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Lori Williams, called a “dynamic presence” (JazzTimes) and “the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald” (, has a superb, melodic voice certain to “bring a tear of joy (or more) to your eye for sure” (Improvijazzation Nation).  She believes in her motto “Words are powerful. Speak wisely”; and has found her voice in the music she passionately shares. Lori’s third CD – Behind the Smiles – is a romantic collection, embodying a seamless mix of Jazz, Inspiration and Soul music. “Her choices of lyrical themes are those that touch the human soul,” Phil Perry.  
Lori’s creative process has been characterized as a ‘Love Supreme’, offering a relatable musical experience for everyone who hears her.  She is a singer’s singer with over 30 years on the professional scene. She also surrounds herself with the crème de la crème of musicians on every CD project and live performance. The listener is taken on a captivating musical journey. 
“Lori…can seamlessly move from Jazz to R&B where the listener can feel at home with her in either genre,” Terri Lyne Carrington, Grammy Award Winning Jazz Drummer/Producer/ Composer.  “If you’d like to hear sensual tones encompassing beautiful colors and sublime phrasing…listen to Lori Williams,” Maysa, Incognito/Grammy Nominated International Singer.
Lori Williams is the mother of Lauren V. Highsmith and Yusef Khalil Chisholm. Lori is an award winning Music Educator, International Jazz Vocalist, Vocal Jazz Clinician, and 2014 Helen Hayes nominee (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical for her role as Ella Fitzgerald in “Ladies Swing the Blues: A Jazz Fable”). She has released three CDs on Pacific Coast Jazz ~ Healing Within (2010); Eclipse of the Soul (2012); and Behind the Smiles (2016).  
“In the ever-crowded field of jazz vocalists, it is always such a pleasure to encounter an artist who stands out in the crowd,” Willard Jenkins, DC Jazz Festival Artistic Director. Lori Williams is the real deal. 
March 4, 2017 
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta – Buckhead
3342 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Lori Williams is scheduled to perform for the 4th Annual Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Awards
March 24, 2017 
Westminster DC
400 I Street, SW, Washington, DC
Lori Williams is scheduled to perform with Benjie Porecki, Mark Prince, Michael Bowie, and Tracey Cutler
Friday Night Jazz
6-9 PM
April 15 – 29, 2017
Various Venues
Lori Williams is scheduled to perform in Russia and Ukraine
Spring Jazz Tour
June 16, 2017
DC Jazz Festival at Yards Park
Capital River Front
355 Water St SE, Washington, DC
Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood begins with a free concert on Friday, June 16 at 5:00 pm with two stellar vocalists: Lori Williams and Ola Onabulé. 
July 9 – July 16, 2017
Summer European Jazz Tour
Lori Williams is scheduled to perform at the Poysdorf Jazz & Wine Summer Festival and conduct vocal jazz workshops.
Poysdorf, Austria


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