It's often been said whatever
happened to Alyson Williams?
Well an update is on the cards I think and it's safe to say - nothing.
She has been on the DL (down low) but not completely out. Ever since
her debut set Raw in 1989 which
featured hits like the soothing ballad 'Just
Call My Name', 'I Need Your
Lovin' and 'Raw',
there's been few outings from this songstress (she had a release
called 'Alyson Williams' five
years later that never really saw the light of day on radio).
Alyson was born in Harlem,
NY, her father a swing band leader and her mother a dancer turned
nurse. Initially she started out as a dancer at the age of 4 and
even so much as went on to win a dance scholarship to Marymount
Manhattan College but soon realized her talent lies in her voice
rather than her feet.
Then at the young age of 20,
Alyson interned as the receptionist for the legendary Commodores,
which led to a job as the personal assistant to the band's celebrated
manager, Benny Ashburn. It was
here that Alyson really began to shine as well as doing session
work for the Commodores she
also worked with R&B diva Melba Moore,
Whodini and Evelyn
but it was her teaming up with rap pioneer Kurtis
Blow, that really paid off for her as she was credited
in recruiting R&B acts like Audrey
Wheeler and Joycelyn Brown
for his harmonies.
Getting that kind of attention
got Alyson noticed and in the early 80s she was asked to join the
group High Fashion which featured
a then unknown Melissa Morgan
(remember her, she had hits with a remake of Prince's
'Do Me Baby' and Fools
Paradise). She recorded two albums with the group and
it led to her desiring a solo career. She then signed with Def
Jam a label known mostly for it's rap acts and made history
in the process as she became the first R&B artist to be signed
on Russell Simmons' label and the rest is 'Raw'
Her latest effort features
a nice little gem called 'Got to Give A
Lil' Bit' that's not found on the domestic album but
on the Japanese version. The song is a shining example of Alyson's
measure as a singer with smooth vocals from the veteran singer with
very nice production in tow from jazz pianist Marcus
Johnson. Alyson finds her way around the quite well seeing
that she hasn't put out any new material for almost a decade and
delivers a stellar performance throughout.
The album called 'It's
About Time' has been out for a while and does have its
moments including a remake of Harold Melvin
and the Blue Notes 'Holding
back the Years' that's nicely done so why not discover
Alyson all over again - a
Listen to Alyson
'Got to give a lil' bit'