musical background, Iman didn’t really think she was going to become a singer/songwriter. Her initial passion is drawing. “I always thought as kid, I would be a cartoonist or later I would be a fashion designer because my God given talent was drawing. I still draw till this day. People mostly know me as an artist; those that grew up with me at least. I didn’t really start trying to pursue music until junior high.”

Perhaps this is why soul music is her calling. The skills she possesses are deeper than an interest. Soul is defined as the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body. Alone, that statement would describe Iman. Her principle of life is music, her raison d’être. The only vice she states for an artist to express themselves is through music and lyrical content. How else can you communicate with your listeners or the unknown that seek to understand? “Being open is important, it’s necessary so your listeners/fans get the opportunity to know who you are as a human being as well as an artist.”

Openness is the first approach, yes. Authenticity has always been a struggle for artists. When they are faced with choosing between record deals or continuing their true passion of just expressing for anyone that will listen; that openness is tested. Hip hop is no novice to that idea. What started out as self expression, a holla if you hear me approach to the ills of the urban community established a beautiful essence in what we now consider conscious hip hop. But, we all know how that story ends, or presently stands. For Iman, her foundation is rooted in hip hop. “That’s my whole reason for doing music in the first place. In the immortal words of KRS-One I Am Hip-Hop! I grew up listening to A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, so I have to show my appreciation for them. I’m not a rapper but will drop 16 bars every now and then. I wouldn’t appreciate the music I listen to now if it wasn’t for me going through my older brother and sister’s music.”

As a female artist that openness becomes much broader. Image is always questioned. What’s real, who’s real anymore? We’ve all gotten used to carbon copies and dressed up approaches in being “real”, “down to earth” and “rebel sista” to the max. ENOUGH! It’s tiring and old. This is the challenge Iman represents, and to the ladies…it’s mostly for you. It starts now and with Iman, this is the first step in creating her own musical lineage. In her words, the challenge’s manifesto:

“Be yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you what’s right for you. Do what feels natural and find good role models like Mc Lyte, India.Arie, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, and others who exude sexiness but don’t let sexiness over power their mind and their ability to be heard. Be women with soul, range and style, not a provocative noise maker. Don’t just sell me your garbage song that you came up with in 10 seconds. Give me food for thought. Give me something that hasn’t already been a lucrative asset in this business and has longevity.”

As told by: Simone Banks - Scheme Issue


The Long Journey Back to Reality Pt.1 EP (2006)

Planetarium LP (2009)

Take Your Time (Single) DJ Jamad/Nicolay Mixtape

Planetarium (Single) (2008)

Funky 4 Dilla (Single) Mixtape (2007)

Fall in Love (Single) (2004)

Soulmate feat. AB (Single) (2004)

You Are feat. Nebulus (Single) (2006)



"Give me food for thought. Give me something that hasn't already been a lucrative asset in this business and has longevity." Iman Williams Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, southern groove was no stranger to young Iman. As long as she can remember, music has been a part of her life. The love cycle started at an adolescent age playing the piano, writing songs, singing and ruining her father's funk records by trying to scratch them. Despite her initial interests, music was a family legacy. James Brown's trumpet player Leroy Fleming and Blind Blues man Clarence Carter definitely paved a path for Iman to consider….soul music. Music is only ½ of her talent. "People mostly know me as a visual artist." Her God given talent has always been drawing, and yet, Iman still manages to balance both her passion for a visual outlet and perfecting her musical expression. Major influences came from the decade she was born into; the 80s. Iman found a lot of comfort in music presented by Peter Gabriel, Madonna, David Lee Roth, Paula Abdul, Talking Heads, Whitney Houston, and The Cars. With more recent artists, Iman found inspiration in Lauryn Hill, Parliament/Funkadelic, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, The Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Roy Ayers, Jaydee aka Dilla, Aretha Franklin, Main Source, Alice and John Coltrane, The Beatles, Grace Jones, PM DAWN, Erykah Badu, Al Green, and D'Angelo. Iman is soul music, radiating its echo from the inside out. Her sound has been described as fresh, inviting and intimate. She's the beginning to a genre unclassifiable. "The energy that I dispense from my music is coming directly from my soul. It's my lyrics, my harmony that I put in my music that makes it soul music." From Alabama to West Oakland, CA to where she now resides, Atlanta, GA; she's graced the stage of many venues continuously perfecting her sound that many equate as down-to-earth, honest and ultra realistic. Since 2005 Iman has left remnants of her endearing sound at venues such as Fox and Hound in Alabama, Club 6 in San Francisco, Apaché Café, D'Jango, Café 290, Justin's, De Shrine and Sugarhill in Atlanta, GA. She's also been a featured act for Ynot: Montgomery, AL, I Heart You/I Love Underground Music: Oakland, CA and Soul of Pride: San Francisco, CA. To experience Iman Williams is to witness a soulful elevation. Catch her on the upcoming Reebok Germany Music Compilation put together by Jay Scarlett and Stephan P for Amp Soul Generation and also on This is Soul 2006 Compilation through Expansion Records/SoulBrother Records. For press and general inquires: Contact, Simone Banks For Booking Inquires: Contact, Anthony Scott